Koenigsegg is plotting a new supercar to sit below its current range, a hybrid supercar at under £1 million with hybrid powertrain.
Christian von Koenigsegg has built a hypercar business from nowhere on the back of innovative engineering and passion, and although Koenigsegg is now firmly established and very successful, it builds only around 20 cars a year, with waiting lists for its cars stretching for years.
Despite his success, Christian von Koenigsegg still has passion and ambition, and the news that Koenigsegg has finally teamed up with Saab (well, NEVS) will lead to a new direction for Koenigsegg, one which will see a new supercar launched and volumes rising ten fold.
Speaking to Top Gear, Christian von Koenigsegg explained that the plan is to create a new entry-level car sitting at under £1 million using a hybrid electric powertrain, a car which would see volumes rise to around 200 cars a year.
That will be made possible by the tie-up with NEVS, but unlike many car makers Koenigsegg won’t be going down the EV supercar route. Not for a while, at least.
Koenigsegg reckons there aren’t going to be enough batteries in the world to meet the ambitions of mainstream EV makers like BMW and VW, so he sees the future as a CO2 neutral supercar using Koenigsegg’s camless combustion engine technology – Freevalve – with electrical assistance from a smaller battery pack. Christian said:
Our ambition is that this car will be completely CO2 neutral. Given the freevalve technology, we can actually cold-start the car on pure alcohol, down to -30 degrees Celsius, so there’s no need for any fossil fuel mix then. The idea is to prove to the world that even a combustion engine can be completely CO2 neutral.
The plan is for the new Koenigsegg supercar to arrive in 2020.