KOENIGSEGG’S FAMILY CAR IS EXACTLY AS DAFT AS YOU’D HOPE
When it comes to supercars, Koenigsegg is the maddest of the mad. While other manufacturers fight it out over incremental speed gains above the 200mph mark, Koenigsegg is pushing for numbers that begin with a three, and their supercars are always insanely powerful. The Regera, for example, is a model they unveiled five years ago, boasting 1,797bhp and a top speed which is electronically limited to 255mph. So now they’ve had a go at making a sensible family car for 2020; it’s perhaps unsurprising that it’s not all that sensible.
Yes, the new Gemera is a spacious four-seater with plenty of luggage space, Isofix points, front and rear infotainment, wireless phone charging, and even heated and cooled cupholders… but it’s still a Koenigsegg. They describe it as a ‘Mega GT’, and that pretty much sums it up: this thing has 1,700bhp, 2,580lb. ft, a 250mph v-max, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in an eye-watering 1.9-seconds. What’s even more nuts is that the power comes from a bizarre camless three-cylinder engine (2.0-litres, twin turbos), along with three massive electric motors – one on each rear wheel and another on the crankshaft. The engine alone provides 600bhp (from a three-cylinder!) and can run on CO2neutral methanol, which means that the Gemera is better for the environment than any Prius. So forget that Qashqai you’ve been eyeing up – get yourself a ludicrous missile with synchro-helix doors and more power than a collapsing sun. That’s the future.