Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut: Unbelievably Fast
The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut has been unveiled. With a limited production of 125 units, and 40-50 units being produced each year, it is the fastest Koenigsegg ever made. Starting roughly at $3 million, every surface element on the Jesko Absolut has been purposefully constructed to reduce drag or surrounding turbulence around the car while increasing high-speed stability. This meant elongating the car and giving it a more tear-dropped shape. The rear extension of the Jesko Absolut makes it 85 mm longer than the track-focused Jesko and the dished rear wheels, changing its appearance.
The top speed of the Jesko Absolut is extremely high -- theoretically reaching 330 MPH depending on certain conditions. The Jesko Absolut is powered by a 1280 bhp (1600 bhp on E85), twin turbocharged V8 engine, featuring the world’s lightest V8 crankshaft that weighs just 12.5 kg. This new flat-plane 180-degree crankshaft produces more power with greater efficiency, while achieving a higher 8500 rpm rev limit.
Featuring a nine-speed super engine, multi-clutch transmission, The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut comes with an innovative gearbox comprising nine forward gears and several wet, multi-disc clutches in a compact, ultra-light package. It is capable of gear changes between any gear, at near light speed. This is thanks to the simultaneous opening and closing of clutches, which make the driving experience so seamless that it feels like the driver and car are symbiotically connected.
Koenigsegg uses the industry’s longest front and rear wishbones, more akin to Formula 1 racing than the typical road car. Enlarged wheel bearings in lightweight housing provide an unrivaled mix of responsiveness and stability.
Koenigsegg has developed new driver controls using touchscreen technology built into both the new SmartCenter and SmartWheel. SmartWheel’s screens feature haptic feedback, allowing ease of use without the need for constant visual connection. Driver and passenger can use SmartCenter to operate the automated climate control system, audio, and navigation systems.
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The ambience of the Koenigsegg cabin is one of luxury combined with technology. Rich materials (leather, alcantara, carbon fibre, aluminium, and glass) combine with traditional artisan craftsmanship and modern convenience to provide a truly beautiful place to drive without compromise. The cabin is modern and elegant, yet easily switches between relaxed cruising and high-performance track work.
Images by Philipp Rupprecht
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