Performance Cars Steal Spotlight At Geneva Motor Show

2016 Koenigsegg Regera – John LeBlanc

What is it? The Swedish supercar maker’s first gas-electric hybrid vehicle. The Regera’s combination of a 1,085 horsepower twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre eight-cylinder gas engine and a trio of electric motors (one on each rear wheel and one on the V8’s crankshaft) making 697-hp add up to a robust 1,782-hp and 1,549 pound-feet of torque.

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Koenigsegg Regera

The Regera could mark the end of not only the double-clutch transmission, but the transmission as we know it. The Koenigsegg Direct Drive transmission, or KDD for short, uses a hydraulic coupling to bring the engine power to the drive wheels. Below 30 mph, the Regera relies on its electric motors.

Above 30 mph, the Regera’s engine speed and wheel speed rise in direct proportion, all the way to the engine’s 8,250 rpm redline, which matches the top speed of 249 mph. Invented by Christian von Koenigsegg but developed by the company’s engineering team, the KDD system creates a direct drive to the rear axle from the engine without the need of multitude gears or other traditional types of variable transmissions.