Koenigsegg’s $1.9 million Supercar Fits a Family of Four
Posted: March 22, 2020 by Josh Arnold
icture a supercar. Chances are, you’re envisioning something exotic, exclusive, expensive and built for speed. “Roomy” and “practical” are probably not two words you would immediately associate with a car that goes 248 mph. Gemera, Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg’s first four-seater, turns that view squarely on its head.
A New Category of Supercar
The limited edition Gemera unites supercar performance with the spacious interior of a family-friendly car and the ultimate in environmental consciousness. That’s right. It’s also a hybrid.
Now let that all sink in. A supercar that is family-friendly…and a hybrid… and has the ability to go from 0-62mph in 1.9s and up to 250mph in “record matching pace”? As TopGear reporter Vijay Pattni put it: “Prepare then, to have thine puny brains fried and served with a side of disbelief.”
“Ultimate performance has belonged to the world of two-seaters with very limited luggage space – until now”, says CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg. “The Gemera is a completely new category of car where extreme megacar meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness. We call it a Mega-GT.”
The Mega-GT hybrid car seats four large adults comfortably with space catering to their carry-on luggage, meaning the Gemera experience can be shared with family and friends. Despite being a four-seater, the vehicle easily outperforms most two-seat megacars, both combustion and electric. Still, the focus of the Gemera is taking on long-range public roads – family trips, in comfort, style and safety with never-before-experienced performance.
The Gemera features a two-liter, three-cylinder dry-dumped twin-turbo Freevalvengine as well as three plug-in electric motors – one on each rear wheel, and one on the crankshaft. The three combined are capable of producing 1,700bhp and 2,580lb ft of torque. Koenigsegg says that the car yields a combined output of 1100 bhp simultaneously, or 1400 bhp when counted individually. On top comes 699 bhp and 600 Nm. They’ve nicknamed the engine “Tiny Friendly Giant” or TFG for short.
The TFG is a progressive outlook on the powertrains of tomorrow. The TFG offers a lighter, more efficient cradle to grave solution compared to any combustion engine before it.
The Gemera, if plugged in and fill with second-generation ethanol or CO2 -neutral methanol like Volcanol or any mix thereof, becomes at least as CO2-neutral as a pure electric car running on “good” electric source. Before these seocond-genration renewable fuel sources are more accessible, the Gemera can also be driven on E85 and in worst case, normal petrol.
The car has a range of 590 miles when in hybrid mode.
The 3000 mm wheelbase gives unprecedented comfort and straight-line stability. The gearwheel steering makes sure that the Gemera corners with agility and can achieve a turning radius only seen in smaller cars. At high speed, the rear-wheel steering also gives better directional control.
The mix of all-wheel steering and all-wheel torque vectoring gives limitless tenability and adaptability of steering and driving feel, making it possible for the Gemera to be one of the most fun and safe cars on the planet, according to the brand.
“The Gemera is one of the safest megacars out there,” according to Koenigsegg, thanks to the car’s strong carbon fiber monocoque, six smart airbags, stability control, TC, ABS and ADAS 2.5 assistant system.
Mega Design and Creature Comforts
Signature Koenigsegg traits — like its wrap-around jet fighter inspired windshield, the hidden A-pillars, the simple shapes, the short overhangs and the large side air intakes — make the Gemera a design standout. Giant full-length automated actuation doors open wide, and are unhindered by the absence of B-pillars, thanks to a strong carbon monocoque. The door opens to reveal an impressive four-seater space that boasts equal ease of access, comfort and respect for both front and rear passengers.
Inside, the Gemera Mega-GT is no less impressive. Koenigsegg no doubt designed a supercar for everyday usability. Keep the kids (and the wife) entertained on long trips with front and rear seat central infotainment displays, plus front and rear wireless phone chargers, Apple CarPlay, On board internet and Wi-Fi, 11 speaker state of the art sound system, exterior and interior cameras and four reading lights. Other creature comforts include four cold and four warm cup holders (because…of course!), memory foam heated seats, electric front seats, three climate zones, Autoskin and more. It’s safe to say they thought of everything.
The Gemera will be produced in a limited run of just 300 cars, and the BBC reports that it will cost roughly $1.9 million each.