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1578bhp Koenigsegg Jesko breaks cover at Geneva 2019

March 06, 2019, 03:42 PM IST by Bilal Ahmed Firfiray
1578bhp Koenigsegg Jesko breaks cover at Geneva 2019

-    The newest member of the Koenigsegg family will be limited to just 125 units.

-    The Koenigsegg Jesko aims to have a top speed of 300mph (482kmph).

-    Jesko is named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of Christian von Koenigsegg.

In the world of electric/autonomous cars and reducing top speeds and accelerations, Koenigsegg is an exception. The small-scale Swedish carmaker has revealed their newest hypercar – the Jesko – at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, which has a combined power output of 1578bhp and is aiming to cross the top speed barrier of 300mph (482kmph). And it is limited to just 125 units, more than half of which are already spoken for. 

Named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of the company’s founder, Christian von Koenigsegg, the Jesko takes over the mantle from the mental Agera RS. Powering it is the same 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 1280hp on standard gasoline and 1600bhp on E85 biofuel. Meanwhile, the twisting force is rated at 1500Nm accessible at 5100 rpm. The transmission is a new nine-speed multi-clutch Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission (LST) unit. The gearbox is capable of changing the cogs at any speeds in a mere 20 milliseconds. 

No acceleration timing is available at the moment, but the carmaker states that there will be two different configurations – one for track and one for outright top speed. The latter will cross the 300mph mark and if it does, it could easily hold the record for the fastest road-legal car in the world. 

Other hardware includes rear-wheel-steering and a whopping 1000 kilograms of downforce thanks to aggressive aerodynamics. Sitting on the same Agera platform, the Jesko is slightly bigger and more modern in appearance. The new monocoque tub is 40mm longer and 22mm higher, which allows for more legroom, headroom, and promises to offer a more spacious cabin and a clearer view through the characteristic wrap-around windscreen. 

As for the price, if you have to ask, you can't afford it. And Von Koenigsegg says "Be fast if you want one. We will have to see how many are left at the end of the show."

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