Heralding a new era of hypercar grandeur, the Koenigsegg Gemera, a four-seat plug-in hybrid marvel, has undergone a significant upgrade that places it firmly in the realm of automotive legends. Lauded as the most powerful road car currently available, the Gemera’s latest enhancements encompass a high-octane five-liter V8 engine and a state-of-the-art electric motor.
The V8 engine, a compact powerhouse renowned for its superb power-to-size ratio, propels the Gemera with a staggering 1520 horsepower. This engine, borrowed from the Jesko model, has been innovatively redesigned, situating the exhaust manifolds and turbochargers within the engine’s V configuration, thereby reducing its overall size. Paired with a new electric motor, dubbed “Dark Matter” by Koenigsegg, an additional 815 horsepower is generated, culminating in a total output of 2335 horsepower. This fusion of technologies maintains an impressive peak torque of 2750 N.m, all the while utilizing E85 fuel.
However, these high-performance upgrades come at a premium. Customers wishing to infuse their Gemera with this potent V8 power can expect to add an additional $400,000 to the base purchase price of $1.7 million.
The Gemera’s enhancements are not limited to its engine. The car now features traditional rear-view mirrors, replacing the initial camera concept, to comply with regulations in certain markets, notably the United States. Furthermore, the previous trio of electric motors has been substituted with the new singular “Dark Matter” motor.
With production slated to commence in 2024, Koenigsegg anticipates that the first units, from a limited run of 300, will be delivered to customers in 2025.
The Gemera’s story began in March 2020, when it was introduced to the world as the first four-seater hypercar, and the inaugural four-seater model from Koenigsegg. The initial engine, the Tiny Friendly Giant (TFG), was a three-cylinder, two-turbo marvel that charged the batteries and drove the front wheels.
The Gemera’s previous iteration featured three electric motors, one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft, producing a combined 1,100 horsepower of electric power. With the addition of the TFG engine, the total power output was 1,700 horsepower and a torque of 3,500 N⋅m. These figures were achieved when running on E85 fuel, although the engine was also capable of running on a variety of other fuels.
The Gemera has always been on the forefront of range capabilities. Initially, it offered a 50 km range on a 54 MJ battery pack, which extended to 1,000 km in hybrid mode.
The updated Gemera has been unveiled with a plethora of other features that highlight Koenigsegg’s dedication to innovation and luxury. It boasts standard forged aluminum center lock wheels and optional Aircore carbon fiber wheels. It also features all-wheel steering and torque vectoring, a titanium exhaust system manufactured by Akrapovič, and a carbon fiber monocoque chassis with aluminum sub-structures.
The Gemera’s design is defined by its dihedral doors and a B-pillar-less structure, providing easy access to the leather-upholstered four-seater cabin. Inside, passengers are treated to a myriad of amenities, including heated and cooled cup-holders, driver assistance systems, four touchscreens, an infotainment system for both front and rear passengers, wireless phone chargers, a three-zone climate system, electrically adjustable seats, and a premium audio system with 11 speakers.
As Koenigsegg continues to expand its operations, the Gemera will be built in a new, state-of-the-art factory, equipped with a high-tech production & assembly line, a customer lounge, event spaces, offices, and additional warehousing and pre-production spaces.
When it comes to performance, the Gemera sets an impressive benchmark with a claimed top speed of 400 km/h (249 mph). It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in a mere 1.9 seconds, and in electric mode, it can reach speeds of 300 km/h (186 mph).
The Koenigsegg Gemera is a testament to the potential of hybrid power and innovative design, blending raw power with luxurious comfort and groundbreaking technology. With its recent upgrades, the Gemera has cemented its position as one of the most powerful and desirable cars on the planet.