KOENIGSEGG’S FAM­ILY CAR IS EX­ACTLY AS DAFT AS YOU’D HOPE

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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.

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