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Grand Touring Automobiles Becomes Canadian Retailer For Koenigsegg

Photo Credit: CNW Group/Grand Touring Automobiles


In 1994, Christian von Koenigsegg started on a path in the automotive world many have attempted but few succeed. Committed to manufacturing of exotic, high-performance vehicles, Sweden’s Koenigsegg Automotive AB would have to build more just a fast supercar. Design and engineering efforts behind constructing a quality performance machine can be comparably easier than assembling a lasting halo around a premium brand. Koenigsegg has beaten the odds by producing small batches of exceptionally high-powered, precision-engineered cars identified for regularly exceeding a top speed of 240 miles per hour or greater.

Though production of Koenigsegg’s vehicles is limited and is accompanied with an exceptionally high price adding to the brand’s exclusivity, there is still a need for the Swedish car make to have a partner to share the young marque’s products with their select customer base. Announced in the middle of July, the products from Koenigsegg will be distributed by Grand Touring Automobiles in Canada. The largest retailer of high-end machines for the Canadian market, Grand Touring Automobiles is the representative for slew of superluxury names from across the world including Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Karma Automotive, Automobili Pininfarina, Lamborghini and Bugatti.

Categorizing their creations as “Megacars”, Koenigsegg’s current exotic product line includes the sold-out Regera plug-in hybrid and the race track-oriented Jesko. The Swedish ultra-performance car builder introduced two models this past March with the all-new megacar called the Gemera will be the car company’s first four-passenger model as well as a speedier Jesko called the Jesko Absolut.

Propelled by combination of a twin-turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine and three electric motors collectively generating 1,700 horsepower, the Koenigsegg Gemera provides its elite customer base with the opportunity of thrilling three additional friends with the megacar’s performance. The Gemera features long Koeniggseg Automated Twisted Synchrohelix Actuation Doors (KATSAD) for the entry and exit for two rows of passengers. Set to be the longest production vehicle to be sold by the automaker, the 1,700-horsepower four-passenger megacar will also become one of the brand’s most prolific model with 300 examples planned for production. This vehicle alone should make the pairing between Koenigsegg and Grand Touring Automobiles a worthwhile venture in Canada.

Billed by Koenigsegg as the fastest production car they will ever build, the Jesko Absolut evolves on their track-focused machine with modified bodywork incorporating a long tail and hood fins. Dished rear wheels and underbody flaps are also installed on the Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut to achieve a 0.278 coefficient of drag. The highest speed version of the megacar is slated to cost four million American dollars.

A Koenigsegg Gemera and the Jesko Absolut have been shown in Canada to private gatherings in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver throughout the month of July in connection to Grand Touring Automobiles becoming a distributor for the brand.


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