Two years after it made its debut at the 2019 Geneva International Auto Show, the Jesko is finally ready for production. To mark the event, Koenigsegg presented a pre-production Jesko finished in a bright orange color that was offered on Koenigsegg’s CCR in the company’s early days.
Customer deliveries of the Jesko are expected to start in early 2022 and will be limited to 125 units only. All build slots are gone, despite the car starting at $3 million.
Koenigsegg has two versions of the Jesko. The standard version designed for top track times and a low-downforce version designed for top speed runs, the latter known as the Jesko Absolut, can be identified by its missing rear wing.
The Jesko Absolut should be able to crack the 300-mph barrier, and Koenigsegg has stated that it will never attempt to build a faster car.
Both versions sport a 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8. With E85 in the tank, the hypercar makes 1,600 hp. While with gasoline drops the power rating to 1,280 hp. The engine pairs with a 9-speed automatic that Koenigsegg calls the Light Speed Transmission. Technology within the transmission allows the Jesko to skip gears, allowing it to drop seamlessly from, say, seventh to fourth. The transmission never sees fifth or sixth gear in this example.
Markus Lundh, a Koenigsegg test driver, said in a statement, “Because of its seamless shifting, whether up or down, everything just happens much faster,”. He also added, “There are no delays, it is very responsive and behaves exactly the way you want it to.”
Unlike some of Koenigsegg’s earlier models, the Jesko has been homologated for roads around the world.
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