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.
The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may be all fun and jokes in front of the camera, but despite their cunning wit and silly banter, these three all share a unique similarity: they know everything and anything there is to know about cars.
When they say a car is good or bad, their opinions carry more clout than the standard human because they’ve done their homework through countless hours of testing, free drives, and taped segments on the show. And now that we’re nearing the end of an amazingly eventful year, the trio have decided to finally release their choice of vehicles that will be included in the 11th Top Gear Awards.
With categories ranging from Hypercar of the Year, Grand Tourer of the Year, Coupe of the Year, and even Engine of the Year, the three hosts took everything they’ve seen, heard, and driven in 2010 to come up with a winner for each respective category.
In addition to these categories, Clarkson, May, and Hammond also picked their favorite cars of the year regardless of make, model, and type. Care to find out the award winners?
Don’t you really envy those people that seem to have all the fun in the world? Take the guys from 0-60 Magazine, for example. They got the chance to get behind the wheel of a brand new Koenigsegg Agera and run it through the gears at Koenigsegg’s private airfield in Ängelholm, Sweden.
The Koenigsegg Agera is powered by the same 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 910hp at the 6850rpm-redline and a peak torque of 1100Nm at 5100rpm. The car weighs only 2832lbs and sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and to 124mph in 8.9 seconds. Top speed goes up to more than 245 mph.
Needless to say, the car is simply amazing and if the facts don’t show that, then this video will. Try to stay focused on the last few seconds of the video and let us know what you thought. Was it a bird, was it a plane, or was it the Agera?
Jay Leno received a very special guest in the form of the new Koenigsegg Agera supercar in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. The Agera is powered by the same 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 910hp at the 6850rpm-redline and a peak torque of 1100Nm at 5100rpm. The car weighs only 2832lbs and sprints from 0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and to 124mph in 8.9 seconds. Top speed goes up to more than 245 mph.
We were a bit surprised to see that Leno was not the one behind the wheel of this masterful vehicle, but then again, he gets to ride around in his very own Trevita CCXR delivering 1018hp so the Agera probably doesn’t do it for him anymore. We did, however, discover that the car was being driven by Justin Bell and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran who took the exquisite supercar around the Goodwood race circuit.
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.
After officially unveiling it at the Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg is also offering an online configurator for the ones interested in buying the new Agera supercar .
Customers will be able to choose from eleven exterior colors, three different wheel design, three types of rear wing and ten interior lether color.
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. The car weights only 2832lbs and sprints from0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and to 124mph in 8.9 seconds. Top speed goes up to more than 245 mph.
If you took a stab at drawing percentages on how many people in this world can afford a Koenigsegg Agera , a safe estimate would probably be around 10%. As far as the remaining 90% of the world’s population is concerned – and that includes us, by the way – the closest thing we can do to owning an Agera is to buy one of its die-cast models at a Toys R’ Us.
But while the reality of owning Koenigsegg ’s new supercar is about as likely as seeing Ronald McDonald’s chowing down at Burger King, there are still ways for us to fill our heads with delusion – like play dress-up on the Agera through Koenigsegg’s new online configurator.
Koenigsegg’s online configurator allows us to touch up and retool the Agera to our liking. We can choose among a palette of colors for the car’s exterior, pick out a rear spoiler for the car, and even choose what set of rims would go best with our freshly-minted Agera. In addition to that, we can also play designer with the car’s interior as well as pick out what additional options we’d want on our make-believe Agera.
Of course, this configurator doesn’t do a whole lot except to exercise our imaginations and while it’s not on the same level as having the resources to actually buy one, a lot of us realize that this is about as close as we can get to playing with the Agera.
Koenigsegg will surprise us with a new supercar next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Called "Agera" (that means "to act" in Swedish or "ageless" in Greek), the new supercar will be limited at 16-20 cars per year. The first orders will be taken at the Geneva Motor Show, while the first customers will receive their cars by the end of the year.
The Agera was built to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary.
The Agera is powered by the same 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 910hp at the 6850rpm-redline and a peak torque of 1100Nm at 5100rpm. The car weights only 2832lbs and sprints from0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and to 124mph in 8.9 seconds. Top speed goes up to more than 245 mph.
The Agera features the latest in braking technology, incorporating an adjustable ABS system, 392x36 and 380x34 ventilated and drilled ceramic discs. Also a first in the automotive industry is the interior illumination: Ghost light. The illumination shines through the billet aluminium buttons and surfaces by way of invisible nanotubes, creating excellent
visibility of the symbols, as well as a very clean and stylish appearance, framed by an all-new carbon fbre centre console and tunnel assembly.
UPDATE 07/23/2011: The SuperCarSpotter got the chance to take a spin in the Agera and just so happened to have a video camera ready to record all of the pulsating sounds escaping the engine through the exhaust. You may want to turn your speakers up for this one! Hit the jump for the video!