Koenigsegg Jesko: What you need to know about it

It is big news when a new Koenigsegg comes out as we look forward to the new technological advancements. The Jesko has just been introduced and is already aiming at heights exceeding the Agera range. It is now a mix of the brute force of the Ageras and the luxurious interior of the Regera. There are many new features from the new exterior parts to the all-new interior and drivetrain. 

1. Name

Name’s given to Koenigsegg cars have always had great meaning but the Jesko pays tribute to Christian Von Koenigsegg’s father. The car is indeed named after his father as Christian attributes the company’s current survival to the assistance of his Dad who helped out the company when they were experiencing financial troubles. Naming such a special and technologically advanced named after you is truly an honor.  

2. Engine/ Transmission

The engine is an upgraded version of Koenigsegg’s famous 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 now making 1600hp. Koenigsegg has pushed the technology further even further with this new engine and transmission setup. The engine has Koenigsegg free valve technology which uses. It has no flywheel or clutch which allows it to rev way more freely than before. The flywheel and clutch are now integrated into the new 9-speed lightweight “lightspeed” transmission. This transmission is lighter and faster than any other transmission found in road cars. All of these advancements give the engine a very high revvy nature uncommon for such a high horsepower setup. This gives it the high pitch sound and responsiveness like that of a naturally aspirated flat-plane crank V8 despite having turbos.

The transmission is also has a sequential-like function but way smarter than any previous transmission. There’s a physical shifter in the car which can be used to shift gears like a Porsche PDK. It has what is called a U pod function which Christian describes as ultimate performance on demand. Push up to shift downshift and pull down to upshift. Since it has 9 gears when you double shift in any direction it jumps to the highest or lowest gear possible for the best performance. Hence the name “lightspeed”, this engine paired with this transmission is out of this world. 

3. Suspension

Traction will always be an issue for a high horsepower streetcar. Koenigsegg has tried to combat this issue with its unique triple X suspension. This ingenious suspension has now for the first time been added to the front of the car. The reason is that the car produces so much downforce that the suspension helps it have a greater contact patch to the ground. A hydraulic tensioner is also fitted to triplex suspension to help pre-stiff and help hold the car up. This helps the car utilize most of its aerodynamic capabilities.

This all sounds complex and honestly, it is. If you break something on this car you’re looking at a 6 figure bill for any repair.  

4. Brakes

Brakes are getting more complex as manufacturers try to push the boundaries of braking power and heat dissipation. Koenigsegg has developed new brakes for the Jesko. The pistons are now made of stainless steel with extra heat shielding. It has even been made lighter which improves braking performance and heavily reduces unsprung weight from the suspension setup.

In addition, new Michelin pilot sport cup tires have also been developed for this car. These tires help improve handling and traction.

5. Interior

Inside this is the most spacious Koenigsegg, the chassis has been stretched an extra 50mm to provide more room for occupants.  There are small storage pockets found in the doors of the car. The doors are the same dihedral doors but being Koenigsegg they’ve improved it. The original design twists outward and forward, the new one also adds an upward motion to help it clear the ground better which is a new patent for the brand. 2 cup holders which are 6 less than the 4 seater Gemera but are better than most cars on its class.  

The steering wheel is a bit renewed but now has a screen mounted on it. This screen serves as the driver display showing your speed and various bits of information. It also tilts with the screen but has an auto-rotate function which keeps the information display on the screen straight at all times. Most controls have also been moved to the steering wheel like that of a Ferrari. The magnet holder is also found on the left side behind the steering wheel to store the key. A huge infotainment screen is also present in the middle with most of the car’s controls in there. A glove box and small storage compartment beside your arm with USB ports for charging. Even more, storage is found behind the seats. 

6. Exterior

The exterior still retains the Koenigsegg shape from the very first car like the Porsche 911. It has been completely redesigned but the profile is just like the Koenigsegg CC. The headlights are now really cool and slim making it look like the car has been on a diet. The front splitter is now bigger with an S duct passing through the front hood (track version). This front hood duct help provide downforce but now eliminates storage for the removable roof.

Immediately, we get to the wheels which are all new. We remember Koenigsegg pioneered the production of Carbon wheels with the Agera. By the way, they are now called Air core wheels are still hollow but even lighter. The wheels weigh under 7kg which is nothing, one of the many reasons why this car will be lightning fast.

Big air vents on the side to cool that powerful engine. New air intakes are now on the side roll-over bars for extra engine cooling. The rear window while not huge is the biggest found in any Koenigsegg which I think may be blocked by the huge rear wing.

The most notable piece is the huge curved rear wing. This setup is an evolution of the wing found on the one:1. The exhaust now sits in the middle of the bumper freeing up the bottom for a bigger diffuser. The taillights are even more beautiful than the headlights.  

7. Aerodynamics

There are 2 aerodynamic profiles for the Jesko. The most notable one is the Jesko Track which is the extreme high downforce version of the Jesko. This includes a huge front splitter paired with the air dam that flows air across the top of the car. The massive rear wing is a lot bigger than the one found on the One:1 this produces more downforce. Raising the exhaust has also helped free the bottom for a more efficient diffuser.

8. Price/Production

The Jesko has will be produced in 2 variants, the Jesko track, and Jesko Absolut. The track is the high downforce big winged car for setting fast lap times. The Absolut is the low drag, less downforce wingless car aimed towards hitting the top speed over 300mph.  A total of 125 cars are planned for production with a starting price of $2 million. 

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