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The Beginner’s Guide to Koenigsegg

The Beginner's Guide to Koenigsegg

Because what we’ve done so far is discuss the migration patterns of mallards.

Continue. If we can all agree that the original Koenigsegg CC still has a major influence on the shape and ethos of the cars that came out of it (and since reading a written article is somewhat one-way, we have to assume that with us on this), what can we say about the powertrain? Well, hopefully something interesting so you can get off our damn backs. But we digress.

The monumental V8s that have powered every two-seat Koenigsegg, from the first CC8S to the current Jesko, are considered a read, as are the mind-boggling powers Christian’s team manages to pull off. Even the CC prototype had Audi’s 4.2 V8. It’s been a bit of a thing for a quarter of a century. But it almost wasn’t.

Audi was eager to supply Koenigsegg with V8s, but not so much with Christian’s plans to tune them to 600 horsepower for his cars. So the deal fell apart. The next step we would have probably taken would have been to call AMG, or maybe Porsche. Or just buy a sea container full of LS engines and have fun that way.

Christian’s next idea? A flat-12 engine designed by legendary race car and engine designer Carlo Chiti, intended to power a Subaru-supported entry into the 1990 Formula 1 season. Because that’s all very logical.

To be fair, they got pretty far with the flat-12: they gave the race engine handling and still got 580 horsepower at 9,000 rpm on the dyno. But Chiti’s engineering business continued not long after his death, leaving Koenigsegg… well, powerless. Some say it’s been making up for it ever since…