Koenigsegg Jesko: Real cars still exist! The new mega-car has a transmission with seven clutches

Koenigsegg Jesko first introduced himself to the world in 2019. However, only now is serial production approaching, when his pre-series piece is introduced. Even after two years since its premiere, it is an amazing machine.

In the automotive environment, Sweden is known primarily for its rally drivers or Volvo, which today emphasizes not only safety but also ecological propulsion, but this Nordic country has also had something to say in the field of supersports for years. The local Koenigsegg has built such a reputation that every novelty of his is eagerly awaited. And right now there’s one.

His name is Koenigsegg Jesko, and although he introduced himself to the world in March 2019 at the then Geneva Motor Show, we have good reason to write about him again. The carmaker has completed a pre-series copy, which indicates that serial production is behind the door. It uses orange varnish, which refers to the former 2004 CCR model.

Even more than two years after its premiere, Jesko (presented by the manufacturer not as a supercar or perhaps a hypercar, but directly as a mega-car) has definitely not aged, as its technology continues to be a real delicacy. Even in the age of various electric and hybrid supersports, Koenigsegg relies exclusively on the internal combustion engine.

Specifically in the bowels works a newly developed eight-cylinder fork with a volume of five liters doped with a pair of turbochargers, which provide 1280 horsepower (941 kW). And if you happen to refuel with E85 biofuel, it’s even 1600 hp (1,177 kW)! The torque reaches a maximum of 1,500 Nm at 5,100 rpm, with over a thousand newton meters available from 2,700 rpm.

But the gearbox is also unique. It has nine stages and a unique construction from its own workshop with seven wet multi-disc clutches. According to the manufacturer, this ensures not only a super-fast gear change lasting only 20 milliseconds (supposedly the fastest transmission in the series) but also a unique function of engaging any gear if necessary.

The so-called the Ultimate Power on Demand feature allows you to instantly shift to the optimum gear for acceleration, without the need to downshift. If you have seven in this way and the system evaluates that four is the most suitable for acceleration, you can downgrade to it directly, without waiting for synchronization. With a classic dual-clutch transmission, the driver would first have to downshift over six and five, which would delay him. For this reason, there is a double shift, one for the gear shift and the other for the optimal gear function.

The advantage is also the fact that the gearbox is very light, according to the company weighs only 90 kg. It’s no wonder that Koenigsegg calls it the biggest evolution in gearboxing since the advent of dual-clutch automats.

“Jesko drives very naturally. Thanks to the smooth shifting up and down, everything happens much faster. There are no delays, it is very sensitive and behaves exactly the way you want, “says test driver Markus Lundh about the novelty, saying that he is very agile with regard to his performance and will not let himself be decided even during sudden changes of direction.

The car, like its predecessor, uses a carbon base, which is completely new. In particular, the carbon monocoque is 40 mm longer and 22 mm higher than its predecessor, to increase the interior space for the crew. We’ll find it inside again non-traditional digital instrument panel attached directly to the steering wheel.

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Koenigsegg Jesko plans to build 125 copies of His model and its modified version Jesko Absolut. That’s a lot for the company, so for its needs, the production plant has expanded significantly. The first customers will see a car named after the company’s founding father at the beginning of 2022.

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