This is the new Koenigsegg Gemera, and it is a family car. Indeed, we know this because it has four seats, hot and cold cupholders, front- and rear-seat infotainment, wireless phone charging, and the ability to store four adults’ carry-on luggage.
Also, this is the new Koenigsegg Gemera, and it is absolutely mind-blowingly nuts. It has 1,700hp, 3,494Nm of torque, the ability to go from 0-100kph in 1.9sec, and a top speed of up to 400kph+ achieved in “record-matching pace.”
What else would you expect from Koenigsegg? Boss Christian von Koenigsegg himself describes the new Gemera as “a completely new category of car where extreme megacar meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness.”
Prepare, then, to have thine puny brains fried and served with a side of disbelief. The new Gemera features three electric motors—one on each rear wheel, and one on the crankshaft—that alone deliver 1,100hp simultaneously. In electric rear-drive mode, the Gemera can hit 300kph, and its 800V battery gives up to 50km of range.
To this, Koenigsegg has added something called a 2.0-liter twin-turbo three-cylinder ‘Freevalve’ internal combustion engine that drives the front wheels. It’s able to run on ethanol or CO2-neutral methanol, which makes it “at least as CO2-neutral as a pure electric car running on a ‘good’ electric source.” The ‘Freevalve’ bit? That’s Koenigsegg’s long-worked-on tech that ditches the cams from an internal combustion engine to better control valve timing, and thus, efficiency and power.
This little scrapper makes 600hp and 713Nm of torque on its own. Yes, Koenigsegg says it offers “a lighter, more efficient cradle-to-grave solution” compared to other combustion engines. But once more for those in the back: 600hp from a three-cylinder.
Koenigsegg says until those advanced fuels become more readily available, you can feed E85—or, even in the “worst case,” petrol—into the engine. In any case, that all adds up to the magic 1,700bhp figure, delivered via all-wheel drive and with all-wheel torque vectoring on offer.
Indeed, von Koenigsegg told Top Gear last year—when announcing a new hypercar with hybrid tech—that he wants to wring out every last ounce of efficiency from the internal combustion engine. “I think having a smaller battery pack and combining it with a CO2 neutral combustion engine is a very enticing, exciting, lightweight and sporty solution for a sports car,” he told us. Putting it ‘through the wall’, were his words.
Thing is, the Gemera could probably withstand actually going through a wall, because we’re told it features a “very strong carbon-fiber monocoque.” Other safety equipment comes in the form of six ‘smart’ airbags, traction control, stability control, ABS, and advanced driver assistance systems. Heck, there are even Isofix points in the rear seats.
Looks like a proper Koenigsegg, too, doesn’t it? The front takes inspiration from the very first ’Segg prototype (the CC), there’s the trademark fighter-jet wraparound winshield, a three-meter wheelbase with rear-wheel-steering, and really quite massive upwards-opening doors. ‘Koenigsegg Automated Twisted Synchrohelix Actuation Doors’ is the official description. Let’s just stick with Really Quite Massive Upwards-Opening Doors. Koenigsegg has ditched the B-pillars for easier ingress and egress, and to be honest, we’re still trying to work out the hows, the whys, the what-the-eff, and much more.
Only 300 will be built, and expect it to cost somewhere in the region of €1.7 million (around P96.5 million). A lot of money for a family car, you might think, but considering the performance and the fact it’s a Koenigsegg—the first-ever four-seat Koenigsegg —it’s not bad value.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.