• Christian von Koenigsegg Demonstrates That Supercars Can Be Practical, Too

Or better said, the Koenigsegg Gemera is practical

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What’s the first thing you look at whenever a new hypercar is presented? Torque? Horsepower? The kind of engine/drivetrain it offers? Maybe what sort of wicked aerodynamic setups it flaunts? All of the above? Regardless of your answer, practicality is the last thing one cares about or expects from such a vehicle. Somehow, Koenigsegg’s Gemera made a selling point out of it.

1600+ horsepower, four seats, and eight cupholders

It was a bummer that COVID-19 cancelled Geneva but at the same time, the audacity of some carmakers made up for the sorrow. Koenigsegg’s Gemera hypercar was supposed to walk the walk in Geneva, but it didn’t. Instead, it was shown to the world via the digital realm, as many other debuts.

The spec sheet was a slur of spiciness and audacity, two elements that together with mechanical genius and lots of charisma make Christian von Koenigsegg one of the most pleasant figures in the car world and his company’s cars absolute stunners. Case in point, the Gemera.

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Relying on a hybrid setup mixing a 2.0-liter, inline-three turbo mill (it, alone, makes 592 horsepower) with three e-motors for a total system output of 1677 horsepower and 2581 pound-feet of torque, the Gemera needs 1.9 seconds before it reaches 62 mph from a standstill. It has a carbon-fiber tub, aluminum sub-structures, and all the other compulsory bits and bobs of a hypercar. At the same time, it has two doors, but it can seat four people and we’re not talking babies.

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In the Gemera, the front seats can be moved forward and backwards, and the backrest can also be tilted. What’s more, the rails on which they travel are going up towards the front, so if one driver is particularly shorter, moving the seat up will fix it. The beauty of it, however, lies in the fact that even with the front seats fully pulled behind, you can still fit in the backseat, with decent room for knees and head.

But we get it. Seeing is believing, so check out the video to see how four adults can travel in style and comfort inside the Gemera.

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2021 Koenigsegg Gemera specifications
Engine Koenigsegg Tiny Friendly Giant Twin Turbo Freevalve 3-cylinder Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) with dry sump lubrication
Compression 9.5:1 - Bore: 95 mm - stroke: 93.5 mm
Horsepower 440 kW (600 bhp) at 7500 rpm, red line at 8500 rpm
Torque 600 Nm from 2000 rpm to 7000 rpm
Engine weight 70 kg
E-Motors Three Electric Motors: One for each rear wheel with 500 bhp and 1000 Nm each and one E-motor on the crankshaft 400 bhp and 500 Nm to power the front wheels (together with the ICE)
Total output 1700 bhp
Total Torque 3500 Nm, including Hydracoup
Max wheel torque 11,000 Nm at ICE 4000 rpm
ICE only range up to 950 km
Electric range up to 50 km
Total range up to 1000 km
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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