It is. Very. I mean, that’s kind of the point. Koenigsegg – Swedish maker of very fast and now very practical things – says the ‘Absolut’ version of the Jesko is the fastest car it will ever build. Which means it’s probably one of the fastest “series-production road car[s]” that will ever exist.
STORY Tom Harrison
Just how FAST are we talking?
Ah see that’s the thing – nobody knows. Koenigsegg itself presumably has a pretty good idea. Company boss and founder Christian von Koenigsegg tells us his company’s simulations “say [the Absolut] will go way past our target of 500km/h, the limit is tyres, location and sanity”.
He describes the car as “a land-based rocket-ship determined to reach unheard-of speed in record-setting pace”, and says it could attempt to beat That Other Car From Molsheim’s record in “a year or two”.
What makes it so FAST?
The engine, mainly – a biturbo V8 that revs to 8,500rpm and makes at least 1,600hp on E85. Then there’s the aero. This thing has a drag coefficient of just 0.278Cd thanks to fared-in rear-wheels, lowered ride height, closed-off front air ducts and the glaring lack of a massive rear-wing.
Pity you’ll never see one alongside a ‘standard’ Jesko to compare.
Oh, would you look at that.
How convenient. Now you can see what Koenigsegg has done to transform the Jesko from a track car into a slippery speed-record contender. See the lack of wing, the slightly altered rear bodywork and Jag XJR9-style rear-wheels?
Little things that make a big difference, potentially adding up to a top speed well in excess of 480km/h.
Bet they sold out FAST.
Well the normal Jesko did – 83 of the 125 scheduled for build were sold by the time it debuted at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, and the remaining cars were snapped up within five days. Koenigsegg hasn’t told us how many Absolut-spec Jeskos it will build, nor how much they will cost.
However we’re led to believe customers “will be able to choose between the track-orientated Jesko and the Jesko Absolut”, meaning the obscenely wealthy will not simply be able to buy one of each.
Will it work on the road?
Koenigsegg says yes. Though nobody, no matter how rich, will want to use one of these things as a daily runabout. A new front suspension design means there’s more space for luggage, while the softer suspension (more suited to high-speed driving) means it ought to be more comfortable. See, it’s a win-win.