Koenigsegg has revealed the true successor to the Agera RS hypercar at the Geneva Motor Show.
It’s called the Koenigsegg Jesko, and it’s named after Christian Von Koenigsegg’s dead old dad. He got a little choked-up at the big reveal in Geneva--not many kids name a multi-million dollar hypercar after their pops. Certainly not one that might just be the fastest production vehicle in the world.
It might look a lot like the Agera RS, but the Jesko is a totally new car. Its mid-engine 5.0-L V8 motor can produce 1,280 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque on regular 95 octane fuel, but give it E85 racing fuel and it produces 1,600 hp and 1,106 lb-ft of torque. That’s way more than the Agera RS’s 1,341 hp and even more than the vaunted Bugatti Chiron’s 1,460 hp.
Power is routed through a 9-speed multi-clutch wet transmission designed in-house. Koenigsegg calls it a “Light Speed Transmission” as it can swap gears faster than any transmission ever invented. We’re talking in the range of a few milliseconds. It also doesn’t need to go in sequence; you can swap 4th gear for 9th, or drop it back down to 1st whenever you want.
We don’t necessarily recommend going from 9th to 1st gear, but you can do it.
The body and chassis look very Agera RS, but it’s a 100% new monocoque that is slightly longer. The tires are also slightly bigger, at 20-inches front and 21-inches rear. They’re also the lightest carbon fiber wheels ever produced.
In the back is the largest active rear wing ever placed on a Koenigsegg, and possibly the largest rear wing ever placed on a production car. Along with various aerodynamic enhancements to the body provides as much as 2,200 lbs of downforce, or almost enough for the car to drive upside down (the whole car has a curb weight of just over 3,000 lbs).
Active suspension and rear-wheel steering help enhance the Jesko’s maneuverability.
Koenigsegg mentioned at the car’s reveal that another version of the Jesko is coming that sacrifices some downforce in the name of enhanced top speed. He expects that car, tentatively dubbed the Jesko 300, to finally break the 300 mph barrier.
Pricing and availability haven’t been announced, but Koenigsegg himself mentioned that there are only a few cars left available to reserve from their initial 125-unit production run.