The Koenigsegg Gemera is a 1,700-hp four-seater "Mega GT."
We've known for a while now that Koenigsegg had big plans for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. Geneva may have been canceled this year, but Koenigsegg isn't letting the coronavirus scupper its plans. During an online press conference, Koenigsegg unveiled the Jesko Absolut as the fastest car the company has ever made. But that isn't the only new model Koenigsegg unveiled today: presenting the new 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera, the world's first "Mega GT" and Koenigsegg's first-ever four-seater. Put simply, this has to be the fastest four-seater on earth.
"Ultimate performance has belonged to the world of two-seaters with very limited luggage space - until now", said CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg. "The Gemera is a completely new category of car where extreme megacar meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness. We call it a Mega-GT."
Koenigsegg's new Mega-GT has room to comfortably seat four large adults and store their luggage. Despite being a four-seater that can be used for family trips, Koenigsegg claims the Gemera "easily outperforms" most combustion and electric two-seat hypercars. Powering the Gemera are three electric motors with one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft of the engine producing a combined 1,100 hp. A 2.0-liter, three-cylinder dry-sumped twin-turbo Freevalve engine provides an extra 600 horsepower. Ironically, this unit is nicknamed the 'Tiny Friendly Giant.'
In total, this setup produces a combined 1,727 horsepower (1.27 megawatts) and 2,581 lb-ft of torque (3,500 Nm), allowing the Gemera to rocket from 0-62 mph in just 1.9 seconds and onto a top speed of 248 mph. Thanks to the three electric motors, the Gemera can be driven on pure electric power up to 186 mph, while a powerful 800V battery provides a driving range of up to 31 miles in EV mode.
When plugged in and filled with second-generation ethanol or CO2-neutral methanol like Vulcanol, Koenigsegg claims the Gemera is "at least as CO2-neutral as a pure electric car running on a 'good' electric source." Before these renewable fuel sources become more accessible, the Gemera can also be driven on E85 fuel or regular gasoline.
While the Gemera is claimed to be the first of its kind in a new segment, it's still instantly recognizable as a Koenigsegg thanks to its wrap-around jet fighter inspired windshield, hidden A-pillars, short overhangs, and large side air intakes. The front is also inspired by the Koenigsegg CC, the automaker's first prototype from 1996. Giant scissor doors provide easy access to the four-seater cabin.
Despite being staggeringly fast, the Gemera Mega-GT is a comfortable car that can be used every day. Among the creature comforts onboard include four cold and four warm cupholders, a front and rear seat central infotainment displays, front and rear wireless phone chargers, Apple CarPlay, on board internet and Wi-Fi, an 11-speaker sound system, exterior and interior cameras, four reading lights, memory foam heated seats, electric front seats, three climate zones and more.
Its 118-inch wheelbase gives "unprecedented comfort and straight-line stability," while rear-wheel steering allows the Gemera to corner with agility and achieve a turning radius comparable to smaller cars. At high speed, the rear-wheel steering also gives better directional control.
In terms of safety tech, the Gemera has a strong carbon fiber monocoque, six airbags, stability control, traction control, ABS and advanced driver assists. Production of the Koenigsegg Gemera is limited to just 300 units, but pricing hasn't been announced. Even so, expect this new Mega GT's price tag to fetch seven figures.