Hypercars, by definition, offer extreme levels of performance. Swedish company Koenigsegg, though, blends that kind of performance with more than a touch of unconventionality. Yes, hypercars like the Bugatti Divo can sprint at 200+ mph. But who else but Koenigsegg would make something like the four-seater Gemera? And as Doug DeMuro explains in his latest video, that’s not the only way the Koenigsegg Gemera flips the hypercar script.
The Koenigsegg Gemera is a hybrid hypercar that can carry a whole family
Technically, Koenigsegg bills the Gemera as a ‘Mega-GT,’ MotorTrend reports. And seeing as it can comfortably fit four adult passengers and their luggage, Hagerty reports, the appellation certainly has merit. But the seating arrangement is arguably the least impressive thing the Gemera offers.
Specifically, a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged three-cylinder engine dubbed ‘Tiny Friendly Giant’ that makes 600 hp on its own, Road & Track reports. And it makes that power in part thanks to the camshaft-less Freevalve technology. Plus, it can even run on biofuels and ethanol, R&T reports. And its exhaust tips exit out the sides of the rear window.
That TFG engine comes paired with three electric motors: one in front and two in the rear. Together they make 1700 hp and 2581 lb-ft and give the Koenigsegg Gemera AWD, The Drive reports. It’s enough to let the 4079-lb Gemera go 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds, Petrolicious reports. To hit 60 mph faster, you’d basically need a prepped dragstrip and racing tires.
Oh, and because it’s a hybrid, the Koenigsegg Gemera also has an onboard 15-kWh battery pack. That’s only enough capacity to give the hypercar a 31-mile range, Automobile reports. However, even in pure-electric mode, the Gemera can go up to 186 mph. The claimed top speed is 248 mph. Good thing that it comes standard with rear-wheel steering, too.
Watch as Doug DeMuro takes you through a pre-production Koenigsegg Gemera
As such, the Gemera Doug DeMuro spent some time with was a pre-production car. And sadly, he couldn’t drive it. But even so, the Koenigsegg Gemera has plenty of interesting quirks and features.
Firstly, although the Koenigsegg Gemera only has two doors, they’re extra-long ones that make getting in and out easy. Plus, they’re the trademark Koenigsegg dihedral synchrohelix actuation doors, which tilt vertically and outward. And as Doug DeMuro demonstrates, there’s enough legroom for four adults to sit comfortably. That room is due in part to the one-piece carbon-fiber seats.
Besides the seats, the chassis, the dashboard, the center console, the grab handles, and the steering wheel are also made out of carbon-fiber. And speaking of the steering wheel, the digital gauge cluster is mounted to it. But not to worry—as you turn the wheel, the display ‘pivots’ so it always appears to be upright. There’s also a spinning, levitating 360° camera on the dashboard, though it’s unclear if the production car will have it, Autoblog reports.
Like most cars do today, the Koenigsegg Gemera has a center touchscreen. This controls the infotainment, navigation, and various vehicle settings, such as the adaptive suspension. However, it also has smaller configurable touchscreens on the steering wheel instead of button-operated controls. Among the things the driver can control is the standard adaptive cruise control, a rarity among hypercars.
Another rarity is the cupholders. The Koenigsegg Gemera has eight of them, four pairs of heated and cooled ones. It also has a touchscreen for the rear passengers, as well as two door-mounted emergency glass-breaking tools. Interestingly, though, the Gemera’s windows don’t roll down. Instead, they’re split into two parts, and only the lower half rolls down.
You’ll need to bring a lot of cash to get the experience
Koenigsegg intends to start Gemera production by 2022, The Drive reports. And indeed, Doug DeMuro mentions that the company is still tweaking things, such as making door-trim panels thinner for easier entry. But getting one won’t be easy.
Koenigsegg only plans to make 300 Gemeras. And while the automaker hasn’t released official pricing, Top Gear estimates it will cost roughly the equivalent of $2 million.
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