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Koenigsegg Gemera is company's first four-seater

This new model is a four-seater.

Photo courtesy of Koeingsegg

The Koenigsegg Gemera is the first four-seater the company has ever produced, but that doesn't mean that it's less exclusive. Just 300 of the "Mega GT" will be made and it's likely the price tag will be over $1 million each.

Christian von Koeingsegg, the automaker's CEO, calls the model a Mega GT because it, "is a completely new category of car where extreme megacer meets spacious interior and ultimate environmental consciousness." The model is the culmination of 25 years of work.

Koenigsegg GemeraShort overhangs and large intakes are visible to the naked eye.Photo courtesy of Koeingsegg

In a release Koenigsegg says that the car seats four adults and can fit their carry-on luggage. It's worth noting that Koenigsegg is a Swedish car manufacturer and carry-on luggage in Scandinavia and Europe is typically much smaller than the American idea of a carry-on.

Despite its large size, the automaker promotes the car as being able to outperform most two-seaters. It has 127 megawatts of power 3500 Nm of torque helping it get from zero to 62 mph inn use 1.9 seconds. It can run up to 400 kmh. The powertrains uses three electric motors combined with a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter three-cylinder engine. Koeningsegg calls this engine the Tiny Friendly Giant, or TFG for short.

Koenigsegg GemeraThe car feature's the company's signature fighter jet-like styling.Photo courtesy of Koeingsegg

The company brags that the car can silently drive up to 300 km/h and the car has an all-electric range of 50 km.

Gemera has rear- and all-wheel steering, and all-wheel torque vectoring.

Koeingsegg hasn't skimped on creature comforts in the new model there are four heated and chilled cup holders, front and rear seat infotainment displays, four reading lights, memory foam heated seats, power seats, tri-zone climate control, exterior and interior cameras, and front and rear wireless phone chargers.

There are two ISOFIX connections available in the rear seats.

Koenigsegg GemeraThe car lacks a traditional B-pillar.Photo courtesy of Koeingsegg

The exterior of the car features hallmark Koeingsegg attributes like fighter jet-inspired styling, hidden A-pillars, short overhangs, and large intakes. The carbon fiber body structure protects and has made the car a viable model without traditional B-pillars.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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The Z06 isn't on sale yet, but it's already raising money for charities.

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Just a couple years ago, the Chevrolet Corvette got a major overhaul that completely changed its design, personality, and performance. The car moved to a mid-engine layout for the first time, and its V8 produces thundering performance at a reasonable price. As it has always done with the Corvette, Chevy's laying out special editions for the car, and one of the first in the new generation will be the 2023 Corvette Z06. An early Z06 sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction this weekend to raise money for charity, and the final dollar amount crested the $1 million mark.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The car raised $1 million at the Palm Beach Auction. Chevrolet

The car crossed the block at the Palm Beach Auction, which took place on April 9. It's the first production model of the car, which builds on the mid-engine eighth-generation Corvette. It's powered by a 670-horsepower 5.5-liter flat plane-crank V8, which sends its power to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine revs much higher than a standard V8 and features a distinct sound. Chevy says the Z06's engine offers the most horsepower of any naturally aspirated V8 on sale.

2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06Rick Hendrick was the winning bidder for the car. 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

The car's $1 million price tag raised money for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The organization supports training of educators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). This auction, together with the first retail version of the car auctioned earlier this year, brings the Corvette's total charity haul to $4.6 million in 2022.

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