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Thursday, 5 March 2009

Koenigsegg and NLV present the Quant at the Geneva Motor Show

There are some emerging trends on the automotive market. Four-door coupes are one of them, as Porsche Panamera, Lamborghini Estoque and Aston Martin Rapide can prove. The other is electric cars. You can see Chevrolet Volt, Tesla Roadster and Fisker Karma reinforce this idea. The Swedish automaker Koenigsegg has managed to follow both trends all at once with the NLV Quant. Well, sort of.

As you can see, Quant does not have four doors, but two large gull-wing doors that give access to the four places of the car, with a wheelbase of 3.10 m. It is 4.88 m long, 1.34 m high and 2.02 m wide.

NLV is the name of the company that has provided the batteries and the solar recharging system. In fact, calling the FAES (Flow Accumulator Energy Storage) a battery may be unfair. After all, this energy accumulator can be recharged in 20 minutes and provides a range of 500 km. It is, by far, the best system presented so far, if Koenigsegg can prove its claims on it.

As it is expected from the Swedish automaker, the Quant is able to achieve a high performance. Its drag coefficient is 0.27 and its projected curb weight is 1,780 kg. Powered by two electric engines at the rear wheels, able to generate 512 bhp and 715 Nm from 0 rpm, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 s and to reach a top speed of 275 km/h. Wheels are 22 inches wide, with low friction Michelin 245/35 R 22 at the front and 265/35 R 22 at the back.

Apart from that, Quant has a thin-film photovoltaic coating all over the car body that also provides electricity to the FAES system. Prices are still to be defined, but the car will definitely be sold in the near future.

Source: Koenigsegg and NLV

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