Koenigsegg: We're Done Chasing Top Speeds

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After the Jesko Absolut sets the record to end all records, that is.

In the world of hypercars, there are a surprising number of newcomers trying to push the boundaries of what we think four-wheeled automobiles are capable of. Brands such as Rimac with its all-electric Nevera are new to the scene , but are already breaking world records left and right. Not to be outdone by a bunch of young punks, hypercar legends Koenigsegg recently made a splash at the annual Monterey Car Week when the Jesko Absolut and the upcoming Koenigsegg Gemera finally made their official US debut. The showcase also came with a bittersweet message from the company: the Jesko Absolut will be the fastest Koenigsegg ever made. In Koenigsegg's exact words, "the company will never endeavor to make a faster series-production road car - ever."


This confirms what Christian had previously told CarBuzz, meaning the company remains firm on its position. The Jesko Absolut is an absolute feast of numbers: its twin-turbo V8 engine delivers 1,600 horsepower and the car has a drag coefficient of just 0.278 Cd, as well as a top speed of just over 330 mph. The first Jesko cars are expected to reach customers in spring 2022, but the idea that this is the fastest car the company will ever build is a bit sad. According to Koenigsegg, the company will continue to focus on "internalizing its development paths that go beyond industry standards to push the boundaries of innovation and deliver ultimate performance" which sounds to us like more out-of-the-box engineering projects such as its Free-Valve technology. If that's the case, we're all for it.

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The Monterey Car Week debut featured the highly-anticipated Koenigsegg Gemera, which the brand calls the world's first 'Mega-GT'. This will be Koenigsegg's first-ever four-seater car, but don't let that fool you into thinking it will be less performance-orientated: the Gemera will feature a 1,727 hp and 2,581 lb-ft gas and hybrid electric power plant, a 0-62 mph sprint time of 1.9 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 240 mph. Production of the Gemera is expected to start early in 2023. CEO and Founder Christian von Koenigsegg was pleased with the reaction the two cars got out of the crowd at Monterey car week: "I was overwhelmed by the extremely positive reaction the Jesko Absolut and Gemera received during our time in Monterey. It was gratifying to personally hear from people who have long followed our brand and our passion".

Here's to the future, Mr. von Koenigsegg!

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