The Koenigsegg Gemera, which made its worldwide public debut last March, is a €1.5 million ($1.8 million) supercar with all of the fixings: a carbon fiber body, stunning dihedral doors, massive air vents, and a 0 to 60 mph spring time of less than 2 seconds.
But there’s a radical difference once you pop the hood. Instead of the mid=mounted twin-turbocharged V-8 engine of the speed-record-breaking sister, the Koenigsegg Agera, the 1,700-hp Gemera has a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-three engine—and three electric motors.
The Swedish manufacturer isn’t the only elite auto brand looking to electric power for its future. Pininfarina unveiled its 1,900-hp all-electric Battista in 2019, the same year Lotus revealed its 1,973-hp electric Evija. Ferrari is currently making its 986-hp SF90 Stradale hybrid. McLaren recently unveiled a $225,000 Artura hybrid that uses an electric motor to get to 205 mph.
In the past two years, dozens of high-performance vehicles have sprung into existence, a veritable cascade of releases compared with the scattered few of previous decades.
From Bugatti to Pininfarina, Aston Martin to McLaren, Lamborghini to Ferrari, supercars are big business. And they’re making more than ever. And now that 1,000-plus horsepower and top speeds of 200 mph have become commonplace, automakers are relying on electric motors to push beyond the outer limits of the combustion engine
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