• Koenigsegg’s Electronic Stability Control Can Protect Even the Dumbest Drivers

Try jerking the wheel at speed in your Ford Focus and let us know how that goes

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It’s hard to ignore Christian von Koenigsegg’s brilliance when it comes to developing supercars. And while Koenigsegg’s more recent offerings such as the Gemera and Jesko Absolut are just enough to blow your mind, one of the brand’s most popular models, although now considered ’old’, still manages to impress.

No, not by violent 0-60 mph sprints or brake-disc-melting decelerations, but by the way it stays glued to the ground and stable when mishandled.

Behold the unflappable Koenigsegg Agera R

Produced between 2011 and 2014 in just 18(!) examples, the Agera R was based on the ’regular’ Agera with a new fuel and engine management setup so it could run on 95 octane gasoline and E100 biofuel or a mix between those.

The 5.0-liter DOHC, twin-turbo V-8 generated a power that output could go as high as 1,140 horsepower at 7,100 rpm, while torque came in at 1,200 Newton-meters (885 pound-feet) at 4,100 rpm.

Once the hypercar started abusing the asphalt it sat on, 0-62 mph (100 kph) took 2.8 seconds, while 0-300-0 kph (0-186-0 mph) was attained in 21.19 seconds. Impressive, right?

Koenigsegg's Electronic Stability Control Can Protect Even the Dumbest Drivers
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Koenigsegg Agera R specifications
Engine 5.0-liter DOHC, twin-turbo V-8
Horsepower 1,140 HP @ 7,100 RPM
Torque 885 LB-FT @ 4,100 RPM
0-62 mph (100 kph) 2.8 seconds
0-300-0 kph (0-186-0 mph) 21.19 seconds
Even more impressive is the amount of control and, subsequently, peace of mind offered by three letters: KES, or Koenigsegg Electronic Stability.

This setup, together with a whole lot of other factors (brakes, tire width and grip, aero, and downforce) allows the Agera R to pull mind-blowing stunts that would send other cars crashing in no time.

Case in point: the video we dug out from YouTube’s archives. In it, you’ll see how one of Koenigsegg’s factory drivers jerks the steering wheel left and right at high speed and the car doesn’t even flinch, to our own amazement and the passenger’s.

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Oh, and yeah, the video is from 2013, so seven years old at the time of writing, but that’s just another testament to the absolute tech marvel the Koenigsegg Agera R really was. What a machine.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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