If You Think Making a Koenigsegg Road Legal Is Easy, Think Again!
Koenigsegg, the Swedish motley crew responsible for some of the world’s fastest road-legal hypercars, is at the forefront of automotive development with its Regera plug-in hybrid and the 240+ mph Jesko that features a nine-speed, seven-clutch transmission. While all this tech took time and a lot of money to develop, the bulk of Koenigsegg’s resources are actually spent during the homologation process and here’s why.
Watch the Koenigsegg Regera Twist Its Wheels Up to 186 MPH With Ease
Koenigsegg’s Regera is a hybrid. A 1,480-horsepower hybrid that’s torturing its tires with over 1,475 pound-feet of torque. Hiding a 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 as well as three electric motors, the Regera is a car so mind-numbingly fast we’d wish Christian von Koenigsegg was tasked with conceiving all of the world’s hybrids.
Christian von Koenigsegg Demonstrates That Supercars Can Be Practical, Too
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.
Polestar Says Its Collaboration With Koenigsegg Isn’t What You Expected
If you got all excited about a possible collaboration between Koenigsegg and Polestar, like we did yesterday, it’s time to calm down because they’re not working on a state-of-the-art vehicle together. According to Polestar, the teasers the two brands shared on social media are just for a promotional video for the Gemera and the Precept concept.
Can the Koenigsegg Gemera and the Polestar Precept Concept Morph Into an Awesome Electric Supercar?
Koenigsegg took the supercar world by storm in early 2020 with the Gemera, a four-seat grand tourer with a hybrid drivetrain that generates up to 1,700 horsepower. Around the same time, Polestar, Volvo’s performance division, unveiled the Precept, a fully electric sports sedan that previews at least one production model.
What do these companies have in common? Not much apart from the fact that both are from Sweden, but their latest Instagram posts suggest they might be working together on a car project.
Koenigsegg’s Electronic Stability Control Can Protect Even the Dumbest Drivers
It’s hard to ignore Christian von Koenigsegg’s brilliance when it comes to developing supercars. And while Koenigsegg’s more recent offerings such as the Gemera and Jesko Absolut are just enough to blow your mind, one of the brand’s most popular models, although now considered ’old’, still manages to impress.
No, not by violent 0-60 mph sprints or brake-disc-melting decelerations, but by the way it stays glued to the ground and stable when mishandled.
This is What a Real, Entry-Level Koenigsegg Supercar Could Look Like
The digital concept that you see here wasn’t exactly commissioned by Koenigsegg, and there’s a good chance that it won’t find it’s way to production, but it was designed under the supervision of Sasha Selipanov and Christian von Koenigsegg as a graduation thesis for Finnish design Ea Mustonen. It’s called the Koenigsegg Raw, features a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio, and could represent an entry-level model in the lineup should it manage to be green-lit for production.
Math Shows Us How Fast the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Could Be
We’re back on the topic of Koenigsegg’s radically-looking Jesko Absolut. With all the specs out of the bag, here’s still something we don’t know about the Absolut. And that something is its top speed.
When Koenigsegg dropped the Jesko Absolut online, it was clear about one thing: the Absolut would be the carmaker’s fastest supercar ever as the company “will never endeavor to make a faster series-production road car – ever.” Alright, but just how fast is the new Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut? Well, Koenigsegg’s estimates say 330 mph is theoretically possible, and now here comes Engineering Explained to clear the air for us.
The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Has Vantablack-Painted Headlights
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.
2021 Koenigsegg Gemera
The 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera is a two-door, four-seat hypercar developed by the Swedish company that gave us the Agera, Regera, and Jesko. But unlike its siblings, and despite having only two doors, the 2021 Gemera offers seating for four. And it does so via four equally comfortable seats, so it’s not just a regular grand tourer. The 2021 Gemera boasts a hybrid drivetrain under the skin, comprising three electric motor and a three-cylinder engine. As shocking as it may sound, the three-cylinder generates 600 horsepower, making it the most powerful of its kind in production, and works on a variety of fuels, including CO2-neutral methanol. Overall, the hybrid drivetrain pumps out an amazing 1,700 horsepower and 2,581 pound-feet of torque. Let’s find out more about the world’s first practical megacar - aka Mega GT - in the review below.
The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Might Have An Unbeatable Top Speed
When the Geneva Auto Show was canceled, just about every other automaker stopped what they were doing and started tearing down their stands. Then there was Koenigsegg that continued to build its entire show-worthy outfit. Nobody really understood why until Christian von Koenigsegg kicked off a live presentation from that very booth. That’s when we learned about the awesome engineering feat that came courtesy of the new 2021 Gemera Hyper GT but before that happened we learned a lot about the new Jesko Absolut – a model that aims to be the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever build and one that, apparently, might be able to break not only the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+’s record but the mythical road-car speed of 330 mph.
The Koenigesgg Gemera Is Awesome, But Its Price Tag Certainly Isn’t
This year’s Geneva Motor Show turned into the 2020 Online Motor Show. You all know the reason for that, but it turns out Koenigsegg didn’t want to simply demolish its stand in Geneva and go home.
The Swedish carmaker actually insisted on revealing its cars there - albeit without the cheers of a big crowd. Even more, they’ve invited Top Gear to witness the stunning Gemera mega-GT in the metal, and that’s how we caught word of its price tag.
What is the Cheapest Koenigsegg?
The cheapest Koenigsegg model is the Regera with an MSRP of $1.9 million. Having said that, even if you do have $1.9 million laying around and you plan to buy one, you can’t. Koenigsegg built only 80 of them and all of them already have owners, so, in fact, the cheapest Koenigsegg you can actually buy is also the only that you can still order: the $3 million Jesko. Earlier in 2019, Koenigsegg announced that its partnership with Chinese-backed Swedish electric car startup NEVS will result in the production of a much cheaper, all-electric Koenigsegg to be unveiled in the first half of 2020. It’ll cost somewhere in the region of $900,000 to $1 million and roughly 100 will be built each year and that’s proper mass production for a brand such as Koenigsegg.
What is the Sportiest Koenigsegg?
The sportiest Koenigsegg is theJesko. Unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, the Swedish automaker’s newest hypercar cranks out 1,600 horsepower - on E85 gasoline - and 1,106 pound-feet of torque from a twin-turbocharged, 5.0-liter V-8 that’s mated to a nine-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission dubbed the Light Speed Transmission (LST). The Jesko’s carbon-fiber tub is covered by a redesigned body (compared to the Agera RS that it replaces) with dive planes and winglets all over as well as a myriad of intakes, a huge diffuser, and a massive splitter, all meant to make the car go faster with the rear-wheel steering system helping it do that in the corners. Koenigsegg says the Jesko will exceed 278 mph flat out and we expect to see a trimmed out version come out sometime in the future that’ll try and go for the 300 mph mark.
What is the Most Popular Koenigsegg?
The Regera can be considered the most popular Koenigsegg since, by the company’s own admission, its 80-unit production run was the biggest in the company’s 25-year history. With all 80 already sold, the Regera is the most popular model ever made by the Swedes and we’ll probably have to wait until Koenigsegg introduces that much-lamented entry-level model for it to be dethroned. Having said that, Koenigsegg has made more cars based on the CC8S over the years - even the Agera series of models is loosely based on that design philosophy although they aren’t directly related per se.
What is the Most Expensive Koenigsegg?
The most expensive Koenigsegg is the Jesko. With a price tag of $3 million, it’s $1.1 million more expensive than the Regera and about $500,000 more expensive than the Agera RS. However, both of these models are out of production, so, as mentioned, the most expensive Koenigsegg is also the cheapest as it’s the only that the company based in Ängelholm is currently taking orders for.
What is the Fastest Koenigsegg?
The fastest Koenigsegg is the Jesko. We don’t really know how fast the Jesko can go on E85 fuel (to be able to utilize all of those 1,600 ponies) but Koenigsegg told us it can surpass 278 mph. For reference, the fastest production car in the world - which is a Koenigsegg Agera RS - reached 277.87 mph in 2017 to take the record away from the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The Agera RS was clocked at 284.55 mph in a one-way run. If the rumors turn out to be true, then Koenigsegg will try and smash its own record with a special version of the Jesko that’ll feature a leaner aerodynamic package for less drag.
Are Koenigsegg Cars Reliable?
There’s no denying that when you buy a car worth in excess of $2 million, you’re going to baby it the whole time it is in your ownership. That’s what happens with most Koenigseggs out there, the status of ’garage queen’ assured once the car rolled off the production line because of its scarcity, pedigree, and price. Of course, these cars are meant to be driven, not parked in a garage, and some do get driven. However, owners have told stories of poor reliability in comparison to Paganis or Bugattis although the overall experience with the cars seems positive.