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Koenigsegg Agera R

Koenigsegg is still battling the federal regulations that have halted the Agera supercar’s trip over to the US, but if all goes as planned, the company will be sending the first units to our side of the pond in June 2012, with a crisp white Agera R leading the trip. With that project on a bit of a standstill, the company has moved on to announce that they will be unveiling a rendering of their 100th super car at this year’s Geneva Motor Show in March. No details on the new supercar have been provided as of yet, but the thought alone is enough to put Koenigsegg fans in a state of agony until then.

Supercar dreams aside, Koenigsegg also confirmed that they are currently preparing a camless engine inspired by the Formula 1 cars. The company said this is "a radical departure in engine design that will increase fuel economy between 20 and 30 percent by using pneumatic-controlled valves."

The engine is being developed in cooperation with Cargine Engineering and its new "technology provides exacting control of each cylinder and would allow for infinitely variable valve lift and duration, as well as cylinder deactivation. Energy to operate the valves also would be reduced compared to a conventional cammed engine."

More details on the latest Koenigsegg news will surely follow in the next month or two, so stay tuned!

The Chinese automotive market is growing bigger by the day and automakers everywhere are taking advantage of this growing market by throwing a number of special editions their way. One type of vehicle that is ripping through the streets of China is the super car. Anything from Ferrari Ferrari to Pagani Pagani to Lamborghini is making its way over to the land of Dragons and Emperors, and this video was created to show off a number of these vehicles.

Watching this video may incite some ever growing jealousy for the people lucky enough to get behind the wheel of these bad boys. The supercars are all part of the Chinese Sportscar Club (SCC), which got together on an airstrip to show off their rides. The list of the supercars is intense, including a Ferrari Enzo , a Pagani Zonda F/R and Cinque , a Mercedes SLR , a Mercedes SLS , a Ferrari F430 , a Ferrari 458 Italia , tons of Lamborghini models, an Aston Martin , and our favorite, the Koenigsegg Agera .

The sheer monetary value of the collected supercars is enough to induce drool.

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!

First and foremost, we’d like to admit that we aren’t exactly huge fans of the Bugatti Veyron . We respect the fact that it is one of the most powerful cars in the world with a turbocharged 16 cylinder engine and 1001 HP, but a car with a price tag as high as the Veyron’s should have been a little easier on the eyes.

Koenigsegg models, on the other hand, have a wonderful combination of beauty and power wrapped up in one car. We could go into the sheer beauty of the Agera , but that’s not what we are here for. We are here to talk about the CCXR - one of the stars in this video. It features a 1018 HP V8 engine and can hit a top speed of 250 mph.

Regardless of which supercar tickles your fancy, both are present in this video, in pure white exterior paint finishes and delivering pure thrills as well.

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.

A standard Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is powered by a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 that delivers a total of 505 HP, which isn’t bad at all. Of course, supercharging this bad boy to an impressive 700 HP makes the American sports coupe jump a few levels to possibly match wits with Sweden’s Koenigsegg CCXR and its 1024 HP 4.7 L twin-supercharged V8 engine.

Place these two cars side by side in a one mile drag race and more than likely, onlookers would place their bets on the CCXR. Before that happens, however, it’s important to know that typically the Koenigsegg does the 1/4 mile in less than 11 seconds and in this video, it only managed to do it in 12.4 seconds. Will the driver factor affect the outcome of the race? Watch the video to find out!

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.

There are tons of reasons why tuning firms decide to provide packages for various cars on the market. Aside from the obvious money-making aspect of the business, tuners feel a certain responsibility to take what an automaker has done and push it further. Most of the time, we understand that these vehicles need a bit of work to make them that much better and we applaud the various efforts provided by these tuning companies in doing so. This latest project by EDO Competition is no different. In their latest attempt to push a car deeper into the realm of awesomeness, the German tuning firm has taken a Koenigsegg CCR and fixed it up with a good ol’ fashioned power boost and a kickass exterior body kit.

EDO’s process with the CCR began with a modified ECU to boost power and a modified drive ratio to allow the vehicle to hit its torque peak earlier. The result is a total of 891 HP - up from the standard 806 HP -, and a reduction in the redline to 7,200 rpm. The six speed gearbox was disassembled in its entirety and the plastic bushings were replaced with Uniball units. All of the work to the engine allows the CCR Evolution to get to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds, to 124 mph in 9.7 seconds, and to 186 mph in 23 seconds.

As for the exterior, the tuner is offering a new set of wheels with a coat of charcoal paint and an updated front end with auxiliary lights. The interior of the Koenigsegg was then covered in Alcantara material and a redesigned center console was added to accommodate a new infotainment system with a reversing camera and a custom-made pouch for the immobilizer remote. The display was integrated into the dashboard.

The total Evolution upgrade package for the Koenigsegg CCR will set customers back 40,000 Euros, or $56,828 at the current rates.

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.


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