This is Koenigsegg’s fastest series-produced car we’ll ever see

Koenigsegg wasn’t going to sit and watch all the other carmakers unloading their press releases and picture packs on the internet. No, sir. So the Swedish carmaker dropped what it calls the Jesko Absolut, a supercar that’s based on the Jesko but ups the ante when it comes to aerodynamics and high-speed road behavior.

OK, so it’s not a special edition made with Absolut the vodka, then?

2021 Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
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A nine-speed LST gearbox

No, there’s no alcohol involved. The Jesko Absolut was instilled with a drag coefficient (Cd) of 0.278, which will help make it “unbelievably fast” according to Koenigsegg’s simulations.

So, what changed visually? Well, for starters, the Jesko Absolut doesn’t feature a massive rear wing. Instead, it flaunts two fins that take inspiration from the F-15 fighter jet’s double vertical stabilizers. According to Koenigsegg, they help the hypercar “clean up airflow over the rear end, which stabilizes the Jesko Absolut at high speeds and surprisingly also reduce total drag.”

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And a Cd of 0.278 make it “unbelievably fast”

What’s more, the Absolut features a couple of elements that make it look a lot like the McLaren Speedtail. These are:

  • an extended rear hood
  • covered rear wheels
  • lowered suspension
  • missing front-wheel louvres
  • front hood closed air duct

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut - Powertrain

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The Jesko Absolut loses the menacing rear wing…

The Jesko Absolut is powered by the same 1,600-horsepower, twin-turbocharged, 180-degree crankshaft V-8. The engine revs to 8,500 rpm and mates to Koenigsegg’s house-produced nine-speed Light Speed Transmission (LST).

Mind you, Christian von Koenigsegg is adamant that the Jesko Absolut can work as a daily driver as well. You can actually stow the roof in the front trunk, so you get less downforce and the option to soften the suspension setup.

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
2021 Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
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The Jesko Absolut loses the menacing rear wing…
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And instead gains two stabilizing fins.
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It looks like a fighter jet for the road…
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And offers the performance to back up the design.
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1,600 horsepower from a twin-turbo V-8
2021 Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
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A nine-speed LST gearbox
2021 Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut
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And a Cd of 0.278 make it “unbelievably fast”
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 More
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