Why the Koenigsegg Gemera is the practical 1,700-hp hypercar

The thing with hypercars is that none of them could seat more than two people, including the driver. Call it selfishness or whatever, but whoever owns one has the right to feel so. Imagine more than a thousand horsepower at your disposal – that sure is something you might want to experience all to yourself.

But not all hypercar owners are like that. There are those who want to share the bliss with three more people, and that’s where the new Koenigsegg Gemera comes in. With 1,700 hp available on tap and four individual seats, we might as well be looking at the fastest, most practical vehicle on the planet.

Koenigsegg has been known to make exotic two-seater sports cars in its Swedish headquarters, with a production that never exceeded a hundred units per model. That’s about to change with the Gemera, however. Along with the planned 125 units of the Jesko, Koenigsegg plans to make 300 units of the Gemera. This makes it the newest hypercar to have the most number of passengers and production volume.

Unlike other Koenigseggs, the Gemera is a Grand Tourer, which means it’s destined to be comfortable even on long journeys. But with its power output, those long journeys might become shorter than expected, provided that the thoroughfares you’ll take won’t have speed limits.

“Ultimate performance has belonged to the world of two-seaters with very limited luggage space – until now,” said Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO of Koenigsegg. “The Gemera is a completely new category of car where extreme megacar meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness. We call it a Mega-GT.”

Speaking of power output, the Gemera produces a total of 1,700 horsepower and 3,500 Newton-meters of torque – incredible numbers, but I did mention it’s a hypercar, right? These numbers come from four sources. First, behind the four seats lies what Koenigsegg calls the Tiny Friendly Giant, which is a 2.0-liter, three-cylinder dry-sumped twin-turbo engine. The other three power sources are electric motors mounted on each rear wheel and at the front axle. The drivetrain layout allows the hypercar to have all-wheel steering, all-wheel drive, and all-wheel torque vectoring systems.

And yes, the Gemera is a hybrid hypercar, which draws electric power from an 800-volt battery. It can travel up to 50 km in pure electric mode while having the capability to reach 300 km/h without the need of burning fuel.

With these number laid out, the marque claims that the Gemera can go from 0-100 kilometers per hour in just 1.9 seconds, and isn’t far-fetched to believe that.

Along with the Gemera’s four seats, it also has four cupholders (two heated, two cooled), front and rear wireless phone chargers, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi connection, a three-zone climate system, electric seats, and a premium audio system with 11 speakers, among others.

In a world where hypercars compromise practicality for mind-blowing speed ratings, the Gemera exists to bridge that gap. It’s a great time to live, I reckon.

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