Koenigsegg Jesko Buyers Have A New Reason To Get Excited

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Koenigsegg is hard at work putting the finishing touches on its latest and, perhaps, greatest creation. The Koenigsegg Jesko, named after Christian von Koenigsegg's father, is more than just about setting top speed records. It's also about taking lap records at tracks like Spa and the Nurburgring. Von Koenigsegg himself told CarBuzz last year that "we could maybe set the records for the fastest fully homologated production sports car." It appears the Swede is remaining true to his word.

The hypercar company recently posted a new video on its official Facebook page showing a pair of advanced Jesko prototypes demonstrating their handling capabilities at the company's own test track/former runway.

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We know these are the "standard" Jesko test cars because they have a single massive rear wing instead of the Jesko Absolut's double fins. The test drivers are clearly having a good time as they burn through some tires going sideways before hitting the accelerator down the straightaway. Owners should have no problem doing the same, assuming they have access to a similar facility.

But there's something else not everyone realizes about Koenigsegg, whose Agera RS set a top speed world record back in 2017: its main focus is about driver experience and handling rather than outright speed. CvK is a huge fan of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. One of his first loves was a first-generation model that he drove before he started his own company. There's still a little bit of Miata in every Koenigsegg, he also told us at the time.

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Granted, the Jesko has a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 in excess of 1,600 horsepower while the original NA Miata has a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter inline-four with 115 hp, but they both share a focus on the driving experience. Going fast is one thing, but creating maximum driver pleasure is a completely different matter. But the challenge with the Jesko is to blend them both to create the ideal package.

Based on this video, it looks like mission accomplished. Owners will certainly hope so because they paid around $2.8 million a pop. As for the Jesko Absolut, it'll supposedly be the fastest Koenigsegg ever produced with a claimed top speed above 300 mph. We can't wait to (hopefully) see Koenigsegg go for another record-breaking speed run.


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