fbpx
Connect with us

Luxury Cars

New Koenigsegg Gemera & Jesko Absolut Revealed in Ghost Squadron Style

Published

on

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.

Advertisement
Comments

Luxury Cars

Lamborghini To Recall 26 Aventador SVJ’s Due To Faulty Door Locks

Published

on

Lamborghini set to recall 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadsters produced between December 2019 and January 2020 to replace a possible faulty door locking mechanism.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself the owner of a 2020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe or Roadster, then you may also be unlucky enough to have to hand it back to your local Lamborghini Dealer….but only for a short time to check if they need to replace a possible faulty door lock.

You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini
You May Have To Hand Back Your Lamborghini Aventador SVJ. Credit: Lamborghini

In a Safety Recall Report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Lamborghini have identified the possibility that 26 Aventador SVJ Coupes and Roadster produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may be at risk of having a faulty door locking mechanism.

 According to the report, in January 2020 during end of line quality checks Lamborghini verified a few cases of non-operative internal door handles. An internal investigation was launched to determine the root cause and results revealed there’s a 40% chance additional vehicles produced between December 2019 and January 2020 may also present with the same issue over time.

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini
The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster First Revealed At The Geneva Motor Show. Credit: Lamborghini

The defect was caused by a “non-properly trained new operator” who may not have “correctly engaged the Bowden cable pin inside the internal door handles during the manual assembly step of the components.”

The possible risk caused from this human error is that “over time the internal door handle mechanism may fail and the door cannot be unlocked from the inside, posing an entrapment risk. This failure could lead to the inability to operate the handles from inside the vehicle with a safety risk in case of emergency.”

Lamborghini did note that the outside handles operation are guaranteed by a different component and its functionality is not affected, ensuring it is still possible to open the doors normally from the outside.

Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini
Can Still Escape The Aventador SVJ Roadster If Need Be. Credit: Lamborghini

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Coupe and Roadsters of concern for recall have a VIN range of ZHWUM6ZD4LLA09411 – ZHWUN6ZD1LLA09511 (not sequential) so if you’ve taken delivery of a Lamborghini between December 2019 and now it might be worth checking your VIN.

Lamborghini plans to notify all owners of affected vehicles between May 1 2020 – June 1 2020 and will instruct them to arrange an appointment with their authorized Lamborghini dealer so that the whole internal door handle can be replaced free of charge.

Continue Reading

Luxury Cars

Stephan Winklemann Explains the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport in Detail

Published

on

Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann and colleagues explain the finer details of the new €3 million Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport revealed earlier this month.

Leading a presentation from Bugatti’s stately headquarters at the Château St. Jean and Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim earlier this month, President Stephen Winklemann was joined by Managing Director of Production and Logistics Christophe Piochon, Head of Development Stefan Ellrot and Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl as they elaborated on the aspects that make the Chiron Pur Sport what it is.

All the Bug’s lined up at Château St. Jean. Credit: Bugatti

Standing alongside the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport and Bugatti’s most recent offerings, the “Golden Era inspired” La Voiture Noir, the EB110 inspired Centodieci and the record breaking Chiron Super Sport 300+, Stephan Winklemann introduced the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.

Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti President Stephan Winklemann at the Bugatti Atelier. Credit: Bugatti

Speaking on the overall design, Stephan referenced the immediate visual points of difference from the original Chiron, beginning with the large rear wing and massive rear diffuser before moving onto the larger air intakes at the front of the car that help to improve aerodynamics and increase downforce.

The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti
The New Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Credit: Bugatti

Focusing on the wheel design, Stephan noted the wheels have “negative camber of 2.5 degrees” (meaning the bottom of the specially designed tyres sit further out than at the top), with springs 60% stiffer compared to the Chiron and gear ratio shortened by 18%, which improves the elasticity of the car by 40%. This combined with an overall weight reduction and a weight to power ratio of 1:1.8 means the Chiron Pur Sport is capable of hitting 0-62mph in 2.3 seconds.

Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti
Bugatti Head of Development Stephan Ellrot discussing technicals. Credit: Bugatti

Commenting on the technical aspects of the Chiron Pur Sport, Bugatti’s Head of Development Stefan Ellrot drew attention to the fact that “the W16 engine has been increased maximum revs 200rpm leading to 6900rpm (in total), which fits together with the gearbox with the shortened gear ratios and all 7 gears, optimizing acceleration but more importantly, increasing the elasticity up to 40-45% which you can feel immediately when driving the car.”

Frank Heyl - Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti
Frank Heyl – Bugatti Deputy Design Director. Credit: Bugatti

Reflecting on the finer aesthetic details of the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, Deputy Design Director Frank Heyl was quick to again emphasize “form follows performance”, noting that the front air takes of the Pur Sport have been increased and the horseshoe design enlarged significantly to make it look more aggressive while assisting aerodynamics and being careful not to detract from the overall performance.

At the rear of the car, the unmissable 1.9 meter rear wing has been designed to help counterbalance the increased downforce created by the front of the car and visually speaking, a new horizontal split has been introduced that acts to reduce the visual height of the car, making it appear lower to the ground and more streamlined.

Production of the 60 limited edition Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s is expected to begin second half of 2020 with prices starting at €3 million excluding VAT.

Continue Reading

Luxury Cars

New Rolls-Royce Roadster: The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection

Published

on

Rolls-Royce embodies the spirit of the roaring twenties by introducing its first Collection Car of the new decade, the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.
Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection side profile sketch
A profile sketch of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
  • New Rolls-Royce open-top roadster
  • Limited to 50 examples
  • An ode to the 1920’s

The 1920’s are frequently referred to as the “Roaring Twenties” while in Europe they’re sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age” because of the economic boom following World War I. In France you may hear the period referred to as the “Crazy Years”.

The Roaring Twenties were a period in history of dramatic social and political change. For the first time ever, more Americans lived in cities than on farms.Some countries saw the rise of radical political movements while others had a social, artistic, and cultural explosion.

America, for one, tried to assert some control over the unruly immigrant masses who crowded the nation’s cities with the Prohibition. This was a nationwide constitutional ban on the production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection top view sketch
Only 50 examples of the Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be made. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

America’s total wealth more than doubled between 1920 and 1929, and this economic growth swept many Americans into an affluent “consumer society.” Americans had extra money to spend and they spent it on consumer goods, with the most important consumer product of the 1920s being the automobile, as cars gave young people the freedom to go where they pleased and do what they wanted.

With the 1920’s ending, many were left with a prosperity hangover. In September and October 1929 the London Stock Exchange and Wall Street Crash occurred, marking the beginnings of the Great Depression.

100 years on from the beginning of the crazy years, 2020 finds Rolls-Royce attempting to capture the carefree attitude of those far-off days in a bold, contemporary car designed for today’s non-conformists and pleasure-seekers. The car is the first Collection Car from Rolls-Royce for the new decade and is the Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection aero cowling windbreak badge
The vapor blasted titanium aero cowling windbreak badge. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

This open-top roadster iteration of Rolls-Royce Dawn is designed to be like a silver bullet and features a dash in a newly commissioned ultra-metallic silver bespoke paint finish. Also greeting the driver and companion as they step in is a contemporary and unique open-pore carbon fibre fascia. Continuing to draw inspiration from the famed fashion of rebellious youth from the 1920’s, the Dawn Silver Bullet’s transmission tunnel has been quilted in a way that draws inspiration from trendy A-1 style brown leather jackets of the era while the aero cowling windbreak displays the Silver Bullet name via machined text on a vapor-blasted titanium surface.

Rolls Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection quilted leather transmission tunnel
The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features a quilted leather transmission tunnel. Credit: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Contrasting the car’s silver hue, The Dawn Silver Bullet Collection features some dark exterior detailing with dark headlights and a new dark front bumper finisher which is then complimented with part-polished wheels that offer a translucent shadow finish with a single silver pinstripe.

The Rolls-Royce Dawn Silver Bullet Collection will be limited to just 50 cars worldwide.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending