Published on March 6th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


The Koenigsegg Jesko Has Unbelievable Performance Numbers

There were quite a few reveals at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, but the Koenigsegg Jesko was definitely the show stealer. The car was named after the founder’s father, who was instrumental in the companies early years.

The Jesko is positioned as the successor to the Agera RS, meaning it’s made for the track but road-legal. Speaking at the presentation, Christian von Koenigsegg said the were working on a Jesko 300 model which would theoretically be able to surpass the 300mp/h (482km/h) barrier.

That model would have a space in the front to stow away the roof. This regular Jesko has a removable roof too, but no place to stow it as it’s too focused on aero and downforce. Speaking of, this car has over 1000kg of downforce!


The Jesco comes with a redesigned 5.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine capable of 1280hp on standard gasoline and an unbelievable 1600hp on E85 biofuel. It’s paired to a new 9-speed Light Speed Transmission (LST) by Koeneigsegg.

The in-house transmission is said to change gears in ‘virtually zero time’ due to the simultaneous opening and closing of its clutches.

Dual-clutch Transmissions are designed for fast shifting in one direction (either one step up or one step down). The LST’s multi clutch design and clever software meanwhile enable it to jump to ANY suitable gear in an instant!

Chassis and Features

Besides that, the Koenigsegg Jesko uses a modified carbon fibre monocoque that’s more spacious than the Agera RS’s. It’s still super stiff, at 65,000Nm per degree and safe enough to pass crash tests in the EU and USA. It also features a new Triplex Suspension system now in the front as well as the rear.  Active rear steering is present as well.

The Jesko features miniaturised hydraulics that open up its doors and hoods with just a press of a button.

They call this ‘Autoskin’ and it’s really cool to watch in real life.

On the inside, Koenigsegg has developed new driver controls using touchscreen technology built into both the new SmartCenter and SmartWheel. Two small touchscreens are found on the steering wheel which give access to audio, phone, ride height and cruise control. These are context sensitive screens which have haptic feedback for a non-visual connection.

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