A couple of weeks ago, Bugatti made a worthwhile statement with their Veyron SS speed monster. This beast was capable of hitting an average top speed of 267mph, effectively placing it in the Guinness Book of Records. Koenigsegg wasn’t just going to sit back and let Bugatti take all of the glory, so they prepared their new Agera hypercar to effectively beat the Veyron Super sports’ top speed. And who better to test it than the men of Top Gear.
The man behind the Agera super car, Christian von Koenigsegg, isn’t a man to be reckoned with. He’s one of the few people who have both the will and the means to silence Bugatti of its record-topping Veyron SS. According reliable reports, his aim is to do just that, and his new Agera is just the machine to do it.
Coincidentally, it was the men of Top Gear who first gave the news of the Bugatti’s record to Koenigsegg, even though the feat was still supposed to be kept under wraps. Upon hearing the news, Koenigsegg immediately began thinking out loud of places he could test his new supercar.
gallery: Koenigsegg Agera
“They have a good test track, Volkswagen – but they wouldn’t let us use it, of course,” said Christian. “Maybe they would before there was such a thing as a Bugatti Veyron. But not now.”
That doesn’t mean that Koenigsegg isn’t going to accomplish the task of bringing Bugatti down a peg or two. The CCX is a speed monster and the Agera is several notches up on the motoring-insanity scale. It wouldn’t surprise us, or Top Gear who took a ride in the Agera, if this vehicle would end up beating the record set by Bugatti. It is powered by the same 4.7L V8 engine as found in the CCX, but has been twin turbocharged to deliver a total of 910hp with a maximum torque of 737 lb-ft. These numbers will allow the Agera to go from 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds and to 124mph in 8.9 seconds. These numbers will hopefully get it to the top speed necessary to beat out Bugatti in the top speed war. Let the battle begin!