Move aside Koenigsegg Agera RS. The carmaker has introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show a new track-focus yet still road-legal car that would personify ultimate performance on the streets. The Koenigsegg Jesko is designed to impress not just in terms of speed, but also in terms of looks.
If you’re what wondering why this new hypercar is dubbed Jesko, then let it be known that it was named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and chief executive officer of the sports car maker. In fact, Jesko was as playing a vital role during the formative years Koenigsegg Automotive. The auto company’s hyper is homage to this man, who was also present when Koenigsegg unveiled in metal the new Jesko hypercar to the global public at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Serving as the core of the new Koenigsegg Jesko is a re-designed twin-turbo V8 engine that features a new 180-degree flat-plane crankshaft, bigger turbochargers with air injection and a new intake. This V8 mill also boasts of a more precise pressure control. Because of its redesign, this V8 mill produces more power than the application on the Agera RS. According to Koenigsegg, the V8 unit inside the new Jesko hypercar can deliver up to 1280 hp of output when its tank is filled with regular gasoline.
Interestingly, customers in certain market have the option to allow their new Koenigsegg Jesko to take in E85 fuel, which dramatically increases the amount of power that the V8 engine can deliver from 1,280 hp to 1,600 hp of max motive power. Peak torque is pegged at 1500 Nm at around 5,100 rpm. More than 1000 Nm is already available between 2,700 rpm and 6,170 rpm.
This huge amount of power is sent to the wheel to the new Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission, nine-speed multi-clutch gearbox that allows for gear shifting at near light speed. The Koenigsegg Light Speed Transmission tips the scale at just 90 kg, making it lighter than traditional DCTs that can weigh up to 140 kg.
Underpinning the new Koenigsegg Jesko is a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that is around 40 mm longer and 22 mm taller than the previous model. Because of this, the Jesko offers more legroom as well as headroom.
Complementing the power of the V8 engine are F1-style elongated wishbones, large wheel bearings, as well as fully adjustable damping system and active Triplex damper. In addition, the Jesko is fitted with an aerodynamics package that can generate more than 1,000 kg of downforce. Up front, the Jesko features a deep front splitter with enlarged, active under-body flaps. At the rear, the hypercar has a massive active double-profile rear wing that is top-mounted to minimize disturbance on the underside.
For higher levels of responsiveness, the Koenigsegg Jesko is equipped with an adaptive, active rear steering system.