The Koenigsegg Gemera Is a 1700-HP Hybrid With a Camless Three-Cylinder


Koenigsegg has always built two-seat super- and hypercars. But that’s now changing. This is the Koneigsegg Gemera, the Swedish company’s first four-seater. It’s a remarkable new direction for the brand.

The Gemera has a 2.0-liter twin-turbo three-cylinder with 600 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. And it doesn’t have camshafts. Yes, this tiny triple uses Koengisegg’s remarkable Freevalve technology. This is also a FlexFuel engine designed to run on renewable alcohol. It combines with a hybrid system for an astonishing 1700 horsepower and 2581 lb-ft of torque. Koenigsegg claims it’ll hit 62 mph in 1.9 seconds, which is bonkers.

“Electric cars are great, and it’s difficult to produce cells quickly enough for worldwide implementation,” said company founder Christian Von Koenigsegg. “This is a parallel track, where you get a lighter car, more performance, C02 neutral, basically emission free…if you fill it up on renewable alcohol and fill it up with electricity, you can be as C02 neutral and as environmentally friendly as a pure-electric car.”

This is also Koenigsegg’s first all-wheel drive car, with an electric motor driving the front axle. There’s a hydraulic clutch at each output shaft, which allows for torque vectoring across the axle. Each rear wheel has a 500-hp electric motor, too, because one is simply not enough.

“The chassis of this car is truly state of the art,” Koenigsegg said. “We can play with so many variables to make it steady as a freight train on the Autobahn, and agile around the corners around the track.” In addition to the torque vectoring, the Gemera offers rear-wheel steering for extra agility and stability.

Of course, the monocoque and bodywork are made entirely from carbon fiber. It will be a bit heavy though, which isn’t a surprise given the large interior, batteries and electric motors. Koenigsegg is aiming for around 4144 pounds.

The small engine allows for an interior that Koenigsegg says is as big as any GT car’s, plus two trunks for your luggage. Those swing-up doors allow for easy rear-seat ingress—and are fit with sensors so you don’t bonk them on your low garage ceiling—and the rear seats have child-seat anchor points. So you can bring your kids along. In your Koenigsegg.

Pricing hasn’t been announced yet, nor have production figures. Don’t expect it to be cheap, and do expect all to sell out.

By: Brian Silvestro, March 3, 2020
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