It’s not exactly National Geographic’s Megafactories series, but Koenigsegg and Drive are teaming up to create a special web series that will take a closer look at the Swedish supercar maker and how the company creates its mind-boggling exotics, beginning with the Agera R .
The series, which will make its debut on Drive’s YouTube channel this coming January 8th, will begin with "Inside Koenigsegg" and will be hosted by no less than the company’s founder, Christian Von Koenigsegg.
For the first episode, Inside Koenigsegg will detail the automaker’s extensive use of carbon fiber on its vehicles and touch on the importance and significance of the high-end material. From there, future episodes will delve into other important aspects of the automaker’s building process, including engine development, aesthetic designs on both the exterior and interior, and production testing to ensure that the supercars are up to the standards of Koenigsegg.
Check out the teaser video of Inside Koenigsegg so you’ll get a good idea on what to expect when the first episode drops on the 8th of January.
Earlier this year at Top Marques, Koenigsegg unveiled a one-off Agera X . Now, after only eight months since its official debut, the car has been listed on Jameslist and can be yours for €888,888 (about $1.1 million at the current exchange rates). We know Christmas is over, but this can be the best gift for you for the New Year.
This Agera X is Koenigsegg’s chassis No. "88" and the eighth Agera ever built. The supercar features a matte-black exterior paint combined with a white, red and black interior. Under the hood, the Agera X keeps the usual 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that delivers a total of 926 horsepower and a peak torque of 811 pound-feet. This engine will rocket the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.1 seconds and allow it to hit a top speed of 245 mph.
The car is currently registered to the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Koenigsegg is celebrating the production of its 100th Agera with the unveiling of the one-off Agera R Hundra — the word "Hundra" is the Swedish translation for "one hundred." This one-off edition is distinguished by a hand-made piping in 24-carat gold, and 24-carat-gold thread embroidery on the seats and dash board.
The model is based on the Agera R , so it features the same exterior body kit, including front and side winglets, and that huge rear wing that provides increased downforce. However, the upcoming Agera R Hundra features a bespoke color trim and carbon-fiber wheels.
Under the hood, the Hundra features the usual 5.0-liter V-8 engine with twin turbochargers that delivers a total of 1,140 horsepower. The car sprints from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and to 124 mph in 7.5 seconds. Top speed for the Agera R Hundra is 273 mph.
Supercar builders like Bugatti and Pagani have made a living building special, one-off supercars for their exclusive clientele. Recently, their Swedish counterpart, Koenigsegg , has been getting some buzz for doing the same.
In the past few months alone, multiple reports about an Agera X , an Agera R BLT and even a Koenigsegg One:1 have surfaced, giving further credence to the growing notion that Koenigsegg is knee deep in its client-customization program.
Guess what? A new variant of the Agera has been spotted lurking the streets of Hong Kong. These photos of what’s being called the Agera S were taken by Ron Alder W Photography and he was kind enough to share them with us.
There’s not much in terms of details surrounding the Agera S, although we’ve been told that the supercar was built by Koenigsegg for countries where biofuel is not readily available. What this means is that owners of this supercar can still enjoy the all of its 1,030 horsepower capabilities by using premium fuel instead of the Agera R’s Flex biofuel capabilities.
As far as color choice is concerned, the Agera S looks to be sporting a sexy jade green color, which if you think about it, is appropriate for a country that holds jade — the jewel, not the color — in high regard.
We’ll continue rolling out more information as it becomes available.
Update 12/3/2012: This review has been updated with higher-quality images and a good look at the sweet rims and massive brakes.
Images used with permission from Ron Alder W Photography
Rumors about a possible Koenigsegg One:1 special edition started to surface on the Internet a few weeks ago. Until now, it has been rumored that its odd usage of the number one in its name is because it will be a one-off model. New details are now suggesting that there will be five units built and that the name has nothing to do with the number of units produced.
In an interview with Cars UK, Christian von Koenigsegg reported that the car’s One:1 name is in fact a reference to its power-to-weight ratio — 1 horsepower for every 1 kg of weight. This means that the next supercar will deliver somewhere between 1,250 and 1,350 horsepower, which is a significant increase over the Agera R’s 1,140 horsepower.
Von Koenigsegg also announced that the supercar is still in its early stages of development and a production date is not set. We anticipate that all five units will be sold on the Chinese market, and the price will be near $2 million.
For now, this is all of the information we have on the One:1. We do, however, have our own rendering of what we think this new hyper car will look like, which you can see above. We’ll keep you updated as more information rolls out.
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.