Last week I got this:
Thank you for your inquiry.
Sorry, but we only produce the cars with paddle shift gearboxes. May I ask why you are averse to them? Paddle shifters are much faster and more reliable.
Director - Sales
Fun, do they understand the nature of "fun
"? And, "reliability"? That's what the supercar market is about now? RELIABILITY?!?
It seems the Swedes are becoming German... So I sent back an email telling them I wasn't interested, because I don't want to buy more cars with DCTs, automated manuals, or whatever else they want to call them, and quite frankly I was disappointed that true sports car enthusiasts have seemingly been forgotten.
I thought, "well, that's that" and went about my business. This morning I receive another email:
I would like to discuss this with you on the telephone. I may have a solution for you.
Please call me at +46 431 45 ** **
Director - Sales
So I call, WTH right? After introductions and some pleasantries, he essentially explains that they never designed a MT for the Agera because they thought there wouldn't be any interest (I don't buy that), however they now see that the omission "may have been short-sighted". (Personally, I believe it was done to comply with stupid emission and safety standards, but I digress.) Although there's nothing he can do about an Agera with a stick, he does have a CCX at the factory (pre-owned w/ 1700km on it) that is now in CCXR trim (updated aero package) that can be brought up to current model spec to run on E85 biofuel, and it does
have a MT. In fact, I found out that any Koenigsegg that's been built in the last 5 years can be upgraded like that (are you kidding me?).
So, I then asked the obvious question, if the gearbox blows up can I get a replacement, or am I screwed? He said, "yes, we guarantee a replacement".
Essentially the CCX has a 2-year factory warranty, is refreshed to new condition, and after further modification and testing can be shipped out ASAP. Does it meet DOT and EPA specs? Yep. How much? Less than a new Agera R, quite a bit less. He also assured me that several other parties were interested and if I wanted it I "need to act now". I don't believe he was bluffing there, so I did, and we worked out the business part of it. It's this one, BTW, it had been in a few photo shoots before it was originally sold.
While talking I did mention the noise, Koenigseggs I've seen in videos seem very loud inside the cockpit. He told me it's mostly exaggerated due to the way the audio is set up in the cars (not sure I buy that), but they can add some additional damping to cut engine noise by several dB, but at the expense of adding ~10kg. So I ask if they can just remove the stereo, navigation, and speakers to make up for it. He laughed, "absolutely". Why would a person want a sound system in a car like that, it ruins part of the experience. Sat Nav? I'll just add a mount for my phone.
Anyhow, it can't be said that I'm not doing my part to stimulate the global economy.