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New Koenigsegg Gemera & Jesko Absolut Revealed in Ghost Squadron Style

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The new Koenigsegg Gemera and Jesko Absolut revealed via live stream at an empty Geneva Motor Show which only served to add atmosphere and drama to the presentation.
  • Revealed: New Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut – Speed focused variation
  • Revealed: New Koenigsegg Gemera – 4 seater, 4 wheel drive & carbon neutral capable.

In true Ghost Squadron style, Koenigsegg led the pack by embracing an abandoned empty atmosphere at the recently cancelled Geneva Show, continuing to put on an incredible high impact show. One that weaved a personal story, hosted solely by the founder Christian von Koenigsegg and one that set the stage for its two new cutting edge products to be released from the dark…and they didn’t disappoint.

Koenigsegg at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show
Koenigsegg delivers two new models at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show.
Koenigsegg at the Geneva International Motor Show 2020
Koenigsegg’s presentation, while filmed at an empty show, was streamed on YouTube.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut

“The fastest Koenigsegg we will ever endeavor to make”

Christian von Koenigsegg

First announced was the Jesko Absolut – the newer and faster version of the original Jesko hypercar revealed at last years Geneva Motor Show.

According to Koenigsegg, the twin-turbocharged V8 engined Jesko Absolut is the fastest car they have ever made and (most likely for safety purposes) have vowed they will never attempt to make a faster series-production car.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut presented by Christian von Koenigsegg at Geneva 2020
Christian von Koenigsegg presents the new Jesko Absolut at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

In the words of CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg, “Both Jesko versions are truly masters in their own right. The Absolut version with its shockingly low drag coefficient of 0.278 Cd, combined with its high-speed stability optimized aero features, daily drive friendly characteristics and luggage space, make the Jesko Absolut a land-based rocket-ship determined to reach unheard-of speed in record-setting pace.”

In comparison to the original Jesko (the track-focused version), the 1,600 horsepower producing Jesko Absolut is 100% speed focused and because of this, looks much more streamline. The massive rear spoiler has been removed and replaced by two F-15 fighter jet inspired fins that double as vertical stabilisers and clean up airflow over the rear end, helping to reduce total drag and stabilize the car at high speeds.

Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut Rear profile view tailights exhaust fins
The new Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut (Top Speed focused version). Credit: Koenigsegg
Original Koenigsegg Jesko Rear profile view tailights exhaust fins
The original Koenigsegg Jesko (Track focused version). Credit: Koenigsegg

Also contributing to the additional speed of the Jesko Absolut is Koenigsegg’s own developed and produced “Light Speed Transmission” (LST) system that allows gears changes from any gear to another (skipping gears also ok) in a fraction of a second, along with Absolut’s “Ultimate Power On Demand” (UPOD) system that predicts the correct gear change and makes sure the power is there for maximum acceleration.

“The fastest Koenigsegg we will ever endeavor to make” Christian von Koenigsegg.

While no mention was made of exact times and top speeds, Koenigsegg hinted towards some big numbers saying “How fast? Time will tell. Looking at the math and our advanced simulations – it will be unbelievably fast……The car was built to produce new high speed records.”

With both Jesko variants combined, only 125 Jesko’s total will be produced and it was noted that owners who currently already have original Jesko’s on order will be given the option to choose between their original track-focused variation or the high speed focused Jesko Absolut option. So at this stage Koenigsegg do not know how the variant split will look in time.

Koenigsegg Gemera – The brand’s first 4 seater mega-GT vehicle

Koenigsegg Gemera presented by Christian von Koenigsegg at Geneva 2020
The Koenigsegg Gemera was introduced by Christian von Koenigsegg at Geneva’s Motor Show 2020

In a surprise reveal to many, the second car announced was the “Gemera”, Koenigsegg’s first ever 4 seater vehicle that will be limited to only 300 cars.

Introducing the new car, Christian von Koenigsegg stated, “Ultimate performance has belonged to the world of two-seaters with very limited luggage space – until now. The Gemera is a completely new category of car where extreme megacar meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness. We call it a Mega-GT.”

The unique name Gemera was suggested by Christian von Koenigsegg’s mother who came up with it based on the Swedish phrase “ge mera” meaning to “give more” in English. In this case the two Swedish words have simply been pushed together and “give more” it certainly does.

A full sized mid-engined mega car, the Koenigsegg Gemera can comfortably seat 4 people and has a spacious interior not ever been seen before in a full sized GT sports car. Despite being a four seater, the Gemera can do 0-100km/h in 1.9 seconds and it’s power and performance still allows it to outperform most 2 seater megacars.

Koenigsegg Gemera Interior view dashboard seats
The interior of the 4 seater Koenigsegg Gemera is accessed by one door each side. Credit: Koenigsegg

Creature comforts inside the car include memory foam heated seats, wireless phone chargers, 4 hot & cold cup holders and front & rear infotainment displays for all passengers.

Outside the Gemera, the long dihedral opening doors mean all 4 occupants can enter the car without having to move seats forward. Having given thought to the practicality of parking, the length of the doors are designed so that they work in 95% of all garage heights, but for those with unusually lower ceilings, sensors on top and in front of the doors will detect a lower height or obstacles and stop the doors early while still allowing access and egress.

The Gemera is optimised and envisioned to be carbon neutral, basically emission free and uses multiple power systems. The first is a 2 litre combustion engine with 600hp and 600nm created from a 3 cylinder twin turbo engine designed to run on renewable fuels.

Koenigsegg Gemera Rear profile view tailights exhaust
The Gemera is optimised and envisioned to be carbon neutral. Credit: Koenigsegg

Koenigsegg wants to put an end to fossil fuel dependency on combustion engines. The advantage of utilizing a combustion engine is that it is at least 30% lighter than a full-electric vehicle with a similar range and power. This creates a car that is more agile, has more room, better acceleration, cornering and braking and is CO2 neutral if you use the right fuel.

Another advantage not lost on many is the sound a combustion engine produces. Even though it is only 3 cylinders, the cylinders are still large enough in size and coupled with a Titanium Akrapovic exhaust system the sound is guaranteed to please.

Koenigsegg Gemera Front profile view headlights
The 4 seater Gemera has a 0-100km (0-60mph) time of 1.9 seconds. Credit: Koenigsegg

The Gemera is a flex fuel car meaning you have choices of using pretty much whatever fuel you can find. Koenigsegg say that full-electric cars are still great but there are also challenges with how many charging stations are around and it’s difficult to produce cells quickly enough for world wide implementation. Designed to be a long distance traveling car, the Gemera has an expected 1000km range when fully fueled & charged.

The front axle is driven by the combustion engine and an electric motor coupled with a hydraulic clutch for each output shaft. The rear axle is driven by two independent electric motors with 500bhp and 1000nm each. All 4 wheels on the Gemera have torque vectoring so as Christian von Koenigsegg says “It can be as steady as a freight train on the Autobahn or agile around the corners of a race track because we can play around with all these parameters.”

What the rear view of the Gemera looks like as it overtakes you. Credit: Koenigsegg

All up the Gemera has 1700bhp, 3500nm of torque and a super-fast 0-100km (0-60mph) time of 1.9 seconds, quite incredible for a 4 seater car with 4 wheel steering. With a full carbon fibre construction (that’s body, monocoque, chassis basically everything) Koenigsegg has a production aim to keep Gemera’s weight under 1900kg.

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New Lamborghini Sián Roadster Hybrid: Only 19 Will Be Made

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The already sold-out Lamborghini Sián Roadster is the company’s first hybrid roadster and is powered by a supercapacitor instead of lithium-ion cells.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster hybrid super sports car.
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster hybrid super sports car. Credit: Lamborghini

Lamborghini has officially revealed the new Lamborghini Sián Roadster – inspired by the Sián FKP 37 hybrid concept car first unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

After a week of Lamborghini teasing their new release with ambiguous images across social media, the Italian supercar maker has come forth with the latest hybrid creation.

Limited to only 19 vehicles (which are already sold-out), the Sián Roadster is the company’s first hybrid roadster and powered by Lamborghini’s 6.5-liter V12 engine with unique hybrid technologies that can produce up to 819 horsepower (602kW) of thermal and electric power.

Lamborghini Sian Roadster Hybrid Rear Side View
The Lamborghini Sián Roadster will produce up to 819 horsepower. Credit: Lamborghini

“The Sián Roadster encapsulates the spirit of Lamborghini,” says Stefano Domenicali, Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It is the expression of breathtaking design and extraordinary performance, but most importantly embodies important future technologies. The Sián’s innovative hybrid powertrain heralds the direction for Lamborghini super sports cars, and the open-top Sián Roadster affirms a desire for the ultimate lifestyle Lamborghini as we move towards a tomorrow demanding new solutions.”

Only 19 Lamborghini Sián Roadster's will be built.
Only 19 Lamborghini Sián Roadster’s will be built. Credit: Lamborghini

Unlike many other electric vehicle manufacturers, the Sián Roadster uses a supercapacitor developed in collaboration with MIT in Boston, which can store ten more times power than lithium-ion batteries and delivers optimum performance.

Located in the bulkhead between the cockpit and engine, the supercapacitor and e-motor system weighs only 34kg and works in conjunction with the V12 engine and a new powertrain.

Sian Roadster Hybrid Interior Cockpit
The Sián Roadster’s new interior cockpit design. Credit: Lamborghini

The 48-volt e-motor itself delivers an additional 34hp for a total of 819hp (602kW), allowing the Sián Roadster to reach a top speed of over 218mph/350kmh and accelerate from 0 – 60mph 100kmh in less than 2.8 seconds.

The e-motor system also provides immediate response and supports low-speed manoeuvres (like reversing and parking) with electric power.

Lamborghini interior customisation
Endless customisation opportunities available to owners. Credit: Lamborghini

Another feature of the Sián Roadster is the regenerative braking system specially developed by Lamborghini. Unlike regular lithium-ion batteries, the supercapacitor’s symmetric behavior means that they can be charged and discharged with the same power, meaning the Sián’s energy storage system charges every time the vehicle brakes.

Each time the driver brakes, energy is stored in an instantly-available power boost which the driver can draw on immediately when accelerating away (making it 10% faster than a vehicle without this system).

Lamborghini Sian Roadster Tail lights exhaust rear view
Lamborghini Sián Roadster debuts in “Blu Uranas”. Credit: Lamborghini

Design-wise, the launch model of the Sián Roadster debuted in a color known as “Blu Uranas” with “Oro Electrum” wheels and “Blu Glauco” detailing, specially selected by Lamborghini’s Centro Stile and Ad Personam departments.

Carrying the unmistakable Lamborghini hexagonal DNA throughout the entire design, the Sián Roadster shares many of the same design elements of the coupe version, although it adds new details like the engine bonnet, the roll bar integrated into the front windscreen and aerodynamic wind vanes.

Sian Roadster Hybrid Rear View
Lamborghini’s hexagonal DNA continues through with the Sián Roadster. Credit: Lamborghini

No prices have been announced yet, but with all 19 limited editions already sold, you’ll most likely have to sell a kidney to get one anyway.

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The New James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation

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Fancy yourself the next James Bond? The new Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation, complete with all its gadgets might just be your cup of tea.
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Edition. Credit: Aston Martin

After more than 50 years, Aston Martin has decided it is high time the gadget cars of the early James Bond make a comeback, with the first “Job 1” DB5 Goldfinger Continuation rolling off the production line (after a few extra modifications from the “Q’s” at Aston Martin).

Limited to 25 editions and built in collaboration with EON Productions, the new Goldfinger DB5 continuation model is the first new DB5 to be built in more than 50 years.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation's rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation’s rear smoke screen delivery system in action. Credit: Aston Martin

Originally built between 1963 and 1965, only 900 saloon examples of the classic Aston Martin DB5 were originally constructed, but thanks to its iconic appearance in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger,” it has since been dubbed by some as “the most famous car in the world.”

Exterior paint color "Silver Birch" just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin
Exterior paint color “Silver Birch” just like the original. Credit: Aston Martin

Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “The DB5 is, without question, the most famous car in the world by virtue of its 50-plus year association with James Bond. To see, the first customer car finished, and realise that this is the first new DB5 we have built in more than half a century, really is quite a moment.

“It is a genuine privilege, and significant responsibility, to have been involved in the shaping of this new DB5 and to be helping to lead the creation of new versions of this automotive icon. I’m absolutely certain that the 25 lucky owners who are beginning to take delivery of these cars will be thrilled with them.”

These days the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuation takes around 4,500 hours of construction to create a working car complete with many of the operable gadgets from the movie, created by Bond film special effects supervisor Chris Corbould OBE.

Sharing the original DB5 styled aluminum exterior body panels and an authentic DB5 mild steel chassis structure, the new DB5 Goldfinger Continuations are powered by a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated inline six-cylinder engine and are only available in one exterior color – “Silver Birch,” just like the original James Bond car.

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation interior. Credit: Aston Martin

It’s important to note the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation is not “road-legal,” (which is slightly disappointing if we’re honest and rules out about 98% of the locations you’d want to test out the gadgets). However, if its any consolation, you could still take it to a track to test out the following list of Bond-inspired gadgets.

Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Exterior Gadgets:
  • Rear smoke screen delivery system
  • Rear simulated oil slick delivery system
  • Revolving number plates front and rear (triple plates)
  • Simulated twin front machine guns
  • Bullet resistant rear shield
  • Battering rams front and rear
  • Simulated tyre slasher
  • Removable passenger seat roof panel (optional equipment)
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Rear simulated oil slick delivery system. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Revolving number plates for when you need to go incognito. Credit: Aston Martin
Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger Continuation Interior Gadgets:
  • Simulated radar screen tracker map
  • Telephone in driver’s door
  • Gear knob actuator button
  • Armrest and center console-mounted switchgear
  • Under-seat hidden weapons/storage tray
  • Remote control for gadget activation
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Simulated radar screen tracker map. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Gear knob actuator button. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Telephone in drivers door. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin
Remote control for gadget activation. Credit: Aston Martin

First deliveries of the 25 special DB5 Goldfinger Continuation vehicles to their owners have already commenced and will continue through the second half of 2020.

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Rolls-Royce x Franck Muller “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge and Watch Collab Revealed

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Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have recently joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge Inspired Crazy Hours Watch and an upcoming Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”
Franck Muller Rolls Royce Crazy Numbers Wraith Black Badge Partnership

Sharing a passion for excellence, Rolls-Royce Geneva and Swiss luxury watchmaker Franck Muller have joined forces to design two new creations: The Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” and the Wraith Black Badge inspired “Crazy Hours” watch.

Or to put it another way – Rolls-Royce Geneva will customize a special Black Badge edition of the Wraith to reflect elements of Franck Muller’s Crazy Hours watch, and Franck Muller is creating a Wraith Black Badge inspired version of the watch.

Benefitting from the expertise of the Rolls-Royce’s “Bespoke Programme,” the Rolls-Royce Geneva “Crazy Numbers” Wraith Black Badge is an artistic demonstration of the extreme personalization that can be achieved and will see elements of Franck Muller’s iconic Crazy Hours watch intertwined throughout the vehicle design.

Featuring a special Velvet Sparkle exterior finish with a Twin-Coachline motif in Silver/Cobalto Blue mirroring the Crazy Numbers theme, the special Wraith edition will feature a deep Cobalto Blue interior and a unique dashboard fascia and embroidered “Crazy Hours” numbers on the rear console. Overhead the Starlight Headliner will also depict the “Crazy Hours” watch face.

Franck Muller Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge Crazy Hours
Rear console embroidery inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

Sharing on the customization options of the special edition Matt Danton, Bespoke Designer at Rolls-Royce, commented, “Distinction, leadership and genuine expression is at the heart of the Bespoke Programme. The car is regarded as a key element of one’s taste and personal style, so it’s only natural it’s bespoke.”

Franck Muller Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge Crazy Numbers
Custom dashboard fascia inspired by Franck Muller “Crazy Hours” watch. Credit: Rolls-Royce Geneva

As yet, Rolls-Royce has only provided teaser images of the upcoming edition; however production of Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers” is set to commence shortly with the actual motor car presented in the 4th quarter of 2020.

To celebrate the partnership, Franck Muller has also created two unique versions of the Crazy Hours watch. Featuring the same Cobalto Blue color scheme as the vehicle, one watch has a black dial with a Cobalto Blue case and black leather strap, while the other is a reverse combination with a Cobalto Blue dial, black case and blue strap.

Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller
Two versions of the Franck Muller Crazy Hours Wraith Black Badge Edition. Credit: Franck Muller

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the world’s finest car manufacturer to produce this bespoke car and this exclusive watch collection,” says Nicholas Rudaz, director of Franck Muller Watchland. “To see our exceptional know-how of haute-horlogerie be interpreted into such an exclusive car has been a fascinating experience.”

For the uninitiated, the Franck Muller Crazy Hour watch is a self-winding watch with a 42-hour power reserve that displays the watch numbers in a very unconventional order and, at first glance, reminds one of something the Mad Hatter would wear to his next tea party.

Using its patented Crazy Hours mechanism, the central hour hand jumps to the correct hour number (one to twelve) even though the numbers are not in the standard order. Meanwhile, the minute hand continues to follow a conventional pattern and revolves around the dial on a 60-minute cycle.

As yet, pricing has not been announced for the Franck Muller Wraith Inspired Crazy Hours watch or the Rolls-Royce Wraith Black Badge “Crazy Numbers.”

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