One of the most exclusive cars in the world, the Koenigsegg Regera, will be making its way to an Australian showroom in the near future.
A new Brisbane-based distributor, Prodigy Automotive, is behind bringing the Swedish manufacturer to Australia.
The first Regera isn’t expected to land for another 24-36 months, and will cost a cool $3 million, but Prodigy Automotive director Nicholas Batzialas is confident there is a market for the hypercars in Australia.
“We have got a little bit of interest already,” Batzialas told Wheels.
“They will actively be sold in Australia, and depending on supply we are hoping for one a year. We think that is where the market will be, and certainly Koenigsegg want to be in Australia.”
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The Regera is Koenigsegg’s flagship model, powered by a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and three electric motors, producing a combined 1100kW and 2000Nm. Yes, you read those numbers right. All that power is delivered by a unique direct-drive system to the rear wheels, catapulting the Regera to 100km/h in 2.7-seconds, 300km/h in 10.9-seconds, and 400km/h in 20-seconds, before hitting the electronically limited top speed of 410km/h.
Batzialas, along with business partner John Kochanski, brokered the deal to distribute the cars in Australia directly with the Koenigsegg factory in Sweden.
“I have been in the automotive business for 20 years, I have managed Holden dealerships, and have broken out to doing my own thing,” Batzialas added.
“John I have known for 10 years. I said to John, ‘There is an opportunity in the market to bring in some niche supercars and hypercars that haven’t been in the country before, such as Koenigsegg’.
“Koenigsegg we have secured a couple of Regeras for us. As you can understand, Koenigsegg is a very, very small manufacturer, and the cars take about 6 months to build a car by hand. They are a very, very specialised vehicle, and will probably land here at close to $3,000,000.”
Wheels understands there are just two Koenigsegg’s currently in Australia, a sole road-legal 2008 Koenigsegg CCX, and another which is not registered.
The Australian Regeras will be built as right-hand drives before being shipped, with Prodigy Automotive ensuring the cars meet all local regulations.
“They are coming into the country fully homologated, and fully right hand drive from the factory. All the ADRs will be met,” Batzialas said.
Batzialas was given the chance to ride along in a Regera in Sweden, describing the experience as “quite neck breaking”. However, he doesn’t expect the hypercars to become daily drivers in Australia.
“Cars that are capable of 440km/h are pretty exciting, but mainly they are for collectors,” he explained.
“Most of the guys that buy these cars are collectors. Princes, Sheiks, and stuff like that. A One:1 sold for US$2.7 million to the US from Sweden, and recently resold for US$9.9 million.”