So this is how the one percent spend their money...
The Koenigsegg Jesko is a car that absolutely boggles the mind, with performance specs that are immensely difficult to wrap your head around: 1,280 horsepower - or as much as 1,600 on E85; 1,764 pounds of downforce at 155 mph, with up to 3,086 lbs at top speed; and a curb weight of just 3,131 pounds. In Absolut guise, a top speed of 330 mph is allegedly possible.
The only figure that gives us more trouble is its nearly-$3-million price tag, or in excess of $4 million for the Jesko Absolut.
You might think that for $3 million, you must be getting the best, most well-equipped Koenigsegg Jesko conceivable, but a video from entrepreneur Manny Khoshbin pokes holes in that notion. Koenigsegg recently activated its online configurator tool, but the catch was that only the 125 people purchasing a Jesko could access it. Manny was one of those, and in the video, he plays around with the Jesko's advanced Build & Price tool, stumbling upon some ludicrously priced options.
The lunacy starts with the exterior finish options. Solid color paint hues cost nothing, but if you dare to step up to a metallic paint, you'd best be prepared to spend an extra $13,900. Pearl finish paint hues? $24,800 each. $63,300 for either of the Jesko's two candy color paint options.
But by far the hardest prices to swallow in the exterior finish category are the exposed carbon fiber options. They range from $292,000 for a basic clear-coat finish, to $346,100 for one of four available color-tinted clear coats, to a staggering $443,400 for something called "Koenigsegg Naked Carbon". In the grand tradition of manufacturers like Porsche charging customers more to take equipment out of the car, Koenigsegg is charging an arm and a leg just to let you look at your own carbon fiber.
Needless to say, exterior finishes aren't the only area where the Koenigsegg Jesko's pricing is out of control; the entire Build & Price tool is full of insanely priced extras. Because when you can afford a $3-million hypercar, what's another $100,000 for carbon wheels?
Other options include center striping ranging from $23,200 for solid colors to $45,600 for tinted carbon stripes, although these apply a matching color to the fins of the bodywork. Alloy wheels start at $5,800 but carbon fiber wheels start at a ludicrous $104,900 on street tires, with Cup2R track tires adding $5,800 to that price. Upholstery choices and colors are free of charge, but French Cross stitching will add $1,350 to the bill while patterned quilting ranges from $4,40 to $16,400. Carbon interior trim will add $15,700.