With a new special edition Lamborghini or one-off Ferrari coming out seemingly every five seconds, it can be hard to keep track of everything going on in the upper echelon of our hobby and even easy to become a bit jaded. However, when Koenigsegg has something new, I pay attention. The production version of the Koenigsegg Gemera grand tourer has been reportedly unveiled at a private event and the Koenigsegg Registry reports that it will come with a second engine option.
While the standard three-cylinder hybrid powertrain pumps out 1,700 horsepower [Editor’s Note: Seeing the words “three cylinder” by the number “1,700 hp” makes me feel funny in the netherwhatsits – JT], ticking the box for the twin-turbocharged V8 makes the Gemera good for 2,300 horsepower on E85. It almost sounds like a fake number, something so astronomical that it cannot possibly be correct, but it actually tracks. Koenigsegg’s Tiny Friendly Giant turbocharged triple that comes standard in the Gemera is rated for 600 horsepower and when combined with three electric motors, total system output is 1,700 horsepower. Koenigsegg built its name on ludicrously potent V8s with four figures of power, so a combined system output of 2,300 horsepower makes sense, as absurd as that sounds.
Granted, such absurd power does come with absurd cost. To get the V8 upgrade, you’re reportedly looking at a premium of $400,000 over a standard Gemera, or $666.66 per extra pony. Nice. Oh, and the V8 comes attached to Koenigsegg’s Light Speed Transmission, a nine-speed affair that simulates a gated manual with a clutch in the CC850.
While the V8 is certainly a flex, Koenigsegg touts a cruising range of 621 miles with the three-cylinder engine plus an all-electric range of 30 miles, which sounds a lot more usable than 2,300 horsepower. Then again, “usable” isn’t an adjective normally used to describe a seven-figure hyperexotic, but this is Koenigsegg we’re talking about. Nothing it makes is conventional.
Another noteworthy change coming to the Koenigsegg Gemera is the use of actual mirrors instead of cameras. While this is due to U.S. regulations not permitting the use of side-view camera mirrors, it’s worth celebrating because camera mirrors are invariably terrible. Also available on the production car is the Ghost Package, an aggressive aerodynamic kit with a huge rear wing, larger front spoiler, extra ducting, and other bits that has the side effect of completely deleting the frunk. While I’m sure this package will pay dividends on track, the Gemera is so attractive without the extra adornment that going full aggro will only be for the brave few.
As weird as it sounds, the Gemera will be the closest thing in existence to a mass-produced Koenigsegg. The brand plans to build 300 of these insane grand tourers in an expanded factory, which means you might actually see one in real life outside the confines of exotic car shows. First deliveries are expected in 2025, and you best believe that I’m stoked to hear tales of these things out in the wild.
(Photo credits: Koenigsegg)
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