Koenigsegg Stuns The World With New 300MPH Jesko Hypercar

Koenigsegg has finally revealed the replacement of the Agera RS and its name is Jesko, as a tribute to Christian Koenigsegg’s father.

The new Swedish hypercar is capable of reaching 300mph (482km/h), according to Koenigsegg’s own simulations, thanks to a heavily modified twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 that can produce up to 1,578hp (1,600PS) on E85.

Christian even kept the new hypercar’s name a secret from his father until the last moment, when they revealed the new Jesko at the Geneva Motor Show. Jesko von Koenigsegg is a key presence within the company, helping Christian establish Koenigsegg as one of the leaders in the supercar world.

The revised V8 engine now features a flat-plane 180-degree crankshaft that’s 5kg lighter and allows it to rev up to 8,500rpm and produce more power and an “even more visceral sound”. The two turbochargers are connected directly to a small electric compressor, which drives air to them from a 20-liter air tank (made out of carbon fiber of course). Koenigsegg claims that thanks to this feature, turbo lag is eliminated, providing instant response and massive boost before the exhaust gasses take over in spinning those turbos.

When running on 95-octane unleaded, Jesko’s beast of an engine produces 1,262hp (1,280PS) but give it some E85 and it will make 1,578hp (1,600PS) and 1,106lb-ft (1,500Nm) of peak torque, with over 737lb-ft available anywhere between 2,700rpm and 6,170rpm.

Then, there’s the transmission; Koenigsegg calls it the Light Speed Transmission, a nine-speed multiclutch unit designed in-house that doesn’t feature traditional synch rings at all. This allows it to change between any gear at “near light speed”.

Unlike the more traditional DCTs in the market, Koenigsegg’s LST unit allows direct changes between gears, regardless of that gear’s relationship to the current one. For example, it can shift from 7th to 4th directly -and at lighting speed apparently- without waiting for synchronisation. The whole transmission weighs just 90kg, complete with wet clutches, flywheel, fluids, starter motor and oil pumps, making it far lighter than any DCT gearbox out there.

The Koenigsegg Jesko’s carbon tub is 40mm longer and 22mm higher than that in the Agera RS in order to give it more space inside the cabin. The chassis is fitted with a Triplex damper at the front, preventing the car from squatting under acceleration at the rear and keeping it level at all times, in addition to the traditional Ohlins dampers, as well as a rear-wheel steering system for the first time.

The carbon-fiber wheels are Koenigsegg’s lightest yet, with the front 20-inch items weighing 5.9kg each and the rear 21-inch ones at 7.7kg. Koenigsegg claims that thanks to the huge front splitter and the even more enormous boomerang-like rear wing, the Jesko can produce around 800kg of downforce at 155mph, 1,000kg at 171mph and 1,400kg at its top speed. There will be a lower-downforce version in the future, which is the one with the 300mph potential.

The bodywork is also fitted with Koenigsegg’s Autoskin system, a range of mini hydraulic actuators that can operate everything from the aero-kit elements to the dihedral doors and hoods, enabling a touchless entry. The system is operated through the car’s remote control.

In addition, the interior features a steering wheel with two small touchscreen displays with haptic feedback and a new compact 5-inch SmartCluster digital instrument binnacle.

Koenigsegg will produce just 125 Jesko hypercars, with an annual production output of around 40 to 50 examples. Prices are expected to start from $3 million before taxes but then again, you wouldn’t expect it to be cheap, would you?



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Live Pictures Credit: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for CarScoops

  • Kapi19

    Swedish rocket ? ???? ??

  • ErnieB

    Move over Bugatti ….this thing is ready to fly!

    • Momogg

      Bugatti is a fattie. ?

  • unique, characteristic and a very good improvement about design. very nice, very very nice. more fluid -over the agera styling- just like the passed years required.


    Look small than agera front is ugly

  • donald seymour

    Design wise, I’m not feeling this over the Agera. But I will hold my judgement until I see it in the flesh.

  • MarketAndChurch

    I love the back of the car.

  • Because I’m Batman

    Rear end looks like Spyker’s front end

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    not so good interior though. Looks like doesn’t match this beast of a design

  • exeptor

    Awesome car, awesome company, awesome Christian, but the race for more power, more speed, faster acceleration is taking its price on the design – this car is everything a super/hyper car should be, but somehow it bet on the WOW effect (and I’m wowed) for being unique (comparing to the mass cars) and aggressive in shape rather than being beautiful. Apart from that this is Koenigsegg at its best – making a lough on the big boys.

  • Blade t

    I like Koenigsegg , I’m sure this model has awesome performance. I wish they would change up their exterior designs a little more from model to model..

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Yep. While the design is pretty nice, it is getting old.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    nice – I think that koenigsegg know how to just get a casual 1600hp out of a v8, whilst bugatti are stuck on a w16.

  • assassingtr

    What’s up with their design language? The front looks like an old MP4-12c. They’ve lost all the good bits that made it a Koenigsegg. Designers should have been more careful with the identity.

  • GPFan

    The innovation of this company is incredible!! Does any car company do it better?
    Does anyone know the service life and reliability of these cars? Might be hard to gauge due to low numbers and low use

    • annon

      …”The innovation of this company is incredible!! Does any car company do it better?”


        • annon

          OK so he uses AMG engines, we still have carbotanium, his meticulousness of the cf weave pattern joints, active aerodynamics etc.. don’t get me wrong, CVK is an absolute mastermind & legend in what he does, but IMO both CVK and Horacio deserve a standing ovation for what they have achieved whereas innovation is concerned

  • Sjaak

    totally wrong design, horrible, a melting pot of all wrong parts fromn earlier Koenigsegg designs, the wing design and place is new, it will be functional, but how ugly it is ….

    • Eythan Aldrich

      we definitely not buying your stupid opinion…..NEXT

      • Sjaak

        how polite you are, come with arguments !

    • ChrisInIL

      “Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling work-horse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change, form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever-brooding hills, remain for ages; the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies, in a twinkling.

      It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic, of all things physical and metaphysical, of all things human and all things superhuman, of all true manifestations of the head, of the heart, of the soul, that the life is recognizable in its expression, that form ever follows function. This is the law.” – architecht Louis Sullivan.

      • Sjaak

        I like mr. Louis Sullivan work. It is his interpretation of form follows function. He was capable to make form follows function a feast for the eye. That is what i miss in this Koenigsegg form. And that’s apart from their technical improvements/innovations koenigsegg makes; for that, chapeau !

  • annon

    an emotional reveal nonetheless, kudos to Christian for naming the car (and keeping it a secret) after a person that means so much to him and his family

  • Tumbi Mtika

    This is mad.

    The show exploded today! What a set of metal we have been introduced to today.

    And if there’s any team that can actually reach the big 300, it’s Christian’s team. Guinness is on speed dial.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      It’s definitely a major evolution (my God, that wing looks like downforce personified), but it still looks all Koenigseggseggseggegegeg. I look forward to see it earn its ghosts.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Can’t wait to see if it really can crack three-hundred.

  • Marty

    Aren’t supercars getting too much alike? The original Koenigsegg CC- had clean lines and an identity, but this is too busy and just says “supercar”.

    • DMax

      It’s meant to be a track day toy so design is 2nd to function, the one with an identity is Regera which looks dope.

  • Cool guy

    why does it have to be so ugly?

    • Bash

      Because people with big bank accounts mostly have no taste.

    • alexxx

      Because it is not…

  • ksegg

    You’re welcome everyone.

  • Momogg

    This is an awesome biopower!
    I like it a lot! ???

  • Fonz

    The back looks like a P1 and a Cayman had a child.

    I absolutely love this car.

    • Bash

      Thank you. I came to say that basically.

    • exeptor

      Another perspective (funny one) – the back looks a bit like Violator (hell form) from Spawn (animation) OR even a bit like Dodge Viper logo (snake face).

  • donald seymour

    I love it since the pictures in the flesh have come out.


  • SteersUright

    $3mil? Thats all? Isnt that, like, cheap for today’s plutocrats? It seems like everyone’s putting out million dollar sports cars these days.
    Cynicism aside, Koenigsegg makes the most beautiful and interesting supercars out there, especially given the relatively small size of his operation

  • MultiKdizzle

    Gotta say, Koenigsegg are consistently impressive. Great company.

  • S3XY

    Doesnt look like a koenigsegg

  • Liam Paul

    honestly , the world is not stunned lol, its nice now but its not like the world stop for this car, sorry. I am sure some readers here think, now that is a nice car but the average person has no clue about this car

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