Thursday Thunder – Koenigsegg
Koenigsegg was founded in Sweden, in 1994. A childhood dream come reality.
The CC concept car, their first prototype, showed a lack of finesse and consistency although the essence of what could be an interesting new brand was there. The CC had interesting features, now typical for Koenigsegg: a cab forward design with wrap around visor like windshield and the come-out-and-turn-upwards scissor doors. The arched roofline was tucked underneath a spoiler which was held in between the rather unsophisticated rear wings. Surfacing was basic and clean however control was lacking: flat and featureless on the nose, bulky and heavy in the rear. Details and jewelry were poorly executed and third party lighting clusters badly integrated. Not the best start.
But the company has grown strongly in its understanding of the subject. With every new model the quality of the aesthetics grew, without losing their original concept and its bold ideas.
Fast forward to the Regera, which looks like a proper contender in the super car class. The cab forward design and wrap around windshield have both been continued, a well-executed interpretation of Koenigsegg brand DNA. Interesting solutions like the ‘upside down’ rear spoiler aerodynamics and the tailor-made front and taillights are a big achievement for a tiny brand.
Compared to outgoing models the Regera looks stretched in side view, not bulky anymore. It has good proportions. The graphics on the side -an interesting new take in the typical large air intake flanking every Koenigsegg- do look a bit harsh, flat and stiff though. Despite the fact there is a lot more consistency between front, side and rear, it could still do with a bit more. The intakes all seem to have a different character, for instance: on the bonnet three rounded cut outs, two harsh and pointy intakes on the outer corners of the bumper surrounded by a strong facet and thirdly a wide central intake in the lower bumper divided by pointy carbon fiber blades. The air vents behind the rear wheel are divided by the shut line of the rear bumper. They all use a different language, which makes the overall picture looks a bit random.
A supercar should be a visual spectacle and the Regera sure is. It is better executed than some of its rivals, but the whole should be greater than the sum of its parts and although it is a massive achievement Koenigsegg made it this far, I am not sure if the Regera pulls it off completely.
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