To your average car buyer, Koenigsegg may be nothing but gibberish, but to a car buff, it is one of the baddest car manufacturers on the planet. Founded in 1994 and having produced limited numbers of each of its production models – CC8S, CCR, CCX, CCXR, Trevita, Agera and Agera R – it has quickly become a unicorn in the hypercar realm. Unfortunately, the unquestioned leader of the hypercar realm, to date, has been Bugatti and its record-setting Veyron.

Well, Car and Driver Abroad got an invite to Sweden to come drive the Agera R around the Swedish automaker’s track in an attempt to prove that the Agera R is a different animal than the Bugatti Veyron. With this comes a fantastic video of Car and Driver whipping the Agera R around a windy track and really testing how well this hypercar can handle...and it performed admirably.

The in-car camera gives you a good listen to all of the cabin noise that is 5.0-liter, turbocharged V-8 engine creates, and there’s plenty. This is thanks to the 1,140-horsepower, V-8 engine being bolted directly to the chassis, allowing all of the vibration and ruckus to make its way into the cabin. Some people may find that obnoxious, but this is the type of car that is meant to be heard. That’s simply part of its charm. If you don’t like it, don’t buy a hypercar…

What Koenigsegg and Car and Driver really proved here is that the Agera R is no competition to the Veyron… Not because it’s not as fast or not as much fun as the Veyron, but because it is a completely different car. Sure, the Veyron will rip off your face, if you really want it to, but it is also refined and somewhat timid. The Agera R is sheer adrenaline and muscle all packed into a svelte 3,250-pound body with a chassis built to drive circles around the Veyron.

What an impressive car and what a very telling video.


Justin Cupler
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  (305) posted on 10.31.2012

dave, you mean "small company" compared to the ones like bugatti, ferrari, lamborghini, porsche. right?

  (302) posted on 10.31.2012

it is amazing what a small company like koenigsegg can do. a masterpiece!

  (312) posted on 10.31.2012

i love the doors. they are somewhat different of lamborghini’s doors, but they still are awesome.

  (305) posted on 10.31.2012

carbon fiber, carbon fiber everywhere. love this car.

  (542) posted on 10.31.2012

the run way belongs to volkswagen, who also own bugatti, hence the competitor thing. that run way is 8.8 km, or 5.5 miles long, and it’s where top gear’s james may got to veyron’s top speed of 407.5 km/h.

  (422) posted on 10.31.2012

christian von koenigsegg once said that the run-way where the top speed of the car could be tested belonged to "one of their competitors". i wonder who those might be smiley.

  (452) posted on 10.31.2012

i think that if given the chance, this car would beat the veyron ss’s record. IF!

  (516) posted on 10.31.2012

john, super cars are meant to be loud, crazy "i wanna eat your head" cars. that’s they are all about.

  (475) posted on 10.31.2012

john, tell me more about how you wanted to buy the agera, but you found the veyron is more suited for your tastes and bought that.

  (509) posted on 10.31.2012

i think this car is too aggressive, too hardcore. the veyron is more tempered, i like it more.

  (542) posted on 10.31.2012

this is one of the best super cars out there.

  (516) posted on 10.31.2012

this car makes me think about the mclaren f1. it has the same air to it.

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