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Rumors Spread on Successor of Agera
Recently, in the auto news industry, rumors are spreading about the successor of the Agera. The name is believed to be from a “reliable source close to Koenigsegg”, according to The Supercar Blog. This name is the Koenigsegg Ragnarok. Unrelating, this may strike a reminder to the Thor: Ragnarok film that hit theatres in 2017 with slightly over $850 million in worldwide revenue. Just a quick reminder, this is the film where Chris Hemsworth plays Thor in protecting against the destruction of the gods and world. Furthermore, the word “Ragnarok” translates to “the Doom of the Gods” in old Norse. During this event, the mythical cycle ends, and the cosmos is destroyed, then recreation takes place. So, with a name like this, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok should rattle the hypercar realm.
An Expectation of Performance Figures
“We’re talking 0 to 250 mph in 14 seconds or something like this. It’s like, black marks all the way up to 250 mph.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
Under the hood, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will most likely sport the twin-turbo V8 seen in the Agera RS, but even better. The horsepower range will be around 1,400, at least 40 over the Agera RS that could reach almost 278 mph at top speed. Now, prepare yourself to be taken back by the expected performance. Koenigsegg wants the Ragnarok to reach 250 mph in only 14 seconds, leaving rubber the entire way behind. With the combination of a V8, 23 psi boost from the turbo, and a ratio of 8.8:1 instead of 9.5:1, this car could feed 32 psi for an instant 600 horsepower boost. Phew! That’s one hell of a performance. Honestly, hopefully it will happen as it is true insanity for a production vehicle of any type. With this car, Koenigsegg hopes to hold back the Tesla Roadster’s advantages.
Targets Set on the Tesla Roadster
“We kind of had our future mapped out, and then we heard about the new Tesla Roadster and its insane acceleration numbers, and we thought ‘damn, that’s put the gauntlet down. We thought, ‘this is not okay’”. – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
Recently, Christian von Koenigsegg, the CEO and founder of Koenigsegg, spoke to Top Gear about the Tesla Roadster. Initially, Koenigsegg didn’t truly believe the performance expectations for the Tesla. But, unfortunately, Elon Musk wasn’t lying when we spoke of the insane acceleration in the Roadster. Now, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will most likely be Koenigsegg’s attempt to strike back.
“We wondered whether it was possible, and yeah, it’s possible. Then we thought, ‘okay how do we deal with it? This is embarrassing.’ In two days we’d thought of a few things. The simplest way of putting it is like this: it’s combining direct drive with the hybridization we have in a different format with Freevalve engine technology, in a peculiar layout.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
After refocusing energy from the already planned future, to a new future, Koenigsegg believes to have found a way to do it. Koenigsegg plans to use a combustion engine, versus an electric setup, to compete with the Roadster. This doesn’t make it direct competition, but it is close enough being in the same hypercar class. Their goal is to use direct drive with hybridization. Next, it’ll include Freevalve engine tech in a specific layout. Not being extremely detailed, Koenigsegg teased at this during the interview as seen above. Now, it is somewhat an expectation that the Koenigsegg Ragnarok will be the new frontier.
Koenigsegg is “Just Scratching the Surface”
IN DEPTH: Koenigsegg Factory Tour with Christian von Koenigsegg – Shmee150 – YouTube
“What we see with our engines, we’ve noticed that we’re just scratching the surface of what we can achieve.” – Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder & CEO of Koenigsegg (During Interview with Top Gear)
According to Christian von Koenigsegg, the company is “just scratching the surface”. With the Koenigsegg Ragnarok, the auto industry will rattle from the wrath of power. Although nothing is truly known, the car will display at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in March of 2019. At this show, the world will see the future of the hypercar realm. If the power figures are true, this is an Earth car fit for Thor, maybe somewhat of what he’d expect in Asgard. In conclusion, the Koenigsegg Ragnarok’s name may, or may not, be correct, but the car will be a beast.
Note: There are no pictures of the “Ragnarok” currently available. The main picture for the post is of the Koenigsegg Regera. Thanks for understanding!
Themes by McLaren Special Operations
Recently, McLaren Special Operations released two themes: Pacific & Track. Previously this year, the Atlantic theme had its debut. There is also the Velocity Theme as seen at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, being the 1st MSO theme for the 720S. The color schemes by McLaren Special Operations (MSO) cater to enthusiasts with a bit more interest in style. The Pacific theme is a mix of blue hues representing an ocean whereas the Track theme is a mix of white and orange. Each of these color sets are special editions which will most likely have a production limit. Either way, both combos are stunning on the awe-inspiring McLaren 720S.
MSO Pacific Theme for the 720S
The McLaren 720S Pacific theme begins with blue hues representing the Pacific Ocean. The exterior begins with Cerulean Blue paint. Next, the accents on the car are a darker hue of Estoril Blue. This can be seen on the door intake region. Furthermore, all of the 720S carbon fiber is a Cobalt Blue tone. This includes carbon on the air intakes, front splitter, mirror casings, rear bumper, rear deck, rear diffuser, and roof. Lastly, blue reaches the interior by displaying on the seats and steering wheel. If the tones of the Pacific ocean are of interest, then this car is perfect.
MSO Track Theme for the 720S
Next, the McLaren 720S Track theme will be the focus. The first Track theme 720S was commissioned by McLaren Manchester. This car begins with an Anniversary White paint job inspired by the 1980s McLaren F1 theme. Next, black and orange accents extend to the doors, rear, hood, and wheels. For the wheels, there are black rims with an orange outer lip. Furthermore, the mirror caps are in a “speedy kiwi” design. Lastly on the exterior, the carbon fiber has a satin finish to save weight. On the interior, black Alcantara upholstery withholds orange contrast stitching. Finally, the lightweight titanium harness bar allows a 6-point harness.
Who Doesn’t Want a McLaren 720S?
Here’s Why the McLaren 720S Is Worth $300,000 – Doug DeMuro – YouTube
Truthfully, who doesn’t want a McLaren 720S? Well… maybe somebody out there. Either way, the MSO Pacific and Track themes please the eyes. If the Pacific layout is too light, check out the Atlantic theme tones. MSO did a great job with these new color combos. The real question is, what will come next? In conclusion, the McLaren 720S is an amazing sports car and these paints jobs only complement it further.
Get Ready for the Aston Martin SUV
For the 2020 model year, Aston Martin plans to bring a 4-door crossover SUV to the market, the DBX. The 2020 Aston Martin DBX will be Aston’s attempt to join the luxury SUV market. Recently, many luxury brands have built their own style of SUVs. This includes manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Lamborghini, and even Rolls-Royce. With this vehicle, Aston hopes to increase its sales above 4,000 globally per year. But, this will heavily depend on the market reaction upon an official debut. By impressing everyone, Aston may be able to stand out in the luxury SUV market.
Features & Specifications
Initially, the Aston Martin DBX was on display as a 2-door concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. From exterior to interior, this car should please most auto enthusiasts. Firstly, there will be a reworked component set of the DB11 coupe, mostly of aluminum. Secondly, the production version in 2020 should feature a Mercedes V8 engine. But, Aston does intend to release a fully electric SUV within a few years later. Thirdly, as per production, this vehicle is on track to be built in Wales. Unfortunately, for 2-door SUV enthusiasts, Aston doesn’t plan to build an AMC Spirit.
“To Be, Or Not To Be? That is the Question.”
FIRST LOOK: Aston Martin DBX Concept – Geneva 2015 – Shmee150 – YouTube
This famous quote by William Shakespeare in Hamlet, Act III, Scene I relates to this vehicle. But, with every new luxury SUV, this question falls present. Aston Martin does not want to embarrass itself with another failure such as the Lagonda SUV (not saloon). The Aston Martin Lagonda SUV was on display at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. As per the 2020 Aston Martin DBX, this vehicle will have decent competition. These vehicles include the Bentley Bentayga, Lamborghini Urus, Rolls-Royce Cullinan, and the Tesla Model X. As per price point, the DBX is expected to cost around $225,000. This is decently more than the Model X but definitely cheaper than a Cullinan. In conclusion, time will only tell if the DBX will be successful… or not.
Note: The pictures for this article are of the 2-door concept DBX. The release DBX will be a 4-door variant. Aston Martin has not released official pictures yet for the rendition.