Slated to be released at the now cancelled 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, the Koenigsegg Gemera is the probably one of the most exciting vehicles to be revealed this year. As the headline reads, the Gemera is a four-seater hybrid hypercar. What you see here is real and not a concept. Some 300 units are planned for production, each priced from US$1.7 million (AU$2.56 million), said the Angelholm-based marque.
In an interview with Top Gear, Christian von Koenigsegg said the idea for the Gemera goes as far back as 2003, but could never really get the idea off the ground as the technology was just not available to them at the time. But a couple years ago, the founder of the Swedish hypercar brand decided to go for it. The Gemera is said to accommodate four adults with enough room for their luggage and blistering performance numbers.
The Gemera, when it comes to power, does stray away from the usual Koenigsegg family recipe of employing fire-breathing V8’s that feed on flexi fuel. There was just one problem. Space. You can’t have four seats and room for luggage and still expect to fit a monstrous engine within the confines of the 3,000mm wheelbase.
The solution? Three electric motors, one on each of the rear wheels and one on the crankshaft of the internal combustion engine, which in this case is a 2.0-litre three-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine featuring the brand’s Freevalve camless technology. Helping things along and keeping the electric motors happy is an 800-volt, 16.6kWh battery pack that’s capable of 50km of range in EV mode.
But going back to that engine – which the company calls Tiny Friendly Giant (TFG) – is no bigger than an airline carry-on suitcase and weighs around 70kg. In naturally aspirated form, the dry-sump motor makes about 223kW of power. However, if a couple of turbochargers are applied to it, the power figure shoots up to 447kW with 600Nm of torque. The rear-mid mounted engine is connected to the front axle. Bizarre we know. Power flows via the Koenigsegg Direct Drive transmission which is basically the same single-gear torque converter unit taken from the Regera.
The combination of the performance three-cylinder engine and electric motors means this Koenigsegg is no slouch. Its total system output is rated at 1,268kW or 1.27MW if you’re feeling lucky. There is also 3,500Nm of torque on offer as well. These insane numbers mean the Gemera is propelled to 100 km/h from rest in just 1.9 seconds! The Swedes also claim a top speed of 400km/h. All in one single gear. Madness.
But, if you were to run the Gemera at sane highway speeds, it has a theoretical range of 950 km in Hybrid mode. Add the 50km of EV capable range and you have a total range of 1,000 km. There’s more. The marque says that although the car can be run on regular pump petrol, the Gemera is perfectly happy to be filled up with second-generation ethanol or CO2-neutral methanol or any mix thereof. When applied, the Gemera becomes as carbon neutral as an EV running on power from a “good electric source” such as renewable energy, claims the brand.
Looks wise, the Gemera, while different is also strangely identifiable as a Koenigsegg. “The design of the Gemera is inspired by the shape of an egg for the layout of the Gemera’s cabin, as it gives a sense of cocooning, protection, symmetry, and balance that we found perfectly suited to the interior of our four-seater megacar” says Head of Design, Sasha Selipanov. “All Koenigsegg models have the iconic wrap-around windshield and a very round cabin. However, it is with the addition of the rear row that the analogy with an egg is now complete. “
Another iconic feature of the brand are the doors. In previous models, the Swedes called their door system a dihedral synchro-helix actuation system, which looks great but the Gemera goes a step further. It’s called KATSAD, which stands for Koenigsegg, Automated Twisted Synchrohelix Actuation Door and since this four-seater only has two doors, as you can imagine, they’re massive and electrically operated of course.
Other exterior features include rear view cameras which replace side mirrors and reduces drag, air vents incorporated into the headlights and taillights which Koenigsegg says they’ve all been developed in-house. The Gemera sits on carbon fibre AirCore wheels which weigh less than 9kg each, and are wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S rubber measuring 295/30 ZR21 up front and 317/30 ZR22 out back. Optionally available are Michelin Cup R3 tyres.
The interior of the four-seater hyper GT is highly customisable says the brand. The seats have a carbon fibre core and is surrounded by memory foam and wrapped in a choice of Alcantara or leather. The four individual seats are heated and ventilated and have four-way adjustability. It has a 11-speaker stereo, front and rear 13-inch screens, wireless smartphone chargers, 4 heated and 4 cooled cup holders.
Koenigsegg also puts a large emphasis on safety with the addition of ADAS 2.5 assistant systems. Additionally, there are 6 smart airbags, stability control, traction control, ABS and all-wheel torque vectoring.
As mentioned in the onset, Koenigsegg are building 300 units worldwide, each priced from US$1.7 million or $2.56 million Australian dollars. Well-heeled enthusiasts can register their interest here.
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