The 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera Packs Insane Technology Into Its 1700 HP Frame

The 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera is the family car of the elite. For starters, the Gemera comes with a roughly $1.7 million price tag. Yeesh. However, you’re getting a lot for your money. Well, supposing you have that kind of money. Although, if I did, I’d be writing a first drive review of my new 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera instead of this. Regardless, for that $1.7 million, you get some of the best technology the auto industry has to offer. Honestly, Christian von Koenigsegg, the company’s founder is a technological wizard. This is just a taste of the insane tech in the new Gemera megacar.

Why is a Koenigsegg so expensive?

A grey 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera sits on a runway at sunset with the driver's door sticking straight up into the air
Frankly, I could write a whole article on just the door hinges | Koenigsegg

So, with that in mind, let’s start with what you get for the money. First, you get 1700 hp from a three-cylinder engine (600hp) and an 800v battery (more on that later). As with any run-of-the-mill super sports car, you’ll also be getting rear-wheel steering and torque vectoring for each of those four wheels. Speaking of wheels, they’re made out of carbon fiber. That means the wheels are not only incredibly light but also impressively strong.

The 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera also comes with some fun party tricks, too. For instance, the car can also be opened up in “Ghost Mode.” Effectively, the rear hatch, doors, and frunk all open at once, displaying your 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera to amuse your billionaire friends. And of course, you’ll find plenty of carbon fiber on the inside. In fact, the entire car is made from Koenigsegg’s special carbon monocoque technology that’s built to be stronger and lighter than the rest. Now, about that motor.

Freevalve technology could change cars as we know them

My head is spinning after watching this | The Drive

Frankly, von Koenigsegg’s Freevalve company deserves a whole article. Freevalve tech is what makes the 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera work as well as it does. However, the how is a little complicated. Effectively, Wizard von Koenigsegg figured out how to make an engine run without camshafts or a timing belt. As a result, the overall package is significantly smaller. Watch the video above to see a size comparison. But, I can hear you asking, how does it move the valves?

Well, the 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera and its Freevalve tech use pneumatically articulated, computer-controlled intake and exhaust valves. Basically, what that means is that the Koenigsegg Gemera’s computer tells the valves how and when to stay open individually. von Koenigsegg says this means that the motor is now 45% more powerful than the same, cam-driven motor. The more programmable valve timing also means the motor improves emissions by 35%.

The 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera is a masterclass in technology

The chassis and driveline components, many of them carbon fiber, on the 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera
The mid-engine layout is key to the Gemera’s usability | Koenigsegg

So, in summary, you’re getting a car with 1700 hp, 30 miles of full-EV range, four adult-size seats, and a revolutionary powerplant for your $1.7 million hard-earned dollars. In other words, go buy a lottery ticket. I struggle to think of a development that’s as revolutionary to the combustion engine as Freevalve. If it pans out, it could mean enthusiast nerds like you and I get to keep our dirty petrol cars. And that’s something that excites me more than the 2021 Koenigsegg Gemera ever will.

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