Jesko is named after Jesko von Koenigsegg, the father of company Founder and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg. Jesko von Koenigsegg was a key presence at Koenigsegg Automotive during its formative years. His considerable business acumen helped steer the company through many early challenges. Now retired and in his 80’s, Jesko von Koenigsegg and his wife, Brita, were on-hand at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to see his namesake vehicle introduced to the world.
Jesko – the all-new megacar from Koenigsegg – is powered by a newly designed, 1280hp, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that benefits from significant changes to the Agera engine it replaces.
At the core of the newly designed engine is the world’s lightest V8 crankshaft. Weighing just 12.5 kilos, Koenigsegg’s new flat-plane 180-degree crankshaft allows Jesko to produce more power, with greater efficiency, while achieving a higher 8500rpm limit.
The Koenigsegg Jesko features an all-new 9-speed, multiclutch transmission – the second transmission to be 100% designed and built in-house at Koenigsegg, following the Direct Drive system designed for the Regera.
The Koenigsegg Jesko was designed as the ultimate road-friendly track car. Koenigsegg re-engineered what was already a class-leading chassis, equipping it with a host of new technologies to make driving easier around town and much faster on the circuit.
At the core of every Koenigsegg is its carbon fibre monocoque. Jesko uses a new monocoque, designed with the experience of vehicles past but with the requirements of our future customers in mind. The new tub is 40mm longer and 22mm higher, which allows for more legroom, headroom, a more spacious cabin feel and a clearer view through the wrap-around windscreen.
The tub retains its industry-best torsional rigidity, at 65,000 Nm per degree. It’s also extremely strong and safe, with both the Agera RS and Regera passing crash tests for both EU and USA homologation in recent years. The monocoque is a carbon fibre and aluminium sandwich construction with integrated fuel tanks, rollover bars and reinforcement using Dyneema – the strongest fibre in the world
Jesko features aerodynamics designed with one goal in mind – blistering on-track performance. As Jesko is an all-new vehicle, Koenigsegg went back to the drawing board and designed an all-new rear wing, new front splitter and new rear diffuser. These form the core of an active aerodynamics and airflow package that maximises downforce while minimising drag. The signature, airplanelike wrap-around windscreen stays intact, albeit improved for visibility. The Koenigsegg wrap-around windscreen has always played a crucial role in the aerodynamic performance of Koenigsegg cars, as no other windscreen solution can offer the same drag efficiency and high-speed stability. It also reduces upper body lift and delivers high quality airflow to the rear wing.
Jesko is equipped with a full suite of creature comforts and a level of convenience more befitting a grand tourer than your typical track weapon. The simple push of a button on the elegant Koenigsegg remote control operates Autoskin, the pioneering body opening system first shown on the Regera. Minituarised hydraulics that were initially designed to operate aerodynamic systems now engage to open the car’s doors and hoods, allowing true touchless entry.
Koenigsegg’s signature dihedral synchro-helix door hinge has also been re-designed. It now opens slightly outwards and upwards compared to the original. This provides even more room for ingress and egress, and reduces the danger of scraping high curbs. The Autoskin system includes sensors to protect both automated doors from opening where an obstruction is detected.
The interior is swathed in luxury materials – leather, alcantara, carbon fibre, aluminium and glass.Jesko’s electrically operated seats can be finished in the customer’s choice of leather or alcantara, with an almost endless variety of colour and contrast options. The sport bucket seats are built around a carbon fibre seat shell, resulting in a seat that is both extremely light and comfortable. Controls for seat position and heating are available via the SmartCenter touchscreen. Drivers can find the perfect driving position by matching their seat position with the fully adjustable steering column and pedal box.
The ambience of the Koenigsegg cabin is one of luxury combined with technology. Rich materials combine with traditional artisan craftsmanship and modern convenience to provide a truly beautiful place to drive without compromise. The cabin is modern and elegant, yet easily switches between relaxed cruising and high-performance track work.
The cabin benefits from Koenigsegg’s new, larger monocoque, with increased legroom and headroom, greater rearward visibility and an even more airy feeling thanks to a larger curved windscreen.
That air of freedom is enhanced even further when the lightweight roof is removed, turning Jesko from a sleek, sporting coupe into a sun-loving roadster.