Christian von Koenigsegg Loves the Aston Martin Valkyrie

His feelings are slightly different towards the designs of the AMG Project One and the McLaren Senna.

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Koenigsegg's new model, the replacement of the Agera was only shown at the Geneva Motor Show in digital form, to a few selected customers. Luckily for us, not having to deal with a car launch meant Christian von Koenigsegg suddenly had time to have a look around the show, which is a rare luxury for the exhibitors.

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Now, here's what the man behind the fastest car in the world thinks of the work of Aston Martin, Mercedes-AMG, and McLaren:

I think the Aston Martin Valkyrie is very very extreme. The one they are showing here is not even road legal, just a track weapon, and I think when you look at it, you realize that it’s hard to come up with something more extreme. Which is interesting, you know. It’s really focused. And with the V12, a naturally-aspirated V12, it would sound amazing. I think it’s a fantastic thing, and to me, it’s much more appealing than the AMG.
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There’s something about the AMG. It doesn’t look as dynamic. I mean under the skin, it’s very advanced. But the skin itself looks kind of plain. Especially compared to the Valkyrie.
When I saw pictures of the first version, it didn’t look very…balanced, and this one (the GTR) didn’t help very much. And they say it’s because of the aero, yeah? But look at the Valkyrie! The same or more aero, and it looks kind of beautiful in the sense that it’s extreme, yet the shapes are appealing. I like McLaren, but this one just doesn’t look as cohesive. There’s a lot of add-on. But it’s based on an existing car, so there were locked in parameters.

There you have it. Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer must be a very happy camper right now.

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