Koenigsegg Agera

Koenigsegg Agera

By - almost - all accounts, a Ferrari 458 Italia is the kind of supercar you don’t want to have a drag race against. That is unless you have a Koenigsegg Agera R at your disposal.

At that point, the proverbial shoe is definitely on the other foot.

In this video, the Italian supercar is seen trying to take on the Swedish powerhouse in a clean, drag strip race. For awhile, the 458 Italia managed to hold its ground against the more powerful Agera R, but as soon as you might believe that the former had the legs to keep up with the latter, the Agera R began stretching and just blasted away from the 458 Italia, leaving the Prancing Horse eating its proverbial dust.

Knowing those two cars, it wasn’t really all that competitive considering that the Agera R belongs in a stratosphere that the 458 Italia can only dream about sniffing. But it’s still a fun watch, given the circumstances. It’s not often that a 458 Italia can be abused so effortlessly, but that’s why the Koenigsegg Agera R is considered one of the fastest cars in the world.

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Koenigsegg Agera R

Back in September, the Koenigsegg Agera R set six new world records as proof of what an amazing car it really is. Now, the supercar has received an official Guinness approval for its 0-300-0 km/h record time of 21.19 seconds established at Koenigsegg ’s proving ground in Ängelholm, Sweden on September 2, 2011.

"We had high hopes when we set out to do this record. But the end result was truly astonishing. This is Koenigsegg’s 4th Guinness World Record since 2003 and it shows our continued commitment to build Hypercars that deliver beyond expectations," said Christian von Koenigsegg in the official press release.

The Koenigsegg Agera R is powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 1,115hp at 6,900 rpm and scream all the way up to 7,250 rpm. Top speed has been announced at 261mph.

Hit the jump to watch the world record run!

When Koenigsegg revealed the Agera R earlier this month they announced it will be a world breaker. And this week-end the car has set six new world records as a proof at that statements.

The Agera R has shown phenomenal stability, acceleration and braking performance – and that presently its performance is in a league of its own. All results will be submitted to the Guinness Book of Records.

The numbers are as follows: 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph) = 14.53 sec,
0-200 mph (0-124 mph) = 17.68 sec, 300-0 km/h (186 mph-0)= 6.66 sec,
200-0 mph (124 mph - 0) = 7.28 sec, 0-300-0 km/h (0-186mph-0) = 21.19 sec, 0-200-0 mph (0-124mph-0) = 24.96 sec.

The Koenigsegg Agera R is powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 1,115hp at 6,900 rpm and scream all the way up to 7,250 rpm. Top speed has been announced at 261mph.

Hit the jump for the video.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

We’ve learned a few things about Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, in the past few weeks, one of which is his increasingly apparent obsession with the world’s top speed record.

After telling CAR Magazine the importance of Bugatti maintaining the top speed record by saying that it’s "a cornerstone of the modern Bugatti philosophy" , Durheimer laid notice to everyone that if anybody wanted to try breaking the Veyron ’s record, then they’re going to get a pretty serious fight from Bugatti.

In an interview with Motor Trend, Durheimer had this to say: “You know we have the speed record with Bugatti and there are always rumors around that someone, maybe Koeniggsegg could come, and do another record. No matter where the Veyron project is if someone comes… we would strike back."

Fighting words, indeed.

For now, the Veyron is nearing its run and other automakers, particularly Koenigsegg and SSC , have released their new supercars - the Agera R and the Tuatara - with the intention of toppling the Veyron Super Sport’s 267.85 mph record. But if you heard Durheimer’s words, then all these other brands best be warned. Bugatti’s not conceding the world’s top speed record to anybody without a serious fight.

Snow balls in hell be damned; we’ve got a fight on our hands!

Source: Motor Trend

At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg wowed the world with the unveiling of the Agera supercar, a model that soon become the world’s most favorite supercar . The reasons behind the title are quite simple. The Agera is powered by a 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 910hp at the 6850rpm-redline and a peak torque of 1100Nm at 5100rpm. Adding fuel to the fire is a top speed of 245 mph coming out of the beautiful and unique supercar.

With such a devoted fanbase, it seemed 100% worthwhile for National Geographic’s Megafactories to do a complete feature on the Agera, detailing the making of the supercar down to what made Christian von Koenigsegg start developing it at such a young age. Other features of the film include the two week process that makes up the hand-built 4.7 liter V8 engine, the seven station method used to build the vehicle from nothing to extravagant supercar, and even a bit of the brand’s history.

The series of videos is about 45 minutes long so it would be smart to grab some popcorn, get comfortable, and watch them straight through for the full effect!

Hit the jump for parts 2 and 3 of the movie.

Microsoft isn’t letting up on what they are calling the most cutting-edge racing game in history in their Forza Motorsport series and they are bringing it back into the headlines with a Ferrari 458 Italia gracing the official cover and the list of goodies players will get if they preorder their copy.

The fourth installment of Forza is scheduled to hit shelves in the Fall 2011 and the new support for Kinect, as well as the classic controls, will be up and ready to thrill gamers. If Fall 2011 is too long to wait, fans of the game will be happy to know that U.S. retailers will be allowing them to pre-order Forza for $59.99.

Pre-ordering the game wouldn’t exactly be all that necessary if doing so didn’t open up the doors to a bunch of extra goodies. When you pre-order Forza Motorsport at any retail location, the game will come with an exclusive in-game car pack that includes a 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe, a 2011 Koenigsegg Agera , a 1997 Lexus SC300 , a 2011 RUF RGT-8 , and a 2011 Tesla Roadster Sport . Players can race, tune, paint, and share their creations with their friends, but the pack will only be available in the first production run of “Forza Motorsport 4” game discs.

That’s not all, either. If gamers preorder their game at certain retailers, other fun prizes will be included in their pack. Hit the jump to check out the list of retailers and their extra goodies.

The Geneva Motor Show is one of the biggest shows of the year and the 2011 event certainly did not disappoint. With over 70 cars lined up and ready to take our breaths away, choosing our favorites between them all was not an easy task.

Sure, there were some easy choices, like the brand spanking new Lamborghini Aventador or the Jaguar XKR-S , or brilliant tuning projects like the ABT R8 GT S . Then there was the job of tossing out the not-so-brilliant vehicles like theMitsubishi Global Small or the rather useless Rinspeed Bamboo . The 2011 Geneva Motor Show brought out cars from one side of the spectrum to the other, and rifling through them took some time. Some may not agree with our choices and that’s okay. However, everyone can appreciate a beautiful or highly efficient car when they see one, and we’ve gathered some exceptional specimens to share.

Hit the jump to check out our choices for the Best of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

We’re not going to lie; when we picked the Koenigsegg Agera as our 2010 supercar of the year , we were pretty proud of ourselves. Not only did we buck the trend of crowning the mythical title of world’s best exotic to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport , we actually gave it to a car that has 300-less horsepower than the current fastest machine on the planet. We figured that even if the Veyron Super Sport can wallop the Agera on the drag strip, the latter’s combination of appeal, speed, and cheaper price tag was more than what we could get from the Veyron Super Sport. Turns out, we haven’t seen the very best and most powerful version of the Agera yet. That is, until this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the Veyron SS-slayer, the Koenigsegg Agera R.

Now, if by any chance you’ve seen this car before in our pages, it’s because we actually ran a story of the Agera R first generating buzz over the webs because the Oman Royal Family got their hands on one even before it made its debut in Geneva. But now that the 2011 Geneva Motor Show is only days away from opening, Koenigsegg Koenigsegg is gearing up to give the Agera R the world debut it deserves. And when the world gets to see the Agera R, you can be pretty sure that it’s going to be locked and loaded to throw-down with the mighty Veyron SS.

Updated 03/18/2011: Koenigsegg has revealed the full specifications on the Agera R, and although we like what we see, we expected a little better. The supercar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and from 0 to 124 mph in 7.5 seconds. Top Speed has been reported at 260 mph! Hit the jump to see more specs on the Agera R.

Updated 04/10/11: Seeing as the Koenigsegg Agera R is a hometown supercar in Sweden, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to find out that the first journalists given the keys to the Agera R for a test drive were the folks from Teknikensvarld.se, particularly one Erik Gustafsson who was the first journalist to ever test drive the car. Check out the video we’ve added to see how Gustafsson tries to tame the Agera R on the arctic roads of Sweden. Should be a good watch, folks.

UPDATE 09/04/11: Koenigsegg recently took some serious bragging rights for the Agera R when it claimed to have set a few high-speed records, further cementing the supercar’s status as the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s biggest rival. According to the Swedish automaker, the Agera R managed to clock 0-186 mph in just 14.53 seconds, 0-200 mph in just 17.68 seconds, 200-0 mph in 7.28 seconds, and 186-0 mph in just 14.53 seconds. The records have yet to be verified, but if they prove to be legitimate, it’s only a matter of time before Koenigsegg slams Bugatti’s record. Check out videos of the Agera R’s record attempts after the jump.

Details on the Koenigsegg Agera R after the jump.

Before anyone begins to even dream about owning any of these cars, we feel we have to give fair warning that purchasing any one of them will probably cost a few arms and legs. Of course, for anyone whose bank account has never felt the dryness that most of ours have, then listen up.

Forbes - yeah, we all know them - has released a Top 10 list of the World’s Most Expensive Cars. Think forking over $100,000 on a car is already a financial burden? Well, think again. Not only are these cars fast and powerful, but they command a pretty steep price tag, which is only affordable to those people that have as much money as we have lottery tickets.

Something of note for this list is that there are two cars that have yet to be unveiled, let alone given a price tag. Their respective prices are then assumptions by Forbes and may change the list once the actual prices have been revealed.

Another thing that we noticed is the conspicuous absence of the Aston Martin One-77 , which, at $1.77 million, is easily one of the most expensive cars in the world. Forbes normally covers a lot of holes on their list, but they clearly made one oversight there.

Check out Forbes’ list after the jump.

Source: Forbes

Despite the economic crisis, 2010 has been a very active year for the automotive industry. And while most of the world expected to see more hybrids or small city cars, automakers wanted to prove once again that supercars were still the leaders of the automotive world. We’ve seen lots of world debuts this year, and while every single one of them is more than impressive, there were only three that topped our list for supercar of the year.

Getting to the final three was no easy task, but we managed to find our way here, where the final three went head to head for the top podium. Our nominees need no explanation: the Ferrari 458 Italia , the Bugatti Veyron Supersport , and the Koenigsegg Agera . All of them are as fast as the wind, have an impressive exterior design, and an even more impressive interior, and all of them made headlines during this past year.

Hit the jump to see supercar of the year.


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