A few weeks ago, word started spreading that a special edition - a one-off , actually - Koenigsegg Agera was being built for a Chinese client with pockets that run as deep as the Mariana Trench.
Now, word has it that the car, christened as the Koenigsegg One:1, is already on track for completion. As this recent batch of photos will tell you, the one-off hyper car appears to be closed to finish with plenty of design modifications from the already ultra fast Agera.
Judging from the photos, the Koenigsegg One:1 has a radical body design that features an accented checkerboard carbon fiber finish on pretty much the entire body, including the more aggressive lower front splitter, the roof, the hood, and the rear spoiler. Carbon fiber is also present on the wheels while the rear seems to have been treated to a completely redesigned rear end with matching diffuser and exhaust tips.
All in all, the One:1’s look makes the standard Agera look bland and mundane by comparison, something that’s also evident in the powertrain its expected to carry. We already mentioned earlier that the One:1 will feature a modified version of the Agera’s 5.0-liter V8 engine with a rumored output of 1,400 horsepower.
That’s some serious juice that only a few production cars in this world can even come close to sniffing.
Now that the Koenigsegg One:1 looks ready to roll and be delivered to this obscenely wealthy Chinese individual, you can add this extreme hyper car to that very short list.
To your average car buyer, Koenigsegg may be nothing but gibberish, but to a car buff, it is one of the baddest car manufacturers on the planet. Founded in 1994 and having produced limited numbers of each of its production models – CC8S, CCR, CCX , CCXR, Trevita, Agera and Agera R – it has quickly become a unicorn in the hypercar realm. Unfortunately, the unquestioned leader of the hypercar realm, to date, has been Bugatti and its record-setting Veyron.
Well, Car and Driver Abroad got an invite to Sweden to come drive the Agera R around the Swedish automaker’s track in an attempt to prove that the Agera R is a different animal than the Bugatti Veyron . With this comes a fantastic video of Car and Driver whipping the Agera R around a windy track and really testing how well this hypercar can handle...and it performed admirably.
The in-car camera gives you a good listen to all of the cabin noise that is 5.0-liter, turbocharged V-8 engine creates, and there’s plenty. This is thanks to the 1,140-horsepower, V-8 engine being bolted directly to the chassis, allowing all of the vibration and ruckus to make its way into the cabin. Some people may find that obnoxious, but this is the type of car that is meant to be heard. That’s simply part of its charm. If you don’t like it, don’t buy a hypercar…
What Koenigsegg and Car and Driver really proved here is that the Agera R is no competition to the Veyron… Not because it’s not as fast or not as much fun as the Veyron, but because it is a completely different car. Sure, the Veyron will rip off your face, if you really want it to, but it is also refined and somewhat timid. The Agera R is sheer adrenaline and muscle all packed into a svelte 3,250-pound body with a chassis built to drive circles around the Veyron.
What an impressive car and what a very telling video.
Just the other day, we reported that Chinese police officers had seized a one-off Koenigsegg Agera R BLT because of an import tax issue and now it looks like another wealthy Chinese man has placed an order for another one-off Koenigsegg Agera.
The first image we have on the car suggests that this one-off Agera will be painted in a very cool black exterior paint combined with a new set of carbon fiber wheels. There will also be a new front fascia with a more aggressive lower front splitter and a fixed roof with a carbon fiber air scoop.
The pièce de résistance of this car is that the twin turbocharged 5.0 liter V8 engine will be tricked to deliver a staggering 1400 HP.
We’re hoping we’ll have more details on this car pretty soon, so stay tuned! We’re hoping that this guy will actually have the chance to drive the car he paid for!
Last month, Koenigsegg unveiled the very cool Agera R BLT - a one-off supercar specially customized for a very rich Chinese customer using the company’s latest customer customization program. Unfortunately, the owner never had a chance to enjoy his one-off supercar because the Chinese officials have already seized the car.
Chinese officials stated that the car had been smuggled, since the driver never paid the import tax upon receipt of the vehicle. One look at the import tax and just about everyone will be able to see why the owner wanted to skip out on it. The Agera R BLT sold for $2.35 million, but after applying the import taxes, the price skyrocketed to $4.7 million - twice the value of the car. Yeah, anyone’s checkbook would raise an eyebrow on that one.
What makes the situation worse is that, according to the Chinese police, this seize is just part of a bigger anti-smuggling campaign that has netted vehicles from Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Porsche, Audi, and Range Rover. We all have to pay our taxes, people!
The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours ended a long time ago, but it looks like vehicles from the show continues to appear. Today, we have a new episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, featuring the amazing Koenigsegg Agera R supercar.
In this video, Jay Leno doesn’t run the show, but Christian von Koenigsegg himself takes the lead and talks about one of the most impressive supercars the company has ever developed. He explains how easy this car can be transformed into a daily driver. In all honesty, we are not sure if it’s worth starting up the 5.0-liter V8 with twin turbos just to go to the corner, but hey, to each his own. We’d rather use the engine’s 1,140 HP for what it’s really supposed to do: beat someone to the line in style.
For anyone in the U.S. trying to do just that, they can now order the Agera R if they have the cool $1.5 million to spend.
The 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R made its official debut earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show and now, a few months after the Quail and the McCall Motorworks Revival during the Pebble Beach weekend, the car has officially landed on the American market.
Christian von Koenigsegg welcomed many of the company’s current American clients, as well as many new ones, and he was pleased to inform everyone that the Agera R was given a warm welcome in the US.
The bad news about this scenario is the price tag. On the US market, the Agera R is priced at an impressive $1.5 million, but can get even more ridiculous considering Koenigsegg’s new bespoke personalization service. For the money, customers will get a supercar powered by a 5.0-liter V8 with twin turbos that delivers an impressive 1,115 HP. The car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds and up to an impressive top speed of 273 mph.
Looks like Pagani isn’t the only supercar automaker that’s diving into the world of one-off, special edition models of their supercars.
Swedish automaker Koenigsegg is also in on the action with the release of the Agera R BLT, a one-off, China-bound Agera R that was born from Koenigsegg’s customer customization program.
Few details were spared by Koenigsegg surrounding the Agera R BLT, but the car, already striking in itself, does have a blue tinted clearcoat carbon body with matching red lining in various parts of the car, a "BLT" badge on the rear valence, and a new set of multi-spoker wheels.
The interior also gets the same blue-and-red theme while also receiving quilted leather seats, blue ambient highlights around the dash, and suede lining along various parts of the interior.
In terms of performance, the Agera R BLT is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine that produces a ridiculous 1,140 horsepower and 885 lb/ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds with a blazing top speed of 245 mph.
"We are thrilled over the result and we hope the customer will like his car as much as we do," said Koenigsegg head honcho Christian von Koenigsegg.
Needless to say, we’d be pretty thrilled if we could call this bad boy our own.
Almost every automaker in the world is currently offering a special line of accessories to get more bang out of their brand image buck. Koenigsegg has now joined the bunch with a new Accessory Line, making it the only Koenigsegg product we can actually afford.
The new Koenigsegg Accessory Line includes a variety of lifestyle items ranging from hand-built scale models to cuff links, artwork, and clothing. The prices are also pretty accessible - when compared to a Koenigsegg model - and range from $45 for a pen or $48 for a t-shirt up to $12,300 for a carbon ceiling lamp.
We also found a blue Agera R in 1:43 scale in the store. This scale model is limited to only 500 units and priced at $188. The blue Limited Edition model was created by Frontiart for exclusive distribution by Koenigsegg Lifestyle. Each product in the new accessory line has been chosen or developed by founder Christian von Koenigsegg.
We know we told you in many times that Marchettino is our Youtube hero, but we have to say it one more time, because this time he managed to shot a very cool video of our favorite supercar: the Koenigsegg Agera R .
The video was filmed during the Dodgeball Supercar Rally and luckily for him - and u -, the owner was an extremely kind guy that even revved the car, showed the engine and the interior of the supercar. But more importantly, he even let us hear nicely the loud sound of the engine while following the convoy.
So, all you have to do is turn up the speakers and enjoy the full throttle accelerations and the tunnel blast.
For those of you who have forgotten, the Agera R is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 with twin turbo engine that delivers a total of 1,115 HP and can hit an impressive top speed of 273 mph (estimated).
Watching the processes which are involved in creating any piece of machinery, let alone a car, is amazing. These experiences really give you an idea of how every human thing which surrounds you comes from a factory somewhere and someone or something has worked on creating it.
In the case of Koenigsegg , the vast majority of components featured in their cars are hand-made and this point is continually brought up in the latest episode of Driven with J.F Musial, who also visited the Pagani and McLaren factories a few weeks back.
In the 30-minute documentary-type video, the man who founded the company, Christian von Koenigsegg, takes the camera through all of the detailed stages which are necessary in order for the brand to produce the incredible hypercars which it does.
Add that to the fact that just over 10 units are produced annually, and the notable point that there’s an abandoned airfield next door, and you have the perfect example of what high-end exotics are all about: Exclusivity and Speed.
In addition to exploring individual components of the Koenigsegg, specifically the Agera R , Musial was lucky enough to be taken out by the company’s 24-year old chief test driver for some high speed runs, cornering and braking on the airfield literally next door to the abandoned military base which the brand now occupies.
You’ll see all of this and more in the following video, so enjoy it!