The 2020 Geneva Motor Present that wasn’t did not cease a number of main automakers from debuting key new merchandise the week the consequential European auto present would have taken place. Koenigsegg might not qualify as a “main” automobile firm, nevertheless it certain is enjoyable to look at, and its first ever four-passenger car, the Gemera, actually lifted our spirits throughout the canceled Geneva present. How might a supercar with a 592-hp twin-turbocharged three-cylinder engine assisted by three electrical motors (for a complete of 1,677 horsepower!) not deliver a smile to your face?
Briefly, the Gemera is probably going to be insane, and after having had the possibility to talk with the person behind its design, we now know the way Koenigsegg arrived on the automobile’s surprisingly subdued look. Sasha Selipanov’s prolonged profession has seen stints at Volkswagen, Bugatti, and most lately, at Koenigsegg. The Gemera is among the first automobiles he labored on at his most up-to-date gig, and given its implausible mechanical specs, the styling is unconventional however hardly eyeball torching. That is not by chance, we realized.
“I are inclined to make aggressive wanting automobiles. They’ve a ton of ‘I wanna burn your village’ in them,” Selipanov says in reference to the best way he designs automobiles. However when it got here to the Gemera, firm founder Christian Von Koenigsegg requested him particularly to not burn down any villages (this time).
“There was a acutely aware effort, on my half, to not over-aggresify the face,” he stated when speaking in regards to the Gemera. “Finally, it’s an aquatic sort of being . . . Christian’s early automobiles have been very a lot dolphins. I attempted to not make this one right into a shark, however I believe some skarkiness ended up contaminating the dolphin DNA.”
Dolphins and sharks are fairly fast, and in that smooth gray paint we will see precisely what Selipanov speaking about—particularly within the Gemera’s profile view. He additionally talked about that the Gemera appears like a real Koenigsegg with its swept again windshield, deep set a-pillars, and sloping roofline. For an organization that is by no means designed a automobile with greater than two seats earlier than, Koenigsegg and particularly Selipanov did an amazing job making the long-ish, four-seat Gemera match into that lineage whereas conveying a sure whiff of a mature grand-tourer. So, now when any individual asks you why the Gemera’s styling is not as boundary pushing as its powertrain, you understand.