Geneva Motor Show: Koenigsegg Jesko


Koenigsegg reveals the world’s first 300mph (482km/h) production car, the Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg, the Swedish supercar company that produces some of the world’s most beautiful and fastest supercars has taken the 2019 Geneva Motor Show as an opportunity to unveil its latest creation, the Koenigsegg Jesko.

The car is named after the Christian von Koenigsegg’s father, Jesko von Koenigsegg, who helped his son get the car company off the ground.

The Jesko is a replacement for the Agera RS, and is built around a heavily revised version of the Agera’s carbon fibre monocoque. Power comes from an all-new twin turbocharged V8 that, when fed with E85, will produce a head-spinning 1177kW and 1500Nm and even if you run it on normal premium unleaded it’ll still kick out 941kW.

The V8 is supposedly the lightest in the world, only weighing 189kg, thanks to trick technology such as carbon ceramic-coated pistons. That engine is paired to a dual-clutch nine-speed transmission, which only weighs 90kg, inclusive of fluids. That transmission sends power to the rear wheels.

A specially developed electronic diff has been designed to keep power in check and trick suspension technology that includes horizontal active-dampers to help the car remain flat while cornering.

Four-wheel steering has been fitted to improve agility at low speeds and stability when you’re whipping along.

Now, official performance figures are yet to be released, but expect the 0-100km/h dash to be obliterated in less than 2.5 seconds and the Jesko has an estimated top speed in excess of 480km/h, courtesy of clever aerodynamics that produce 1400kg of downforce flat out.

Inside, the interior is said to be rather comfortable, with swathes of leather, Alcantara and carbon fibre and there’s a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay compatibility.

Only 125 units of the Jesko will be produced, with a recommended retail price of $4.3 million Australian.

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