Koenigsegg has revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show the Koenigsegg Jesko, a hypercar with 1,578 hp and a claimed 483 kph top speed. It is a successor to the Koenigsegg Agera RS, and a fitting tribute to Christian von Koenigsegg’s father, Jesko von Koenigsegg, of which was instrumental in supporting his son to become one of the leaders of the supercar world.
The exterior is clearly identifiable as a Koenigsegg, with its signature shape and dihedral doors. Its carbon fiber wheels are also the Swedish brand’s lightest yet, with the 20-inch wheels up front weighing just 5.9 kg, while the 21-inch wheels at the rear have a weight of 7.7 kg. It’s easy to see its enormous front splitter and massive boomerang-shaped rear wing, which is able to produce around 800 kg of downforce at 250 kph, 1000 kg at 275 kph, and 1,400 kg at its 483 kph top speed. With so much power under the hood, the Jesko features a Triplex damper and Ohlins dampers at the front to prevent the car from squatting under hard acceleration. There’s also a rear-wheel steering system, a first for a Koenigsegg. The rest of the bodywork also features Koenigsegg’s Autoskin system, which is a range of mini hydraulic actuators that can operate the aero elements, dihedral doors, and hood without touching anything.
The Koenigsegg Jesko’s interior is said to be roomier than its predecessor thanks to the carbon tub being 40 mm longer and 22 mm higher than the one found in the Agera RS. In the pursuit of weight savings, the interior features numerous carbon fiber and Alcantara trims. The steering wheel houses two small touch screen with haptic feedback, replacing traditional buttons. There’s also a 5.0-inch SmartCluster fully digital instrument panel, as well as a portrait touch screen infotainment system.
Under the hood is a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8, featuring a flat-plane 180-degree crankshaft design that’s 5 kg lighter and lets the engine rev up to 8,500 rpm. The twin-turbos are connected to a small electric compressor, driving air from a 20-liter air tank. All these technological advancements enable the engine to have zero turbo lag, as well as produce the aforementioned 1,578 hp.
Power is sent through the rear wheels via a Light Speed Transmission, developed in-house by Koenigsegg. It’s a 9-speed multi-clutch transmission that does not feature traditional synch rings, allowing it to change between any gear at near light speed. The transmission is also able to directly change to any gear, from 9th to 4th at light speed. The whole unit weighs just 90 kg, making it lighter than any dual-clutch transmission in the industry.
Koenigsegg will produces 125 units of the Jesko, with an annual production output of 40 to 50 units. Pricing is estimated to be at US$3 million.