Koenigsegg has confirmed that it is working on a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but don’t expect to see it in any of its vehicles, ever.
In an interview with CarBuzz, Christian von Koenigsegg, the company’s founder, confirmed that the Swedish supercar maker is working on a high-performance four-pot on behalf of Chinese automaker Qoros.
“We are currently working on a 1.6-litre engine with Chinese carmaker Qoros that will have the potential to produce 400hp (298kW) or more,” von Koenigsegg told the website. “The same principles with which we designed the Agera and Regera engines can be applied to these smaller engines.”
That means that Koenigsegg will stick to producing insanely powerful supercars with their large displacement engines. Those hoping to see a Qoros production car challenging the Mercedes-AMG CLA45/A45, and its 280kW/475Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, best look away now.
Above: The Qoros ‘Qamfree’ engine at the Beijing motor show.
The Koenigsegg/Qoros engine collaboration is only intended as a proof of concept at this stage, with the Swedish car maker keen to show that through careful engineering heat dissipation in such a small engine can be kept in check.
To improve the engine’s efficiency, Koenigsegg has employed forged pistons and connecting rods, and high quality valves. Although von Koenigsegg considers electric compressors interesting, it was ruled out for this project as it was deemed too “clumsy, expensive and heavy”.
Koenigsegg and Qoros are working together on other projects. At the recent Beijing motor show, Qoros and Freevalve, Koenigsegg’s sister company, unveiled the ‘Qamfree’ engine that does away with camshafts in favour of Freevalve’s Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator technology.