Willy Koenig started independent tuning operations in 1974 with the first Ferrari 365 BB supplied to Germany.
This was followed by tuning on a large number of Ferrari models, and then on vehicles from other exclusive makes, such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lamborghini, Jaguar, and Porsche, among others.
Racing was the key to the Koenig Specials tuning concept.
It was in 1961 that Willy Konig acquired a Cooper from Graf Berghe von Trips for Junior Formula Racing.
In 1962, Willy Konig was German Mountain Champion in a Ferrari Berlinetta, and was invited by Enzo Ferrari personally to an event held in his honour in Maranello.
Willy Konig drove many legendary racing cars, including the Ferrari 275 GTB Competitions, Ford GT-40, Lola T70, Abarth, Lotus, and many more besides.
From 1987 to 1990, Willy Konig drove in the BMW M1 Procar, the Porsche 962 C1, the Porsche 935 K 3-Le Mans and in 1990 he was German STT-Champion with the 935 K3.
Motor racing activities over more than 30 years of Willy Konig, continued by his son Walter Konig, allowed for the experience gained from racing to be introduced into the production of sportscars and exclusively tuned vehicles, as well as establishing the intimate links with the professional racing teams, engineers, designers, and development and manufacturing companies.
Right from the start, the philosophy of Koenig Specialshas been to built the ultimate in sportscars for the road, a synthesis of aerodynamics and design, with individual sporty or exclusive interior fittings and optimum driving characteristics, thanks to improved chassis, racing brakes, wide rims and tyres, sports exhaust systems, engine performance values, and, at the customer's request, with turbo, supercharger, or high-performance engines.
The overall range of performance includes the tuning and conversion of vehicles, and the supply of technical components, body parts, and conversion-kits.
Based on the 8-cylinder Ferrari model, turbo engines of 295kW/400h.p. to 440kW/600 h.p. are built, with complete bodywork and vehicle modification.
The 365 BB and 512 BB have been fitted with a 330 kW 450 h.p. engine and complete racing modification, suitable also for conventional road traffic, and have been successfully used in the racing environment.
High-performance twin-turbo engines are produced for nearly all 12-cylinder models from the 512 BBi onwards.
Only the finest materials are used, tested on test stands, in wind tunnels, and under extreme racing and road conditions, and tested and approved by the German Technical Supervisory Authority (TￜV).
This is how the most successful model of all the Koenig Specials, the Koenig Competition, came into being, based on the Ferrari Testarossa, with a 735kW/1.000 h.p. bi-turbo engine, which at the time was superior to all sportscars intended for road use. Cabrio designs were also made.
Among the exclusive coupes and limousines, the Mercedes SEC was taken as a basis, and, in an elaborate and sophisticated design and with optimum technology, achieved absolute sales records worldwide.
Over the years Koenig models and special designs have also been delivered to celebreties, such as the Diablo Special Roadster with an 590kW/800 h.p. twin-turbo engine.
The most successful model on a BMW base is the 840/850 Coup￩ with a supercharger-engine with up to 370kW/500 h.p., and complete Koenig Specials modification.
High-performance supercharger engines are available for a lot of BMW models.
The Koenig C 62, based on the Porsche 962 C1 racing sports car, was a successful creation from Koenig Specials as the first racing sports car approved for conventional road use, with TￜV approval, and won worldwide acclaim. High-performance supercharger and turbo engines are available for a lot of Porsche models.
Another amazing development from Koenig Specials, based on the Ferrari F 50, is the 625kW/850 h.p. /800 NM bi-turbo engine with improved aerodynamics, chassis, and brakes, and at a power-to-weight ration of only 1.47 kg per h.p., is one of the fastest road sportscars anywhere.
The respected German motor trade magazine "Sportauto" named this model as Readers' Choice as Sportscar of the Year 1999, in the highest sportscar class.
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