Koenigsegg returns to Australia with the country’s most expensive car

Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg has opened an outlet in Victoria to sell its $3.5 million Jesko and $2.38 million Gemera.

After previous launch attempts, the Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg is preparing to re-enter the Australian market ready to sell its million dollar range of exotic cars to Australian customers.

Now sold by specialist car dealership Sullivan Kerr in the suburb of Sandringham, Victoria, Koenigsegg cars now have a specific home in a repurposed World War II munitions factory.

This comes after the brand was first introduced in the country in 2008 with demo versions of the CCR and CCX. These two cars, black and orange respectively, are still in Australia.

But Sullivan Kerr is focusing on the new line of hypercars which includes the Koenigsegg Jesko hypercar and the four-seater Gemera hyper grand tourer.

Priced at €2.34 million (AU3.5 million) and €1.6 million (AU2.38 million) before Australian taxes respectively, the two Swedish hypercars can be customized with all sorts of finishes. and bespoke modifications straight from the factory in Angelholm, Sweden.

Somewhat odd for an Australian new car dealership, prices are quoted in euros to account for currency fluctuations while the cars are being built, according to Sullivan Kerr. No tax is applied to the above price, which means luxury car tax, GST, import tax and stamp duty still need to be applied once the cars arrive.

The low-drag Jesko Absolut is the high-speed version and uses aero fins in place of Jesko’s gigantic high-downforce rear wing, but will cost €3.1 million (A$4.62 million). ) before the application of Australian taxes. Once taxes are applied, it is likely that the Jesko will be the most expensive vehicle on the Australian new car market.

High demand for the Jesko means the Australian allocation of three is now sold out – you couldn’t buy one even if you could afford it.

One of the 125 Jesko is powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that delivers 955 kW/1500 Nm to the rear wheels.

This powertrain is mated to a nine-speed “Light Speed” transmission developed by Koenigsegg. In fact, according to the brand, every component used in the car is made by Koenigsegg itself – with the exception of the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

Company founder Christian von Koenigsegg has previously said the Jesko Absolut will be the fastest car the manufacturer has ever built, estimating a theoretical top speed of 330 mph (565 km/h) under the right conditions.

Suppose, however, that you have a family to transport. Koenigsegg has you covered in that department, too, with perhaps a more interesting vehicle than the Jesko: the Gemera four-seat plug-in hybrid grand tourer.

It uses a twin-turbocharged 2.0-litre three-cylinder engine mated to three electric motors – one to the crankshaft providing power to the front wheels and one to each rear wheel.

The petrol engine is nicknamed the “Tiny Friendly Giant” for its tiny 70kg weight, and is so small thanks to its camless piston design – a first for a production car. The combined outputs amount to 1268 kW / 3500 Nm, which is sent through a Koenigsegg Direct Drive transmission at single speed to all four wheels.

According to Koenigsegg, it can sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 1.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 400 km/h. It can also travel 50km in all-electric mode thanks to a 15kWh battery.

It is limited to 300 copies worldwide, of which “a small handful” are available to Australian customers.

Koenigsegg has shipped two sample mock-ups from Jesko Absolut and Gemera to Melbourne ahead of the dealership launch.

Talk to Conduct At the launch of the Koenigsegg dealership, Sullivan Kerr managing director Andrew Kerr said the time was right to reintroduce the brand to Australia.

“The exclusivity of [Koenigsegg] is very appealing to people,” Kerr says.

“Ferraris, and all that kind of stuff is [still desirable] but there are more than before. People are ready to take the next step into a new market.

“What Koenigsegg offers in terms of everything being in-house, there’s really nothing else from a product perspective that comes close. It’s a good draw card.

“We hope to see the first Jesko in March or April 2023, pending specifications.”

According to Kerr, the sky is the limit in terms of customization. Any number of exotic materials can be used to upholster the car, while Koenigsegg can color to sample any shade or finish for the interior or exterior.

“Obviously if our customers want crazy customization, or even something like exposed carbon, that can blow the 1000 hour production.”

In terms of after-sales service, Sullivan Kerr will set up a stand-alone facility to service the cars in the Australasian region, also encompassing the few Koenigseggs currently in New Zealand.

It will be 2024 when the first Gemeras arrive on Australian soil.

Tom started out in the automotive industry exploiting his talents as a photographer, but quickly learned that journalists got the best out of the business. He started with CarAdvice in 2014, left in 2017 to join Bauer Media titles including Wheels and WhichCar, then returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 as it transitioned to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews, tips and has a particular interest in feature films. He understands that every car shopper is unique and has different requirements when it comes to buying a new car, but there’s also a loyal subset of the Drive audience who enjoy entertaining enthusiast content. Tom has a deep respect for all things automotive, regardless of model, priding himself on noticing the subtle things that make every car tick. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t learn something new in an ever-changing industry, which then gets passed on to the Drive reader base.

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