Crafting a worthy successor to a hypercar as bonkers as the Koenigsegg Agera RS, the world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 278 mph, is no simple feat. But that is exactly what the Swedish manufacturer is aiming for with its reveal of the 2020 Koenigsegg Jesko at the Geneva auto show. Click through for a closer look:
Named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the inspirational father of company founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg, the Jesko is a wild thing to behold with its vast array of massive aerodynamic appendages.
For the Jesko, Koenigsegg’s familiar twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8 has been heavily revised. With a redline of 8500 rpm, the Jesko’s powerplant generates 1281 horsepower at 7800 rpm on pump gasoline (1603 horses on E85) and 1106 lb-ft of torque at 5100 revs. The Agera RS, for comparison, was rated at 1160 horses on pump gas.
Building on the Agera’s carbon-fiber and aluminum-honeycomb chassis tub, the Jesko’s chassis is slightly longer and taller, which allows for more interior space, particularly in terms of head- and legroom.
Further helping the Jesko stick to the road are its carbon-fiber body and advanced aerodynamic systems, including a massive front chin splitter with active underbody flaps that can route air through the nose and over the top of the car.
The gigantic top-mounted, boomerang-shaped rear wing features stacked airfoil elements that Koenigsegg says can actively alter their angle of attack based on driving conditions.
Koenigsegg’s representatives confirmed that there will be both a full-attack track model and a more street-oriented version of the Jesko. Along with slightly less aggressive aerodynamics, the tamer model will likely feature electrically adjustable seats instead of the track car’s one-piece carbon-fiber shells.
Additional highlights include a removable roof panel and Koenigsegg’s showstopping “dihedral synchro-helix” door-hinge mechanism.
The Jesko features an advanced driver interface encompassing a 5.0-inch, steering-wheel-mounted haptic touchscreen instrument cluster that remains centered as the wheel spins, as well as a 9.0-inch central infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay.
Arguably even more impressive than the engine is the Jesko’s Koenigsegg-developed nine-speed multi-clutch automatic transmission, controlled via steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters or a push/pull shift lever on the center console.
Compared with a conventional dual-clutch automatic that utilizes a separate clutch for both odd- and even-numbered gears—an already super-quick-shifting arrangement—the LST employs seven individual clutch packs that allow it to shift gears even quicker—essentially with zero torque interruption—and to jump between any of its ratios with equal immediacy, be it an eight-to-third gear downshift or a second-to-ninth upshift.