Why is it “game changing” in the world of exclusive supercars and hypercars? Here are the headlines: 4-seats, 1,700 hp, 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, 248 mph (400 km/h) top speed.
With the cancellation of the Geneva Motorshow due to the coronavirus outbreak, Koenigsegg decided that the show must go on and unveiled their most ambitious hypercar to date. Dubbed the Koenigsegg Gemera, it is a 4-seat car that can keep up and beat the vast majority of other super and hypercars.
Powering the Gemera is a combination of internal combustion engine and three electric motors. The gasoline engine powers the front wheels (although it is mid-mounted) and is assisted by a crankshaft positioned electric motor. Two more motors power the rear wheels making this an all-wheel-drive hypercar with torque vectoring and rear-wheel-steering.
The electric motors powering the rear wheels develop 500 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque each while the crankshaft mounted electric motors produces 400 hp and 369 lb-ft. That’s not the interesting part though. It’s the engine that is an engineer’s wet dream.
The 2.0L engine powering the Koenigsegg Gemera is a three-cylinder twin-turbocharged internal combustion engine that Koenigsegg named the “Tiny Friendly Giant”. It is the first production application of Koenigsegg’s Freevalve system which does away with camshafts allowing for better control of each individual valve. This in turn provides more power or better fuel economy when needed. The engine alone produces 600 hp at 7,500 rpm and 442 lb-ft of torque from 2,000 rpm to 7,000 rpm. Total system power output is a staggering 1,700 hp and 2,581 lb-ft of torque.
Koenigsegg estimates a 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) time of 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 248 mph (400 km/h). The Gemera can also drive on electric motors alone up to a speed of 186 mph (300 km/h). But all-electric range is limited to just 50 km. With the internal combustion engine though, the total range of the hypercar is up to 1,000 km.
The body is constructed entirely out of carbon fiber with front and rear aluminum sub-frames. Like every other Koenigsegg before it, the long doors open vertically and outward making for not only easy access in tight parking spots, but also announcing your arrival. Suspension is double wishbone on all four corners with height and stiffness adjustable gas-hydraulic shocks.
But while the Koenigsegg Gemera’s specifications make it sound like a race car for the road, it can be used on a daily basis. It has automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, surround view cameras, and 6 airbags. It is also well equipped with hand-sewn leather or alcantara, automatic climate control, front and rear 13-inch infotainment screens, 2 wireless phone chargers, 8 cupholders…. yea, Eight (4 cooled and 4 heated), Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi, heated seats, and an 11 speaker sound system.
If you want one, contact Koenigsegg now as only 300 units will be produced. No word on price but expect it to be in the 7-figure mark.