Intriguing? You bet.
For last year’s Auto Shanghai, Qoros introduced a showcar powered by a revolutionary four-cylinder engine called 'Qamfree' developed by FreeValve AB, a sister company of Koenigsegg. The vehicle’s powertrain did not have a camshaft or any related components; instead, it was fitted with FreeValve’s Pneumatic-Hydraulic-Electric-Actuator technology.
For the forthcoming show in China, Qoros and Koenigsegg have joined forces yet again, but this time around it’s an entirely different car. While the camless Qoros 3-based concept was a hatchback, the new 9 QlectriQ takes the shape of a full EV performance model with a futuristic fastback design. We’re mostly intrigued by the door opening mechanism and also by what appears to be a heavy use of carbon fibre.
Reports coming from China are indicating the new concept will run to 62 mph in as little as three seconds and will have enough battery juice for up to 310 miles.
We will know what’s what in the coming days as the Auto Shanghai 2017 will open its doors to the press on the 19th, although the 9 QlectriQ could go official several days before its first public appearance. Judging by what we are able to see so far in these dark teaser images, it seems improbable the concept will ever morph into a production car.
Aside from teaming up with Qoros once again, Swedish supercar marque Koenigsegg is also collaborating with Spyker. The limited-run C8 Preliator Spyder introduced last month in Geneva will use a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8 engineered by Koenigsegg to develop a meaty 600 hp and 600 Nm of torque.