The Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut was revealed earlier this week during the digital version of the Geneva Motor Show, but the owner and CEO, Christian von Koenigsegg was rather quiet about its prospective top speed. The 1,600bhp car was said to be the fastest car in the world, and the fastest car Koenigsegg will ever produce. But since then, he’s been a tad more outgoing about this particular figure.
It’s obviously faster than the Agera RS which currently holds the official world record of 277.87 from an average of two runs in opposite directions, but we don’t know exactly how much faster the car is. Road and Track pushed Christian on this subject, who admitted that simulations had the car hitting speeds faster than 330mph, thanks to a drag coefficient of only 0.278.
With a twin-turbo 5.0-litre V8 mated with the Swedish company’s new 9-speed gearbox, this car looks to be one hell of a competitor for the likes of Bugatti and Hennessey, especially as they describe the gearbox as being able to change gear “in virtually zero time from any gear to any other gear – regardless of how many gears are skipped.”
Of course, simulations are very different to real life, so we can only wait for the official testing and recording to confirm that it’s capable which, according to the company, will take place within a year.
Surprisingly, the car is theoretically able to perform these high speeds with standard tyres, unlike the Chiron. Michelin was very impressed during testing. “They didn’t believe their eyes. How kind our cars are to their tires.”
I don’t doubt for a second that Koenigsegg will dethrone the Chiron Super Sport, and as we’re still waiting to hear of anything from Hennessey in regards to their Venom F5, I don’t think we have anything to worry about there.