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The roughly 300-strong Koenigsegg team may be under a similar lockdown as the rest of the industry, but that doesn’t mean the Jesko Absolut, the Jesko, and the Gemera can’t make the most of some spring sunshine on the factory’s private runway. Another benefit of relocating to a former Swedish Air Force wing in the southernmost part of the country.
While the boomerang-winged Jesko of 2019’s Geneva Motor Show continues where the outrageously quick Agera RS left off, 2020’s Jesko Absolut is designed to be the fastest Koenigsegg ever made. Trading in quite a lot of downforce in the name of straight-line performance, the Absolut comes with a drag coefficient of just 0.278 Cd.
Stability is increased by both those striking hood fins and a 3.34-inch extension at the rear, aided by softer suspension tuning and the removal of the front Triplex damper of the track-focused Jesko, not to mention Koenigsegg’s Absolut-specific wheel design.
Pushing this sleek player through the air is a 5.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 revving to 8500 rpm, producing 1600 hp on E85 or 1280 hp on pump gas. It has pressure sensors in each cylinder for optimal combustion, after which the forces go through the Koenigsegg-designed new nine-speed gearbox, which uses several wet clutches for near-instant changes to any gear.
Forget dropping torque figures during hard acceleration. That’s just not happening.
Yet if you prefer crossing continents with your Koenigsegg, you’re probably more interested in the brand’s first four-seater, the Freevalve-engined hybrid Gemera.
Koenigsegg design chief Sasha Selipanov’s lines really make the difference, as this may just be the prettiest car the company has made since its 1994 foundation. Then, you go through its technical specifications and need to read every sentence twice.
Four seats with enough luggage space in a car offering a combined driving range exceeding 620 miles. Yet this is no Panamera diesel. Instead, the Gemera is powered by a small hybrid system featuring three electric motors and a 2.0-liter cam-less twin-turbo Freevalve engine that can run on pure methanol in the name of carbon-neutral motoring. This revolutionary powertrain shows a combined 1700 hp and 2581 lb-ft of torque, unleashed by the Direct Drive system known from the Koenigsegg Regera.
Zero to 250+ mph (and back) in a single gear—now with up to the whole family onboard. And, as you would expect from a family car made by Christian von Koengisegg, the brand’s Automated Twisted Synchrohelix Actuation Doors still come as standard.