Koenigsegg has gotten into a habit of taking the world by surprise each time it has a new car in the works. This time, the car is Koenigsegg Jesko, and it features an incredible seven-clutch nine-speed transmission.
Koenigsegg is touting the Jesko, which is named after company founder Christian Von Koenigsegg’s father, as a replacement of the mighty Agera RS which cemented its place as one of the most extreme hypercars on the planet before signing off from production a few years ago.
The Koenigsegg Jesko is perfectly capable of taking up the Agera RS's mantle and raising teh bar higher for its successor.
It is difficult to begin talking about the Koenigsegg Jesko, but we have to start somewhere. Let’s tackle the engine first. Under the Jesko’s hood sits a 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that belts out 1,600hp and 1,500Nm. Of course, most hypercars nowadays make about the same power, but the Jesko steps it up a notch with its flexibility. You can fill up the Swedish hypercar with regular fuel, race fuel, and even E85. Jesko pumps out 1,600 horses courtesy of E85.
Regular fuel brings the output down to 1,280hp, which is still insane, even by hypercar standards. Koenigsegg has also an air tank and compressor to the car that provide a 20-bar air shot within the turbocharger system for pre-spooling purposes. But that is not even the Koenigsegg Jesko’s outstanding feature. This car has to have the most unbelievable transmission on the planet today. The nine-speed gearbox is operated via seven clutches!
Yes, this is no typo. The Jesko indeed has a seven-clutch transmission which eliminates the shortcomings of a traditional dual-clutch gearbox. While it might seem counter-productive to have seven clutches do a job that could very well be handled by two, Koenigsegg has a valid reason to go for such an obscene number. Dual-clutch units only allow you to shift fast between adjacent gears. With Koenigsegg’s new gearbox, you can shift from seventh to fourth as quickly as you would to sixth.
If you aren't impressed by the Jesko's seven-clutch transmission, take a look at that massive spoiler and those dihedral synchro-helix doors.
Apart from the show-stopping new engine and gearbox, the Koenigsegg Jesko packs an array of advanced technology, lightweight materials, and creature comforts designed to make living with a 1,600hp hypercar easier. Koenigsegg doesn’t quote a top speed for Jesko, but there is already a more hardcore version called Jesko 300. Its claim to fame? The ability to clock 300mph. For more perspective, it can do north of 482kph. The future is well and truly here.