This Is How Koenigsegg Created The 300MPH Jesko Hypercar

Koenigsegg aims to break the 300mph barrier with a specially prepared version of the Jesko, the firm’s latest creation that is named after Christian von Koenigsegg’s father.

Top Gear had the chance to visit the exotic car maker’s headquarters in Ängelholm, Sweden, before the Jesko’s big reveal at the Geneva Motor Show and take a tour around the facility where dreams come true.

We can see the Jesko getting ready for its world premiere and listen to von Koenigsegg talking about it and their future effort to break the 300mph (482km/h) barrier, although there’s still plenty of work to be done before they go for it.

The Koenigsegg Jesko is powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 that can produce up to 1,578hp (1,600PS) on E85 fuel. The engine’s turbos are paired to a small electric compressor that chugs pressurized air into them, eliminating turbo lag and thus making the engine more responsive.

Another highlight is the transmission. Koenigsegg’s own nine-speed multiclutch unit comes with no synch rings at all, making “light speed” gear changes a reality as it doesn’t have to “wait” for synchronization.

The whole production process is incredibly meticulous and is mostly done by hand, requiring thousands of man hours to complete a single car. Just the paint process takes 600 to 800 hours, which gives us an idea of the stunning attention to detail.

Then again, we shouldn’t expect anything less from Koenigsegg and its $3 million hypercar, right?


  • Kagan

    So it is just hype!

    First they need a special model for high-speed and even prior to that they never show it!

  • D Feeley

    Agree, such a mad scientist. I cant imagine how they shoehorn that motor in the car.

  • SteersUright


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