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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 König acquired a Cooper from Graf Berghe von Trips for Junior Formula Racing.

In 1962, Willy König 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 König drove many legendary racing cars, including the Ferrari 275 GTB Competitions, Ford GT 40, Lola T 70, Abarth, Lotus, and many more besides.

From 1987 to 1990, Willy König drove in the BMW M 1 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 König, continued by his son Walter König, 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-SPECIALS has 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 (TÜV).

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 coupés 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 Coupé 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 TÜV 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.



Twin-Turbo-Supercharger, 1.000 PS/1150NM

Innovative development work and the experience gained over 30 years of commitment to motor racing are the basis for successful tuning operations and the broad range of KOENIG SPECIALS, based on the Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Porsche, Lamborghini, and other equally famous names.


KOENIG SPECIALS
products:

 

based on Ferrari
8 + 12 cylinder models 1974 - today.

"Based on Ferrari 512 B"

based on Lamborghini
Countach, Diablo, Murcielago, 1980 - today

"Based on Lamborghini Countach"


Based on Mercedes
C + E + S-class, SEC an SL 1980 - today

Based on Jaguar
XJ-S Coupe 1980

Based on Porsche 1980:
928, 911
 

1990: KOENIG C 62 based on Porsche 962 racing car


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1961: Willy Koenig at the Gaisberg race with the Cooper

1962: Willy Koenig with the 250 GT Berlinetta, short wheel base

1968: Willy König, 275 GTB Competition

1969: Ford GT 40

1990: Willy König, Porsche 935 K3 Le Mans

1989: Walter Koenig, BMW 320 Gr. 5

 

Koenig C62

1990: Willy Koenig, Porsche 962

1992: Walter König with the 365 BB at Brands Hatch

1989: Willy Koenig wins the 500 KM race with his BMW M1 Procar at the Nürburgring