The new Koenigsegg Jesko arrives in Geneva, effectively replacing the Agera and is named after Christian von Koenigsegg’s father.
If you start up a supercar company in your early twenties, you’re probably going to need a bit of help. And when Christian von Koenigsegg started his eponymous company it was his father who helped. What better way to say thank-you than naming your latest hypercar, from your now very successful car company, in his honour.
So we get the new Koenigsegg Jesko, named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, on the floor in Geneva, sitting on a new platform and a bit bigger than the Agera it replaces, with a new version of Koenigsegg’s V8 engine promising 1280bhp if you use normal fuel but a whopping 1600bhp if you use E85.
Koenigsegg are promising two versions – one for track and one to go fast on the road – and are targeting a top speed of 300mph. Which would make the Jesko the fastest production car ever.
The Jesko also gets a new Koenigsegg transmission with nine speeds, with each cog having its own wet clutch system for changes in just 20 milliseconds without pre-selection. And it weighs a very frugal 90kg.
Weighing in at just 1400kg ‘wet’, Koenigsegg plan to homologate the Jesko for the US as well as Europe and are going to build 125 cars.
At a list price of £2,750,000 you might think it’ll take Koenigsegg a while to fill the order book. But they’ve already sold the first 83.