Theoretically, the car can reach speeds up to 330 mph.
It seems like the incredible Koenigsegg Jesko made its debut a long time ago. It debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2019, followed a year later by the top-speed-focused Jesko Absolut. Since then, the globe has seen a worldwide epidemic, significant supply chain disruptions due to technology shortages, financial turmoil, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It may seem like a lifetime ago, but the Jesko Absolut is still alive and well.
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That is to say, it is more than a display vehicle. Koenigsegg has revealed fresh photographs of the first pre-production Jesko Absolut, which is finished in Graphite Grey and with orange striping. It will serve as the primary test vehicle for the Jesko Absolut programme, and it will be powered by the same twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V8 and nine-speed gearbox as the normal Jesko. That is, if you can call any Jesko standard.
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“The Absolut feels very natural to drive. Because of its seamless shifting, whether up or down, everything just happens much faster,” said Koenigsegg Test Driver Markus Lundh. “There are no delays, it is very responsive and behaves exactly the way you would want it to. We spent thousands of hours in CFD calculations. We’ve streamlined this car from not just an aerodynamic and design perspective, but also from a high-speed stability perspective. As a result, the Jesko Absolut has a phenomenally low drag of only 0.278 Cd.”
The purpose of all that development is to create what could be the fastest production car in the world. The Jesko’s boosted V8 engine makes 1,600 horsepower (1,193 kilowatts) when running on E85 fuel. Combined with the aerodynamic changes and the nine-speed’s gearing, the Jesko Absolut has a theoretical top speed of around 330 mph. Company founder Christian von Koenigsegg has already said it will be the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever build, now or in the future.
If 330 mph is accurate, it would easily elevate it beyond the 282.9 mph average top speed achieved by the current official production car record holder, the SSC Tuatara. It would also easily eclipse the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ unofficial speed of 304 mph. Bugatti is the first automaker to break the 300-mph barrier in a production car, however, it’s all unofficial because the speed was attained in just a single direction versus an average in opposite directions. Making back-to-back runs in opposition directions negates any possible wind or elevation influence on a vehicle’s straight-line performance.