Production Koenigsegg Gemera Costs $2.1M With Optional 2,300 HP V8 From Jesko

Earlier today, company founder Christian von Koenigsegg got up on stage in Angelholm, Sweden, during a presentation held at the company’s expanded factory. The charismatic Swede introduced the production version of the Koenigsegg Gemera, which now allows buyers to almost triple the number of cylinders.

Back in 2020, the Swedish automaker introduced the Gemera in concept form, with this being its first four-seater and second hybrid, following the Gemera that just recently recaptured the 0-250-0 mph (0-400-0 km/h) world record from the Rimac Nevera EV. However, the first drivable Gemera prototype came in March 2022.

And now the unveiling of the production-spec Gemera brings a crucial addition in the form of an optional 5.0L V8 borrowed from the Jesko hypercar (here’s the first , which, together with the three electric motors of the four-seater, pushes the overall output to 2,300 PS (2,269 hp) and 2,750 Nm (2,083 lb-ft) of torque. This engine is offered as a $400,000 option (the same kind of money you’d pay for a Jesko’s naked carbon body), as we found out from Koenigsegg Registry (check out the Facebook post below).

That’s quite a change from the “base” spec Koenigsegg announced three years ago, which is still available, as per the official Koenigsegg website—featuring the company’s innovative Tiny Friendly Giant (TFG) 2.0L twin-turbocharged three-cylinder with the Freevalve (no camshafts) system, the “base” Regera makes 1,724 PS (1,700 hp) and 3,500 N⋅m (2,581 lb-ft) of torque.

In this TFG spec, the plug-in hybrid Gemera has an ICE-only range of 950 km (590 miles) and can drive on electric power alone up to 50 km (31 mile), thanks to an 800 V 15 kWh battery.

Interestingly, the official specs of the Gemera mention that the said TFG 2.0L turbo-three, which makes 600 hp on its own, is mid-mounted and powers the front axle together with an electric motor via a prop shaft, while each of the rear wheels gets one electric motor.

However, with the twin-turbo 5.0L V8 producing 1,625 PS (1,603 hp) on the Jesko, this can’t send all that power to the front wheels alone—note that all of the max outputs listed above involve the engines running on E85, but both the 2.0L TFG and the 5.0L V8 can run on anything between pure gasoline and E100.

And while that TFG setup involves a Hydracoup Direct Drive transmission, the V8 Gemera packs the 9-speed Light Speed Transmission from the Jesko, so the new engine is expected to power the rear wheels.

Koenigsegg Gemera starting price and options

Previously, multiple sources listed the Koenigsegg Gemera with a starting price of $1.7 million, which means the Gemera with the optional V8 costs at least $2.1 million.

Ready to spend something on top of that? No problem, the official unveiling of the production Koenigsegg Gemera brings another key option, namely the Ghost package including a larger front splitter, S-duct, rear wing, and other downforce additions.

Another change sees the Gemera receiving traditional side mirrors in lieu of the cameras present on the prototypes. This ensures the vehicle is street-legal across the world, as rear-view cameras are not currently legal in certain markets, North America included.

The Gemera won’t enter production until 2025

Right now, Koenigsegg still builds under 100 vehicles annually, which is a massive leap compared to what it did a decade ago. This is possible thanks to updates like the said factory expansion. This includes a brand-new assembly space, an experience center, offices, a showroom with a customer lounge, as well as extra offices and warehouses.

Even with the factory additions in place, Koenigsegg isn’t estimated to start building the 300 Gemera units it has announced before 2025.

The live photos in the gallery (lens tip to Koenigsegg UAE dealer Ahmed Abdelhady, aka @a_abdelhady22) allow us to sample the first colored Gemera spec—the gorgeous shapes you see here were penned by Sasha Selipanov, while that spacious and well-appointed interior was drawn by Etienne Salomé, whose latest yacht design we featured last fall.

Frankly, as uber-advanced as the TFG engine is, nothing can beat the sound and vibration of a V8, so letting customers choose seems like the best possible way. One could even argue that Koenigsegg’s surprise V8 introduction reflects a larger trend of the car industry, which seems to be less radical about retiring internal combustion engines than it was even a few years ago.

Update: Koenigsegg Gemera official production version details

Koenigsegg has officially released the details of the production Gemera, a four-seater hiding under the shape of a “normal” hypercar.

As showcased by the Gemera concept three years ago, the vehicle was conceived with three electric motors. However, for the production version, these have been replaced by the Dark Matter, a new Radial Flux E-Motor making 596 kW (800 hp) and 921 lb-ft (1,250 Nm) of torque as the automotive industry’s first six-phase electric motor.

The Dark Matter e-motor can be mixed with either the Tiny Friendly Giant 2.0L turbocharged three-cylinder engine of the concept or the newly introduced 5.0L twin-turbo V8 from the Jesko—the engine, which is officially dubbed HV8, had its exhaust and turbochargers repackaged as a hot-vee configuration, so it could fit the Gemera.

In addition, the Jesko’s bewildering Light Speed Transmission has been turned around—also for packaging—becoming the Light Speed Tourbillon Transmission (LSTT). Regardless of the engine choice, the Gemera offers all-wheel drive with four-wheel torque vectoring.

Koenigsegg explains the change helps the Gemera keep the weight in check. And the 0.77 hp/kg power-to-weight ratio covering the TFG configuration means that the three-cylinder Gemera weighs 2,200 kg (4,850 lbs). The figure checks out, since it puts is slightly above the carmaker’s first hybrid, namely the two-seater Regera launched in 2015.

You can check out the official presentation of the production Koenigsegg Gemera in the video below.

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