BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Usually hyper or mega cars are designed and built around enthusiastic drivers. It’s a tried and tested formula that not many have seriously considered changing. Perhaps the creators think it’s appropriate just to go with the flow.
But not with Christian von Koenigsegg, Sweden-based boutique hypercar maker. Koenigsegg had planned to entice the Geneva crowd with his latest creations including the world debut of 4-seater Koenigsegg Gemera.
The low-slung new Koenigsegg is the world’s first Mega-GT according to its creator. Christian von Koenigsegg describes the Gemera limited to 300 unit production as an extreme megacar that meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness.
“Ultimate performance has belonged to the world of two-seaters with very limited luggage space – until now”, says CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg. “The Gemera is a completely new category of car where extreme megacar meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness. We call it a Mega-GT.”
Christian von Koenigsegg is well-known in the niche car circles for his passion to create the ultimate performance car. He’s being at it for almost a quarter of a century and perhaps finds solace in the fact that he has been able to marry two very specific requirements in a performance car.
The development focus of the Gemera was to use it as family car in comfort, style and safety with never-before-experienced performance.
Gemera uses three electric motors – one for each rear wheel and one on the crankshaft of the engine (they have a combined output of 1,100 bhp). Then comes 600 bhp and 600 Nm from the 2-litre 3-cylinder dry-sumped twin-turbo Freevalve engine, named the Tiny Friendly Giant (or TFG for short). Gemera’s performance from 0 to 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds and top speed of 400 km/h is pretty impressive on all accounts as it outclasses most rivals – electric or ICE.
The Gemera uses carbon fibre monocoque architecture and gets six airbags, stability control, TC, ABS and an ADAS 2.5 assistant system. There’s all-wheel steering with torque vectoring for enhanced handling performance.
The car is loaded with every day usability and creature comforts like cup holders, central infotainment displays, front and rear wireless phone chargers, Apple CarPlay, on-board internet and Wi-Fi.