Supercar of the Month - Koenigsegg Jesko

  • Apr 24, 2019

Revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show held last month, the Jesko is another Koenigsegg in a line of eye-popping and jaw-dropping hypercars from the Swedish carmaker. But what differentiates the Jesko from the other Koenigseggs is that it is named after Christian von Koenigsegg’s father. A car named after the founder’s father must carry some significance for the brand, right? Well, yes. Koenigsegg is touting that the Jesko can hit a top speed of 300mph (482.8kmph).

For those heading to YouTube to see a Koenigsegg do 300mph, wait a little. The Jesko in its current state is not capable of hitting that number. The aero needs to be tweaked to reduce drag. Also, the biggest hindrance in hitting the 300mph mark are the tyres. Koenigsegg is supposedly working with Michelin to develop rubber that can tolerate the heat and pressure generated at 300mph.

At its heart, the Jesko is offered with a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that has been tuned to produce 1280PS on regular fuel. Pour in E85 biofuel into the tank and the engine belts out 1600PS. This is a car that has been homologated to the strictest standards in the world and can still belt out 320PS of power per litre of cubic capacity! The transmission is another beauty. While with the Regera, Koenigsegg completely skipped the concept of gears, the Jesko has nine. Multiple wet clutches allow the transmission to select any gear possible. Say if you were in seventh gear and wanted to shift down to third for maximum power, the gearbox has the capability to completely skip, sixth, fifth and fourth to directly engage third gear. In a world where electric cars are beginning to dominate in terms of performance, the Jesko is a reminder that clever technology can still propel the internal combustion engine to greater heights.

Koenigsegg had revealed at Geneva that they will be making only 125 units of the Jesko, of which 83 had already been booked at the time of unveiling. In the Swedish carmaker’s bid to go toe to toe with Bugatti for the top speed record for a production car, the Jesko is the next step.


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