When you get into this category, it’s hard to say if one is better than the other. Ferrari , Lamborghini , Aston Martin , and McLaren are all wonderful products, but is one better than the other one in the real world? Probably not, but there are a few things we can look at to try and determine a solid list.
When you have this kind of money, performance is expected out of these machines and that is a key thing to remember. Every car on this list is fast enough for most people. Many will begin to point out numbers and statistics to prove that their car should be ranked higher up. What they fail to understand is that most of the people who buy these machines will never get close to those numbers. For them, it’s more about the car. With that in mind, we will look at styling, prestige, luxury, and the sensations that you get when you sit behind the wheel.
There is a never a right answer when comparing these machines. Everybody has their own opinion and everybody will think they’re correct. We really had to think about this one long and hard because, well, we had no idea how to rank most of these machines. The top ten supercars for 2010 is just one of life’s great mysteries.
Nonetheless, we persevered on your behalf to try and rank today’s best supercars. We would also like to point out price was not considered in this ranking. If you can afford any one of these cars, most of the time price isn’t going to be a big deal.
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.
Ever wonder where all that money you pay for gas goes? Well, $5,000,000,000 of it has been accounted for and, no, it hasn’t gone to making the world a better place. It’s gone to one man’s collection of 7,000 high performance cars. That’s not a typo, that’s nine zeros. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei is the proud collector of what is undeniably the world’s most unique and gargantuan car collection. Where do you keep 7000 of the world’s rarest cars? Well, he doesn’t have a 7000 door garage, instead he stores most of them in five ultra-secret aircraft hangars, featuring a team of specialists from different car manufacturers to keep the cars happy. By now you’re probably wondering what is in his lavish collection and, well, the statistics are quite staggering. According to the Daily Mirror, as of June 30th 2010, The wealthy sultan is a proud owner of 604 Rolls Royces , 574 Mercedes-Benzes , 452Ferraris , 382 Bentleys , 209 BMWs , 179 Jaguars , 134 Koenigseggs , 21 Lamborghinis , 11 Aston Martins , and 1 SSC .
Hit the jump for more some more staggering information on this one man’s car collection.
Jay Leno became famous because, at one point, he was a really funny comedian. Despite losing some of his mojo as a stand-up wit, Leno remains a deity within the auto industry for his unbridled passion for anything that has four wheels and goes really, really fast.
On the other hand, Leno’s exposure to some of the world’s most exotic cars has set his standards pretty high, so when a car makes even Jay Leno giggle like a kid having one too many lollipops, you know you’re dealing with more than just a fine piece of machinery. That’s exactly what Leno looked like when he sat behind the wheel of his new Koenigsegg Trevita CCRX , which was personally hand-delivered to him by no less than company owner and founder Christian von Koenigsegg.
The Koenigsegg Trevita is powered by a custom 4.8-liter V8 engine which outputs 1018 hp. It comes equipped with Koenigsegg Shimmering Diamond Weave bodywork, double carbon wing, paddle-shift, inconell exhaust system, carbon ceramic brakes with ABS, hydraulic lifting system, infotainment system, tire monitoring system, chrono instrument cluster, and airbags.
With only three such models in existence, you could say that Leno is in possession of one of the rarest supercars in the world and he wasn’t subtle about bringing his ride out on the streets of LA to show it off. Hey, if we had a Trevita CCRX in our garages, we’d be flaunting it out for the world to see too.
While Conan O’Brien continues to display loving affection towards his beat-up 1992 Ford Taurus SHO , his one-time colleague and now fierce rival, Jay Leno just keeps on adding to his already massive car collection.
The latest vehicle to make its way to Jay Leno’s oversized garage is a Koenigsegg after Christian von Koenigsegg himself - yes, he’s the founder of the supercar brand - paid a visit to Leno in the comedian’s South California home to personally deliver a Koenigsegg Trevita CCXR .
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.
Next to the 2010 Agera , Koenigsegg also revealed a new special edition at the Geneva Motor Show. Limited to only one unit and built for a wealthy customer in Brazil, the CCXR Platinuss E100 (named after a Brazilian dealership) had to be customized so it could use bio-ethanol.
But despite the modifications the CCXR Platinuss E100 still develops 1018 hp. The customer also wanted a larger front splitter and the color has been custom painted.
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!
Like a shot to the gut from a drunken bud, Koenigsegg ’s decision to back out of the Saab sale all caught us off-guard, especially after it looked like the sale was all but a formality.
Then, just like that, the whole deal collapsed.
Now that Saab is back on the market, a lot of folks thought that with no apparent buyer in mind, the future of Saab looked bleaker than most people initially thought.
As it turns out, the Swedish brand may have a few more lifelines up its sleeve. According to Autocar, two investors have come out of the woodwork to express their interest in buying the beleaguered Swedish car brand.
One of these is China’s Beijing Automotive, which, incidentally, is a minority shareholder of Koenigsegg. The other interested buyer is a Wyoming-based merchant bank called Merbanco. If you’ve been following this soap opera for months, you’d know that these two companies were originally part of the bidding wars for Saab, which Koenigsegg won.
Now that it’s dropped out of the picture, Merbanco and the BAIC have stepped up efforts in purchasing Saab, potentially saving it from the chopping block.
Hold on to your nooses, gentlemen. Saab may not be dead after all.