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Koenigsegg Jesko stops in Vancouver on world tour

Simulations show Jesko should be able to surpass 480 km/h (about 300 mph)

Published: June 1, 2019, 10:30 PM
Updated: June 7, 2019, 3:11 AM

2020 Koenigsegg Jesko

The Koenigsegg Jesko, touted as the world’s fastest hypercar, made a stop in Canada before resuming its world tour.

2020 Koenigsegg Jesko

Jesko, named after company-founder Christian von Koenigsegg’s father, stopped off in Vancouver at Weissach Vancouver, Canada’s only authorized Koenigsegg dealer.

“We are delighted to bring the world-record Agera RS and Jesko to Vancouver. At Koenigsegg we strive to produce cars that are at the limit of what mankind can achieve in terms of significant performance,” said Tariq Ali, director of sales for Koenigsegg Americas and the UK. “With our partner Weissach, we are happy to have a partner that shares the same philosophy and passion for our business, who has been taking the cars on the world tour.”

Koenigsegg Agera RS

The successor to the Agera RS was unveiled in March 2019 at the Geneva International Motor Show. According to simulations, the Jesko should be able to surpass 480 km/h (roughly 300 mph), making it the world’s first production car to achieve the milestone.

The Agera RS set the production car world speed record in November 2017, averaging 447 km/h (278 mph) over two runs, attaining 458 km/h (285 mph) on one of its runs. The Jesko is dimensionally taller and longer (by 30 mm and 40 mm, respectively) than the Agera, giving it more of a fighter jet look and providing a marginally bigger cabin with marginally bigger doors for easier entry and exit.

2020 Koenigsegg Jesko

“We adopted a ‘shrinkwrap’ approach to skinning this car, using crisp angles and lines to eliminate empty spaces and make the design as effective as possible. It’s new, but it’s also classic Koenigsegg,” says Joachim Nordwall, Koenigsegg’s design director.

Jesko is able to set such lofty performance aims thanks to its redesigned 5.0-litre twin-turbo V-8, making 1280 hp on unleaded gasoline and 1600 on E85 (85% ethanol in an ethanol/gasoline blend). But even more impressive is its 9-speed 7-clutch automatic transmission that performs lightning-quick shifts for seamless acceleration and deceleration.

2020 Koenigsegg Jesko

The other contributor to the high top speed and unparalleled acceleration is an advanced aerodynamic package that reportedly supplies 1,000 kg of downforce for the carbon-fibre intensive car

Koenigsegg is aiming to make one Jesko per week starting at the end of 2020, with a production run of 125. Available in Track or Top Speed variants, Jesko comes with a starting price of $2.8 million US.