Updated: Aug 6, 2020
The new Koenigsegg Gemera is entering new uncharted waters with a 1700bhp four-seat hybrid. To put the name into context, the name Gemera is Swedish for ‘to give more’. And this feat of design excellence certainly gives more in many ways.
Billed as the world’s first Mega-GT, this spacious feat of engineering offers speed, efficiency, and all of the amazing power that you’d expect from one of the world’s best hypercar makers.
Practicality and hypercars are rarely words that are spoken in the same sentence, but here it is, the most practical hypercar ever made by Swedish makers Koenigsegg. This is more than a step forward in terms of high-performance hypercar design. This is a complete game-changer.
The four-seater Koenigsegg Gemera sets out to seamlessly blend Koenigsegg’s signature power and design with a roomy interior that the company claims will hold four adults, and have room for additional items such as baggage.
While other hypercar manufacturers shift their eyes towards creating SUVs, Koenigsegg has decided to stay in the vein of their existing pure performance beasts and add extra seating.
So, for your consideration, here is the review of the Koenigsegg Gemera.
How Does the Gemera Stack-Up Under The Hood?
Added legroom is not one of the things that we’d usually be discussing with one the powerhouses produced by Christian von Koenigsegg, so we’ll skip that for now, and focus on the meaty performance stats.
First up, let’s look at the engine.
The Gemera has a hybrid engine, and it makes solid use of both elements. With the two elements of the drivetrain having amazing specs in their own right, neither feels like an afterthought. Every detail in this engine has been carefully considered and designed to perfection.
The combustion section of the drivetrain is made up of a 2.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. This may seem a little modest in comparison to other cars in this class, but great things can come in small packaging.
This little engine still manages to perform exceedingly well as it produces a pretty impressive 600bhp and 443lb ft of torque. It does this with the help of a pair of turbochargers and through the use of ‘free-valve’ technology which allows for independent control of the engine’s intake and exhaust valves.
The electric element of the hybrid consists of three high-power output electric motors. One motor for the crankshaft and the other two are for each of the rear wheels.
The combined output of the engine totals 1700bhp which puts it up there with the most powerful hybrids ever made.
The real question is, what does this do for the car’s ability to drive?
Well, it can drive. With the ability to go from 0-60mph is as little as 1.9 seconds, and with a top speed in the region of 250 mph, speed and power are definitely a major draw factor in the Koenigsegg Gemera.
Christian von Koenigsegg refers to the engine on this car as ‘the tiny, friendly giant’. And, just like the car’s Swedish name, the engine description matches the design perfectly.
The combustion engine can run on pure ethanol or C02-neutral methanol which would make the vehicle at least as carbon neutral as a pure electric vehicle. Of course, this type of fuel is not yet readily available. However, if neither ethanol or methanol are handy, then you can use E85 or regular petrol.
Koenigsegg claims that the fuel consumption of the Tiny Friendly Giant is actually 15-20% lower than that of other two-litre petrol engines with variable valve timings and direct injection.
The cold-start emissions are also said to be around 60% better in comparison to a traditional engine.
How Far Will the Koenigsegg Gemera go?
As with every electric and hybrid car, you need to know what the range of the battery is. The Koenigsegg Gemera has an 800V battery which is capable of delivering up to 186mph when in electric, rear-drive mode. The range of the battery is 31 miles.
But, obviously, being a hybrid, you can select when you want to make use of the electric and when you want to make use of the combustion engine and pick whichever suits the drive best.
With the option to use the as-yet hard-to-come-by petrol alternative, methanol fuel, it’s possible to make your combustion engine use more eco-friendly too.
How Much Does the Koenigsegg Gemera Cost?
The Koenigsegg Gemera was due to be unleashed to the world at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show back in March; however, given the global coronavirus pandemic, this was cancelled.
Instead, the Koenigsegg Gemera was launched online in tandem with the Koenigsegg Regera. .
You can watch the launch video here:
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There will only ever be 300 Koenigsegg Gemeras ever to be produced. With such a limited run, these are going to be hot property and are likely to get snapped up very quickly. So, you’ll need to move fast.
There is no definite set price as yet, but according to the BBC, this is set to be in the region of €1.7 million, or around USD 1.9 million.
To Give More
The amount of legroom in the Gemera is unprecedented. Never before has a supercar of this nature ever managed to provide comfortable seating for four adults. The car will seat four 2-metre tall adults without the need to even pull the front seats forward.
That’s a genuine four-seater, not a two-seater with backseats that only babies can sit on as with many other previous examples of high-performance four-seaters. This car will sit two fully grown adults in the back comfortably.
The boot has a reasonable amount of storage in it, so you’ll be able to carry your shopping back from the supermarket if you really want to waste your stunning hypercar on running errands.
Although not a traditional family saloon, this is a car that you could certainly fit your whole family or entourage in.
How Does the Koenigsegg Gemera Look?
If you’re spending close to 2 million dollars on a car, you will want it to look the part. There is no danger that the Koenigsegg Gemera doesn’t though.
The front of the vehicle takes its look directly from the very first Koenigsegg prototype that was made around 25 years ago.
The Gemera has the classic fighter-jet style wrap-around windshield, and upward-opening doors. The doors are enlarged to make room for the additional passengers to be able to get out of the rear of the vehicle.
There are no B pillars between the front and rear seats, so getting in and out of the vehicle is made especially easy. Exactly how the car manages to get away without these central support pillars while maintaining integrity is truly a work of engineering magic.
Driver Safety in the Koenigsegg Gemera
With the superfast acceleration and fierce top speeds, as a driver of a Koenigsegg Gemera, you’ll want to know that you’re going to be safe on the roads.
The vehicle has a full airbag system, a whole host of different driver aids, and a crash-resistant central monocoque.
Driving the Koenigsegg Gemera
Speed and comfort sit side-by-side in the well designed Koenigsegg Gemera.
With two infotainment screens, one in the centre and one in the back for the two rear passengers it is possible to keep tabs on what is going on and manage the in-car experience from anywhere in the vehicle.
There are memory foam heated seats to keep your comfortable, and warm on the colder days.
There are 11 speakers connected to the sound system, and there are a total of eight cup holders. You might think that’s a little bit excessive, but four of them are heated, and four of them will cool your drinks. There is no stone left unturned with the driving experience of this car.
Not only is the Koenigsegg Gemera built for speed, but it is also built for comfort.
The Verdict on the Koenigsegg Gemera
Previous supercars that have managed to squeeze in four people have included the Ferrari GTC4 Luzzo, which is capable of 208 mph, the Bentley Continental Supersports with a top speed of 209, and the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, with its top speed of 211.
None of those four-seaters stand up to the staggering 248+ mph on offer form the Koenigsegg Gemera.
The tiny two-litre, three-cylinder engine is amazing on its own, but when this is combined with the plug-in EV motors, the 1,700bhp really is something to boast about.
Nothing has been left out of the design of this car. Looks, drive, speed, comfort, and practicality all score very high.
If you have a cool two million dollars spare for your next car, this should definitely be a contender. Of course, unless you’re quick to get your order in, you’ll end up being someone who has to appreciate the impressive engineering from a distance, like the rest of us.