Koenigsegg planning $650k entry-level supercar?

04/25/2014   [Original: Autoblog]
Category: Sports/GTs, Koenigsegg

Koenigsegg Agera

"Entry level" is a relative term. For Nissan, for example, that means a $12k Versa. For Mercedes, it means the $30,000 CLA. For Porsche, the $50k Boxster. In Ferrari terms, that translates to the $200k California. But what does it mean for Koenigsegg, a company that makes supercars that sell for upwards of $1 million?

According to Australian car site Motoring.com.au, which spoke to Christian von Koenigsegg at the New York Auto Show last week, the exotic automaker is planning a new "entry level" model (there's that term again) to sell for around $600-700k (in US dollars). That would make it about half the price of the Agera ($1.3 million) and significantly less than the Agera S ($1.5M) Agera R ($1.6M) or the bonkers, sold-out Agera One:1 ($2.85M) with its perfect power-to-weight ratio and one megawatt of power on tap. That would also place it in a mostly vacant price bracket, bridging the gap between a $350-400k Ferrari F12 or Lamborghini Aventador and the million-dollar hypercars with which Christian and company currently compete. It could, however, find itself competing directly with the P15 supercar being developed by McLaren.

Just how the baby Ksegg would emerge remains a big question mark. We'd expect it to follow a similar formula to the Agera (and the CC line before it) with a V8 with some manner of forced induction mounted amidships in a two-seat, possibly lift-topped chassis. Don't go expecting a thousand horsepower or 3D-printed titanium parts, though, as the Swedish company will need to create some space between the new model and the Agera line if it's going to sell one alongside the other.

When reached for comment, Koenigsegg spokesperson Josephine Winger Lang said only, "We have nothing planned more than the Agera model year 2015," which really raises more questions than it answers. For one, that would mean that either she, her boss or the Australian publication citing her boss misspoke, to put it charitably. For another, we don't quite believe that any company could have "nothing planned" for its future beyond the next model year. But it also makes us wonder what improvements Koenigsegg might be preparing to roll out for the Agera. Lang refused to elaborate, but we suppose we'll find out sooner or later.