Koenigsegg Agera R Vs. Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach Package: Video
There are precious few cars in the world capable of making the 2014 Porsche 918 look sluggish, especially a 918 with the Weissach package. Thanks to a few nips and tucks, like magnesium wheels, ceramic wheel bearings, and titanium bolts, this lightened hyper car has roughly 90 pounds less weight to push over the stock version. There’s also an added carbon-fiber roof, rear wing, side mirrors, and windshield surround. The result, incredibly, is a 918 that’s significantly faster around the track. In fact, on September 4th of last year, a Weissach-equipped 918 clocked a 6:57 lap at the Nürburgring, making it the first series production street-legal car to break the seven-minute barrier.
So what could possibly walk all over this zenith of German engineering? Why, the Koenigsegg Agera R, of course. Believe it or not, this Swedish terror not only beats the Weissach 918, it demolishes it. And this video is proof.
Shot at the ATP test loop in Papenburg, Germany (essentially the 918’s home turf), GTBOARD.com winds these two titans all the way out past the 200-mph mark in a rolling, head-to-head drag race of Earth-shattering proportions. We witness two runs, each shot from a plethora of angles inside both cars, to find that the Agera R can simply out-leg the Porsche without much difficulty. The first run sees the Porsche in the wrong gear, giving the Koenigsegg an instant eighth-mile lead. The second run sees the Porsche get the jump, right before the Koenigsegg simply blows by on the way to another victory.
Simply put, this is ferocious speed. Would the same result occur from a dig? Our guess is it depends on the driver and the track, but for the time being, set the definition to 4k and try to catch a glimpse of the speedo as the kph readings jump by increments of 20.
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As a successor to the CCX, the Agera was first released in 2011, and comes with a 960 horsepower, 5.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 made of aluminum and adorned with a carbon-fiber intake manifold, which make it extremely lightweight. The transmission is a seven-speed, dual-clutch instrument pushing the power to the rear wheels with the might of Thor.
The Agera R model bumps output to 1,140 horsepower, while also shaving a bit of unsprung mass with hollow, one-piece, carbon-fiber wheels. With a theoretical top speed of 273 mph, the Agera R holds several land speed records outright. And although it goes unseen in this particular video, the Agera R can turn savagely as well, with 1.5 g of lateral grip available from the specially developed Michelin tires.
Although we may have slammed the 918 a bit in this article, it’s by no means a slouch. Rather, it should be stated that the Porsche halo car is simply a piece of technical brilliance. Built around a carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic monocoque, the 918 uses a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine in combination with two electric motors to produce 887 horsepower and 940 pound-feet of torque at all four wheels. The ultra-quick PDK seven-speed automatic is so good it almost makes us forget about the missing clutch pedal. The suspension is adaptive, and the rear axle can steer for more precise turn in, while the brakes help charge the lithium-ion batteries. Prices start at $845,000 for the base model, with another $84,000 required for the Weissach package. Not cheap, but definitely less expensive than similar hyper hybrids.