Koenigsegg Jesko Aims For Lightspeed With A Whopping 1,600 Horsepower

Thats "Yes-ko" to you and me

At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, in an emotional speech, Christian von Koenigsegg unveiled the all-new Koenigsegg Jesko (pronounced “Yes-ko”). This new ‘mega car’ (as Koenigsegg calls it, is set to be the fastest, most powerful, most expensive car to come out of Ängelholm. Here is what we know so far:

Touching Backstory

The name Jesko actually comes from Christian’s father, Jesko von Koenigsegg. As Christian explained during his presentation. Jesko von Koenigsegg was instrumental in keeping the young supercar company afloat during its beginnings in the ’90s. This year being the 25th anniversary of Koenigsegg’s existence, the Jesko got its name from the man who allowed the boutique Swedish supercar company to make it this far in the first place.

The Insane Numbers

If you are wondering what earns a car the title of ‘mega car’, perhaps these numbers will shed some light. According to Koenigsegg, the Jesko produces 1,600 horsepower out of a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8. That is, when you use E85 fuel. On “regular” 95-octane fuel, the engine produces only 1,250 horsepower. That power goes through an all-new 9-speed, seven-clutch transmission, dubbed the “Light Speed Transmission” (LST) to the rear wheels. To help with handling, the Koenigsegg Jesko does have four-wheel steering. The enormous wing at the rear, plus loads of other aerodynamic body panels produce a total of 1,000 kilograms of downforce (over 2,200 lbs) at 170 MPH.

Unforunately, we do not have any information on how this translates to 0-60 times, or more importantly, flat-out top speed. But knowing Koenigsegg, the Jesko will certainly have a good shot at being the fastest car on the planet.

Pricing & Availability

Detailed pricing isn’t quite available yet. But, the Koenigsegg Jesko is supposed to cost around $3 million. Which is all well and good, because Koenigsegg plans to build just 150 units. Plus, 90 of those have already been pre-ordered. So, even if you have the means to buy one, good luck getting a build slot.

Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for the latest news, views, real-world reviews and plenty more to come from the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

We had the chance to sit down and interview Christian von Koenigsegg about the Koenigsegg Regera, check out the video below: