Aside from having a difficult-to-spell name, Christian von Koenigsegg has been associated for many years with high-performance, gear-jamming, high-octane fun. That’s because von Koenigsegg is the founder of Koenigsegg cars, the Swedish company known for its ultra-fast, super-sexy, exclusive hypercars. With a 0-62 mph time of 2.8 seconds, and a top speed of 273 mph, the firm’s current halo model — the 2013 Agera R — isn’t all that environmentally friendly however, managing a paltry 16 mpg US (14.7 l/100km, 19.2 mpg UK) or so.
Yet the man behind this fire-breathing, gas-guzzling idol of Top Gear fans around the world has come out this week with a little secret: he’s purchased a Tesla Model S. What’s more, von Koenigsegg says it handles far better than a BMW M5.
As Motor Authority reported yesterday, von Koenigsegg is no stranger to electric cars, and has previously said that he sees zero-emissions cars becoming the dominant form of transport in just six years. A few years ago, he even joined forces with startup company Quant with a bid to produce a high-performance all-electric sports car. Called the Koenigsegg Quant Concept 010, it debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in full-size model form, but never entered production. Koenigsegg even planned to buy the then financially-stricken Swedish automaker SAAB in an attempt to bring the car to reality, but for various reasons it didn’t happen.
Von Koenigsegg broke the news that he’d recently taken delivery of his Tesla Model S to an EV conference in Sweden , where he said he’d been waiting for more than eighteen months for the high-performance electric sedan. It isn’t clear at the current time if the Model S is his daily driver, but he did reportedly say that the Tesla Model S couldn’t be beaten in terms of performance versus price, calling it the best car in its price range.
Moreover, he added, the Model S sedan was far quicker to accelerate, than BMW’s performance-oreinted M5 sedan as well as far superior handling and a more fun driving experience. If that isn’t an endorsement of plug-in cars and the Tesla Model S specifically, we don’t know what is. In fact, we can’t help wonder just how long it will be before we see an electric Koenigsegg.
It just goes to show how well-engineered the Tesla Model S is — and how addictive its torquey all-electric drivetrain is, even to hardened petrol heads.
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