Koenigsegg unveiled the Gemera, a four-seater hypercar with a 1,700 hp 3-cylinder engine, complemented by three electric motors, more than three years ago. The arena of electric hypercars has since seen a surge, with models such as the Lotus Evija sporting outputs of up to 2,000 hp. Koenigsegg is set to answer this new wave of electric hypercars with a reliable V-8 engine.
Slated for production in late 2024, the Gemera will incorporate a V-8 engine, supported by a hybrid system, capable of a combined output of 2,300 hp when utilizing E85 fuel. This announcement was made on Monday, coinciding with the completion of the Gripen Atelier, a significant expansion of the company’s Ängelholm, Sweden headquarters.
CEO and founder of Koenigsegg, Christian von Koenigsegg, expressed his excitement about the Gripen Atelier inauguration and the client-specific Gemera. He emphasized that the numerous upgrades and improvements in the new Gemera set fresh industry standards.
The initial version of the Gemera was equipped with a 2.0-liter turbo-3 engine, paired with three electric motors and the company’s Direct Drive, a technology replacing the traditional transmission by using hydraulic coupling to link the engine to the drivetrain. The Direct Drive first appeared in the Koenigsegg Regera hypercar.
Post the Gemera’s introduction, Koenigsegg developed the compact 9-speed Light Speed Transmission that can switch gears without sequentially going through each one. This system eliminates the need for a flywheel and clutch, improving the driving experience.
The Gemera will now be equipped with the Light Speed Transmission, first introduced in the Jesko hypercar. Its turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8 is the alternative option to the Gemera’s standard inline-3. The estimated price for this upgrade is a hefty $400,000.
Accommodating the Light Speed Transmission and V-8 into the Gemera required several modifications due to the vehicle’s compact design, which includes four seats, a four-wheel-drive, and space for four carry-on suitcases. The V-8 engine adopted the Hot-V design, moving exhaust pipes to the top of the engine, and the transmission was designed to partly “wrap” around the engine. This setup is known as the Light Speed Tourbillon Transmission, named after the tourbillon mechanism found in luxury watches.
The revisions to the Gemera didn’t stop there. Koenigsegg has since crafted a more robust version of its electric motor, the 800 hp Dark Matter, significantly more powerful than the previous 335 hp Quark motor. This change resulted in a lighter and smaller powertrain, as only one Dark Matter motor is needed in contrast to the three Quark motors.
The standard 2.0-liter turbo-3 outputs a maximum of 600 hp, which, when paired with the 800-hp Dark Matter motor, results in a combined 1,400 hp. The V-8 engine option, which alone produces 1,500 hp, can deliver a total of 2,300 hp in conjunction with the Dark Matter motor.
With the initial 1,700-hp output, the Gemera was expected to hit 0-62 mph in 1.9 seconds and reach top speeds of 248 mph. However, with the new V-8 option, Koenigsegg anticipates even better acceleration and performance, though precise figures have not been provided.
Further modifications to the Gemera include replacing camera-based mirrors with conventional side mirrors to comply with U.S. regulations. The car will also come with the company’s high-downforce Ghost Package. Only 300 units of the Gemera will be produced, which have likely all been purchased already.
Update: This text includes updated information provided by Koenigsegg.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Koenigsegg Gemera
What is the new feature in the Koenigsegg Gemera?
The Koenigsegg Gemera will be offered with a V-8 engine that, when paired with a hybrid system, can boast a combined output of 2,300 hp when running on E85 fuel. This update was announced along with the completion of a major plant expansion at Koenigsegg’s headquarters in Ängelholm, Sweden.
What is the Light Speed Transmission featured in the Koenigsegg Gemera?
The Light Speed Transmission is a compact 9-speed transmission system that can change gears without having to shift through each individual gear between the current gear and the desired gear. This system also eliminates the need for a flywheel and clutch, providing an elevated driving experience.
What electric motor will the Koenigsegg Gemera use?
The Koenigsegg Gemera will use the Dark Matter motor, a more powerful version of Koenigsegg’s electric motor. This unit can develop up to 800 hp, making the powertrain lighter and smaller than before.
What is the expected performance of the Koenigsegg Gemera with the new V-8 engine?
Although exact figures have not been provided, with the new V-8 option, Koenigsegg anticipates the Gemera’s acceleration and performance will be significantly improved from the previously announced 0-62 mph acceleration in 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 248 mph.
How many units of the Koenigsegg Gemera will be produced?
Production of the Koenigsegg Gemera will be limited to 300 units.
More about Koenigsegg Gemera
- Koenigsegg Official Website
- Detailed Review of the Koenigsegg Gemera
- An Overview of Electric Hypercars
- The Future of Koenigsegg