Koenigsegg Jesko breaks cover with 300mph objective

Koenigsegg Jesko: A Swedish Megacar With 1600 HP, Seven Clutches, and 300-MPH Top Speed

Koenigsegg Jesko: A Swedish Megacar With 1600 HP, Seven Clutches, and 300-MPH Top Speed

The auto is named for Jesko von Koenigsegg, father of founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg. The insane machine resembles the Agera RS to some degree, but is an evolutionary step forward in performance thanks in part to a revised 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making no less than 1,600 horsepower.

For the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the automotive brand takes it a step further by unveiling its all-new megacar, the Koenigsegg Jesko, named after company founder Christian von Koenigsegg's father, Jesko von Koenigsegg.

Koenigsegg Jesko: A Swedish Megacar With 1600 HP, Seven Clutches, and 300-MPH Top Speed

Other highlights include a 180-degree flat-plane crankshaft, revised intake and larger turbos. It makes 1,280 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque if you run it on gasoline, but if you switch to E85, the power figure jumps to a Bugatti Chiron-beating 1,600 horsepower. The Light Speed Transmission (LST) ditches traditional synchro rings and can allow the driver to select any optimal gear regardless of what gear the transmission is in. For example, it can shift from 7 to 4 directly -and at lighting speed apparently- without waiting for synchronisation. Picking up where the Agera RS left off, the new Jesko aims to keep Koenigsegg at the top of the hypercar pecking order. The chassis is fitted with a Triplex damper at the front, preventing the vehicle from squatting under acceleration at the rear and keeping it level at all times, in addition to the traditional Ohlins dampers, as well as a rear-wheel steering system for the first time. The optional staggered-size carbon-fiber wheels are surprisingly light, too, weighing in at 13 pounds each up front and a little more than 16 pounds each at the rear. Koenigsegg says the Jesko produces 40 percent more downforce than the Agera, which should give the Jesko some impressive bite at a road course. There will be a lower-downforce version in the future, which is the one with the 300mph potential. Oh, and that aero kit? Furthermore, a new innovation called SmartWheel uses two small touchscreens housed in the Jesko's steering wheel, for controlling features like audio, phone, ride height, cruise control and more.

- The newest member of the Koenigsegg family will be limited to just 125 units. Prices are expected to start from $3 million before taxes but then again, you wouldn't expect it to be cheap, would you?

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