As long as the NHTSA exempts the Swedish automaker from having Smart airbags, we should expect to see the Koenigsegg Agera for sell in the U.S. in June. Smart airbags require weight sensors in the front passenger seat to detect children, and deploy the at varying speeds depending on the crash dynamics. CEO Christian Von Koenigsegg said in a letter to the Department of Transportation last May: “The Koenigsegg vehicle, a $1.32 million ultra high performance sports car, is simply not typically used to carry child seats or small children.” While this statement may be true, the Agera still must clear this last hurdle before it can be sold in America.
In case you’ve never heard of the Agera, (yeah, right!) it’s the 245 mph rocket that makes over 940 horsepower on pump gas. 0-62 is achieved in 3 seconds. And now for the good part; rumor has it that the model to be sold in the U.S. in June is actually the 1,115 horsepower, E85 guzzling, 1.6 lateral g pushing, 0-300-0 km/h Guiness World Record holder. Yes, I’m talking about the 261 mph 2012 Koenigsegg Agera R. This will indeed bump up the $1.32 million dollar price tag, but it will also bump up my level of anticipation as I patiently wait for that passing glance of this twin-turbo technological marvel.