If you’re wondering why Koenigsegg has called this a “megacar”, over supercar or hypercar, this video of the CEO of Koenigsegg revealing and test-driving the Jesko for the first time, is the answer to everything.
If you haven’t already heard, the Jesko is the latest thing from the Swedish company with a 1280 hp and 1500 Nm from a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8. The figure can go up to 1,600 hp, with E85 fuel. So far, these are the only figures provided.
Perhaps the biggest appeal of the Jesko, as per the video, is its throttle response and sheer relentless acceleration. It’s like Sonic the Hedgehog, on 20 cans of Red Bull.
One of the many factors that contribute to Jesko’s ferocity is the in-house air injection system that directs 20-bar of compressed air to the turbochargers to pre-spool their turbines, for instant power and throttle response.
The other appeal of the Jesko is its 9-speed Light Speed Transmission, also designed in-house, which makes the fastest transmissions look like kindergarten science projects.
It comes with an Ultimate Power on Demand feature that’s simply one of a kind. It basically allows you to downshift, whether from the gear shifters on the steering or gear lever, from 7th gear to 4th gear for example, in just one click. Here’s how it works!
The shifter paddles on the steering and gear lever come with a double-notch shifting mechanism. The first click shifts one gear up or down. Two clicks at once and the Ultimate Power on Demand feature is activated; shifting the car from whatever gear it is in, to the lowest gear instantly for maximum acceleration; instead of shifting gear by gear from 7th to 4th.
The Jesko is the most aerodynamic car to wear the Koenigsegg badge, with up to 1000 kg of downforce at 275 km/h. That’s the weight of a Perodua Myvi, keeping the Jesko’s Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R tyres firmly planted on the road for traction and stability.
The Jesko is named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of company Founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg. Since the company’s early years, Jesko has been a key presence at Koenigsegg Automotive, steering the company through various challenges.