Koenigsegg Jesko is a 1600hp behemoth with a light speed transmission

first_img • Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Share your voice Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Geneva Motor Show 2019 More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 3:31 See All Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Tags Exotic Cars Performance Cars 59 Photos At the heart of the Jesko is a 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, revised after its time in the Agera RS. It sports a flat-plane crank, the same type of crankshaft that creates the unique sound profile of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Ferrari 488 GTB. Thanks to some new turbochargers and other bits, output is a meaty 1,280 horsepower — on regular gas. Throw some ethanol-heavy E85 into the mix, and that number rises to 1,600 horsepower. Torque is a proper 1,100 pound-feet.Sending all that power to the rear wheels — yes, just the rear wheels — is perhaps the most clever nine-speed transmission on the planet. Koenigsegg’s Light Speed Transmission has nine forward gears and seven clutches, yet the whole package weighs less than your average dual-clutch gearbox at about 198 pounds. All that trickery allows the transmission to jump from one gear to another (for example, from third gear to seventh) without moving through the gears between. Enlarge ImageThat wing is a monster. Koenigsegg Equally wild is the two-stage shifter. A light pull of the paddles or shift lever moves up and down the gears like usual, but if you pull a little harder, it engages what Koenigsegg calls Ultimate Power on Demand. The system will determine the proper gear for maximum acceleration and immediately shift to it.Speaking of speed, the automaker says that simulations have seen the car eclipse the 300-mph mark. Of course, bringing those results to the real world introduce a whole host of complications, from tire compounds to location. Still, this could be the first car to hit that ridiculous speed.All that speed means the car really needs to stick to the ground. Its aerodynamics combine to produce 2,200 pounds of downforce. Its damper system is engineered to prevent the car from being squished into a physics pancake. It also has rear-wheel steering and a set of optional carbon fiber wheels. We haven’t even touched on the creature comforts yet. Despite all that attention being paid to making the car perform well, it’s very well appointed, sporting multiple touchscreens, a gauge cluster display, USB ports and a wireless phone charger. All the doors, hoods and whathaveyou can be opened remotely from the key fob. Ridiculous? Absolutely. Rare? Oh yeah. Only 125 will be built, and each will cost a hair under $3 million. Better start savin’. Koenigsegg is known for building small-volume cars that are, simply put, jaw-dropping displays of engineering prowess. Its latest, the Jesko, is no different.Koenigsegg this week unveiled the Jesko at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Just as founder Christian von Koenigsegg lent his last name to the company, this new car’s badge has a special meaning — it’s the name of Christian’s father. The car replaces the Agera RS as the most bonkers thing the automaker builds, but to be honest, everything this company makes is bonkers. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value reading • Koenigsegg Jesko is a 1,600-hp behemoth with a ‘light speed’ transmission Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Koenigsegg Jesko is a hyper hypercar The Koenigsegg Jesko might hit 300mph 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img

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