The Bugatti Chiron, the Hennessey Venom F5, the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The over-1,000-horsepower club has always belonged to two-seater supercars. That changed this year. Koenigsegg just rocked the supercar world by unveiling the Gemera at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, and the Gemera is freakin’ nuts.
If this were just your average two-seater hypercar, it’d be amazing enough. But Gemera is Swedish for “give more”, and, oh baby, they are giving you more.
More seats, this thing seats four big adults comfortably, and plus, every seat is the same! You get the same ride whether you’re up front or riding in back. More space, it’s got room for your luggage and golf clubs. More screens, it’s got an LCD dash, a huge center-mounted display for ICE. It’s got displays instead of mirrors, it’s got displays in the steering wheel instead of buttons. The Gemera has more TVs in it than a crappy sports bar. More cupholders? Yup. It has eight cupholders, each person gets two! One heated and one cooled. That is the peak of luxury, baby.
Now, what it doesn’t have, is more doors. That doesn’t mean you have to fold the seats forward to get in. That just wouldn’t fit the level of luxury the clever Swedes at Koenigsegg are going for here. No, rather than add an extra door, they just made their signature “dihedral synchro-helix actuation system“. Good luck trying to pronounce that. Holy hell. Anyway, they made these really-hard-to-say doors way longer. They’re massive! You’ll make a joke of any Lambo at the local cars and coffee when these giant wings unfold.
So it’s mega-roomy, it’s mega-luxurious, it’s got-mega doors. And don’t forget, it’s a Koenigsegg, captains of the most powerful engines known to mankind. And they’re always a V8! From the original Koenigsegg CC’s 655-horsepower V8, to the monstrous 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in the Jesko, putting down nearly 1300 horsepower and shifting through nine gears.
So, what massively powerful V8 drives their newest and most powerful baby? Well, it’s actually a 3-cylinder! Three! 1,700 horsepower from a trio of pistons? That’s like… quick math… I don’t know, a lot of power per piston!
Yes, the newest supercar sensation is running a tiny little 2-liter 3-cylinder. They call it the “Tiny Friendly Giant“, or “TFG” for short. Aw, that’s cute… and powerful! I mean, it does have a couple of turbos pushing it to a respectable 600 horsepower. That’s pretty good for what is essentially a motorcycle engine. But the lionshare of the power is generated by a set of three electric motors generating an additional 1,100 horsepower.
The Practical Koenigsegg
Put it all together and you’ve got one swift Swedish sedan. Or coupe? Whatever it is, it’s cracking freeway speeds in under 2 seconds, and cruising in complete silence at 211 miles per hour. And you can keep going for a little over 600 miles. It’s honestly their most reasonable, economical model yet.
And what’s even more reasonable is they’re planning on making 300 of them! That may sound like a very limited production but we’re talking about Koenigsegg here, a company that makes a handful of each model car. The Gemera is actually their largest production run yet.
There’s been no price announced, but expect around a million bucks. Give or take a half million or so. We can’t wait to see these things hit the road, and the inevitable drag races, burnouts, and fly-bys.