• The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Has Vantablack-Painted Headlights

The blackest of all blacks finds its way on the fastest Koenigsegg ever built

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We are not going to lie, back when BMW unveiled the X6 Vantablack, we fronwed. Like, a lot. Luckily, that color wasn’t going to be used on road-going cars, at least not as body paint.

It turns out, however, that the Koenigseg Jesko Absolut, the Swedish carmaker’s fastest hypercar ever, features the blackest of all blacks in two very obvious places.

Where can I see the Vantablack on a Jesko Absolut?

We’re bummed that we couldn’t get to see the Jesko Absolut in the metal at this year’s cancelled 2020 Geneva Motor Show. However, we’re glad Koenigsegg allowed some youtubers access to the car, under the guidance of none other than Christian von Koenigsegg himself.

One such youtuber is Mr JWW, who was given a static tour of the car by the Koenigsegg boss man. As usual, there’s a lot of interesting stuff coming out from Christian von Koenigsegg, but what really caught our ear is that the Jesko Absolut’s headlights actually have Vantablack as part of their design.

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Has Vantablack-Painted Headlights
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So, besides the knife blade-shaped LED strip, the headlight cluster has Vantablack coupled with three spoony-looking, mirror-like elements that are actually floating on the Vantablack background.

These are not there just for the sake of aesthetics – their role is to bounce out the shooting light produced by the LED strip in front of the car. Well, hot damn, who would have thought that a carmaker was actually capable of finding a good use for Vantablack?

In case Vantablack sounds familiar but you don’t know exactly how to put your finger on it, here’s something to refresh your memory. The Vantablack VBx2 coating is so black that it absorbs 99.96 percent of all visible light. BMW concocted it as an alternative to your run-of-the-mill psychedelic camouflage wrap that we’re so used to seeing on test mules, so just like you, we expected it to cover BMW’s work-in-progress vehicles. But as it turned out, Koenigsegg actually used this shade of black on its Jesko Absolut and Christian von Koenigsegg even mentions at some point in the video that the color is featured by the standard Jesko as well.

The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Has Vantablack-Painted Headlights
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So, to recap. Koenigsegg didn’t just build the fastest car to ever feature in its lineup, but it also fitted it with a color that is theoretically illegal to use as body paint.

If that’s not another proof of Christian von Koenigsegg’s genius, we honestly don’t know what is.

The 2021 Jesko Absolut gets the same 5.0-liter, 1,600-horsepower twin-turbo V-8 as the regular Jesko, but it’s been heavily tweaked for top-shelf aerodynamics through a series of body bits and bobs, including two stabilizing fins inspired by the F-15 fighter jet. Oh, and rumor has it the Jesko Absolut can hit a top speed of 330 mph (532 kph).

Koenigsegg Jesko specifications
Engine Koenigsegg twin turbo aluminium 5,0L V8, 4 valves per cylinder, flat-plane crankshaft, double overhead camshafts, dry sump lubrication
Compression: 8.6:1
Bore: 92 mm Stroke: 95.25 mm
Sequential, multipoint fuel injection with individual cylinder pressure sensors and back pressure sensors
Closed loop individual combustion and lambda control, twin ceramic ball bearing turbo chargers with Koenigsegg response system.
1.7 bar boost pressure (2.2 bar with E85)
Dry sump lubrication. Carbon fiber intake manifold with optimised intake tracts
Tig-welded ceramic coated 0.8 mm wall thickness inconel exhaust system manifold with merge collector
Total engine weight: 189 kg
OUTPUT Gasoline: 955 kW (1280 hp) at 7800 rpm, redline at 8500 rpm.
E85: 1195 kW (1600 hp)
Torque: 1000 Nm from 2700 to 6170 rpm
Max torque: 1500 Nm at 5100 rpm
Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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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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