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Disrupting the supercar market isn’t easy. The technical cost barrier is significant, and customers are very loyal to established brand which have status and legacy.
That has not stopped independent supercar brand, Koenigsegg, from its remarkable success over the last two and a half decades.
Sweden is not the first geography you’d consider as a source for supercars, but Christiaan Koenigsegg has altered all of that. The serial entrepreneur founded Koenigsegg in 1994 and has since built an incredibly successful company, which owns a lot of its own technological destiny.
The one thing that Koenigsegg has never done, is a four-seater supercar. Its product portfolio has always been limited to two-seater vehicles, but with the new Gemera, Koenigsegg finally has a grand tourer of its own. It even has no less than eight cupholder (four heated, four cooled) and 200-litres of luggage space.
As one would expect from the Swedish supercar experts, the Gemera has radical specifications. It is powered by a fascinating hybrid system. The 2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine is turbocharged and paired to a tri-motor electric powertrain.
Outputs for the 2-litre engine are deeply impressive, with 440kW and 600Nm. An amazing feature of Koenigsegg’s internal combustion powerplant is that it does not feature traditional camshaft driven valves, but instead uses an actuator gas flow entry and extraction system.
Factor in the car’s electric power source and total system output for the Gemera is an astonishing 1268kW. As with other Koenigsegg’s, it has only a single gear, but that doesn’t limit its staggering performance potential.
Koenigsegg believes that with 3500Nm of torque, its Gemera does not require the complexity of a multi-geared transmission. The evidence is clear when you unpack the performance figures, which are nearly cartoonish in scale.
With the benefit of all-wheel drive, the Gemera will run 0-100 km/h in only 1.9 seconds and power to a true top speed of 400 km/h.
Koenigsegg has not yet confirmed pricing for the Gemera, but the company admits that it will only build 350 examples.
Feature image: Koenigsegg