Jay Leno Samples 2018 Koenigsegg Regera, Calls It A Game Changer

While there are rivals with just as much power out there, the Koenigsegg Regera is still a unique machine thanks to its patented Direct Drive system, which is said to reduce energy loss by up to 50% compared to a regular gearbox.

Τhe Swedish hyper/megacar recently made its way into Jay Leno’s Garage, where the former talk show host and car enthusiast got to drive it in Los Angeles with Christian von Koenigsegg himself sitting in the passenger’s seat.

After a long talk about the car, which by the way was sitting next to the Agera RS, the two got the Regera out on the road, where Leno instantly became very impressed with it, saying that it reminded him of the Porsche Carrera GT back when it first came out – in the sense that, like the GT, the Regera is a “game changer”.

Mostly responsible for that is the hybrid powertrain, which combines a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine with three electric motors, producing a total of 1,500 HP (1,11 MW). Meanwhile, the Direct Drive system provides instant torque, and lots of it: about 1,280 Nm, or roughly 944 lb-ft.

What all this means is that, in a straight line, the Regera will hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, whereas 200 km/h (124 mph) and 400 km/h (250 mph) are dispatched in 6.6 and under 20 seconds, respectively.

In the end, Leno said that he prefers the Regera to the Agera RS, due to the fact that the hybrid model is more refined and civilized.


  • Maher

    If I was able to afford paying few millions for a car, that’s the only car I find sense in paying millions for. Too bad I can only afford paying for a 2011 E70.

  • Big Black Duck

    I hope Chris can surprise us in the future by introducing their fist Muscle Car and 4X4

  • dumblikeyou2

    Jay Leno looks like Bea Arthur now.

    • Craig

      lol Sadly… that’s how it goes with a lot of men. As they [not ME of course!] get older – the ‘Bea-Effect’ takes over!

  • Six_Tymes

    great video, great to see Koenigsegg on Jay’s show

  • S3XY

    Next-Gen Roadster.

  • fabri99

    This is an engineering marvel and Christian should be absolutely proud of it. The Direct Drive system is mind-blowing. This Regera might be one of the few cars actually worth millions. It would take some getting used to (it still feels wrong to see the rev and noise rising and rising and never changing gear), but then again, anything truly innovative does.

  • Craig

    The NSX should have been more like this.

    • ksegg

      lol NSX. Sorry.

      • Craig

        Wow. How pompous [and ignorant] can you get?

        • ksegg

          It’s a joke. Lighten up!

  • ksegg

    There’s a reason it’s my avatar. I saw the Regera in person and touched my dream car during Car Week 2016 in Monterey.

    I was blown away at the attention to detail, design, performance……..everything.

    • Matthew Daraei

      Nice, I envy you.

      How would you compare it to Pagani? Is it better than them regarding attention to details?

      • ksegg

        I think they are both about neck and neck, but I prefer the Regera. I was looking at the carbon fiber wheel, and even something so simple as a wheel is so meticulously detailed down to the stem valve caps.

        A very surprising thing about the Regera is that I did not expect it to be as……small as it is. From pics it looks like Aventador sized….but it’s smaller than that.

        • Matthew Daraei

          Thank you for the reply.

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