“Koenigsegg Automotive AB” founded by “Christian Von Koenigsegg” is a Swedish based car company that focuses on building hypercars to rival the likes of some of the most desirable cars in the industry. From the being voted as the most beautiful car of 2004 by “Top Gear” to shattering the land speed record previously held by the “Bugatti Veyron Super Sport”, cars developed by Koenigsegg never seem to amaze automotive enthusiasts. They have captured the hearts and minds of some of the most influencial automotive journalists and have created a fanbase like none other. And recently on the occasion of Koenigsegg’s 25th anniversary, they have yet again gone and shocked the world with their creation.
This is the “Koenigsegg Jesko” successor to the entire Agera line-up and the most powerful car they have ever built.
Koenigsegg has always been ahead of its time when it comes to power, looks and technology while at the time creating a raw and visceral driving experience like those of old racecars. The “Koenigsegg Jesko” however takes to a whole other level. The body is a re-design of the carbon fibre chassis found in the “Koenigsegg Regera” which the Jesko also shares a few design qualities with. The most obvious one being the low swooping tail with the centre mounted exhaust. Just looking at the car front to rear it’s clear that this car is an aerodynamic monster with its huge front splitter and air intakes which are split in such a way as to allow air flow to help cool the brakes as well as produce downforce over the front axle. It also sports huge air intakes on each rear fender to help cool the rear brakes as well as funnel air to the engine bay for additional cooling. However, the highlight of this car has to be the massive rear wing which is taken from the “Koenigsegg One:1” with a minor difference being that this huge wing is very much ACTIVE. This has arguably got to be the largest active wing to ever be fitted on a production car ever.
As glorious yet beastly the exteriors of this car are, the interiors of this car are still very much Koenigsegg. With their classic 2 spoked steering wheel squared off at the top and bottom, paddle shifters attached to the wheel and the Koenigsegg shield embossed in the leather , the interiors indeed look simple yet special. The Jesko also does a throwback to the old “Koenigsegg CCX and CCXR” by integrating their gear lever in a slightly more modernized style to match its looks.
At the heart of this beast resides a very heavily re-designed 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 1280hp on standard petrol and a whopping 1600hp and 1100 lb-ft of torque when running on E85 biofuel. The Jesko uses the revolutionary new 9-speed Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission with 7 wet clutches which allows the transmission to shift from 1st to 9th without having to go through the other gears. Simply put the Jesko can jump from any gear to any gear without the driver needing to pull the shift paddle multiple times. It also incorporates Koenigsegg’s “Triplex Suspension Setup” that has been used in every Koenigsegg since the Agera. The Jesko also comes with active rear wheel steering which effectively shortens the car’s wheelbase at low speeds to allow easy manuverability and lengthens the car’s wheelbase at high speeds for better stability.
The “Koenigsegg Jesko” is named after the father of the Christian Von Koenigsegg, “Jesko Von Koenigsegg”. This was the perfect way to put an end to their line up of naturally aspirated cars as Koenigsegg have gone on the record and have said that their next car will most likely be all electric.