2010 Koenigsegg Agera
Koenigsegg will surprise us with a new supercar next week at the Geneva Motor Show. Called "Agera" (that means "to act" in Swedish or "ageless" in Greek), the new supercar will be limited at 16-20 cars per year. The first orders will be taken at the Geneva Motor Show, while the first customers will receive their cars by the end of the year.
The Agera was built to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary.
The Agera is powered by the same 4.7 liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 910hp at the 6850rpm-redline and a peak torque of 1100Nm at 5100rpm. The car weights only 2832lbs and sprints from0 to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds and to 124mph in 8.9 seconds. Top speed goes up to more than 245 mph.
The Agera features the latest in braking technology, incorporating an adjustable ABS system, 392x36 and 380x34 ventilated and drilled ceramic discs. Also a first in the automotive industry is the interior illumination: Ghost light. The illumination shines through the billet aluminium buttons and surfaces by way of invisible nanotubes, creating excellent
visibility of the symbols, as well as a very clean and stylish appearance, framed by an all-new carbon fbre centre console and tunnel assembly.
UPDATE 07/23/2011: The SuperCarSpotter got the chance to take a spin in the Agera and just so happened to have a video camera ready to record all of the pulsating sounds escaping the engine through the exhaust. You may want to turn your speakers up for this one! Hit the jump for the video!
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Koenigsegg Ragnarok? Rumors Swirl Over Agera Successor’s New Name
Koenigsegg’s line of top-shelf performance machines is epic, no doubt about it. But how do you take it a step beyond? Apparently, you need to take a page from Norse mythology for that one, as it was recently revealed that the successor to the Agera might carry the name “Ragnarok.”
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Koenigsegg Says Good-Bye To The Agera With Final Editions Thor and Väder
It’s time to say goodbye to the Koenigsegg Agera, and the Swedish automaker is giving it a proper send off by creating three Final Edition models, including the last two Ageras named “Thor” and “Väder.” The final two Ageras have just been completed, and they’re scheduled to make their debuts at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s been a great eight-year run for the hypercar, capped off by claiming the fastest production car record from the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. But, there’s always an end to all good things, and the Agera is no exception.
6 Sports Cars Everyone Should Drive at Least Once in Their Lives
Suppose you were given a choice to pick six sports cars to take out for a spin, which models would you choose? Some of you might choose from a list made entirely out of hypercars. Some of you might go for all the all-muscle types. Some of you might even choose to drive one automaker’s entire catalog. Everyone’s taste for sports cars is different, which is why in figuring out my suggestions for the six sports cars everyone should drive at least once in their lives, I was more varied in my choices. I put in a hypercar, a track car, a muscle car, a Japanese monster, and a small Italian sports car that’s going to blow you away. Some of you might have different choices, and that’s fine. What’s important is that, at the end of the day, we all get to experience the cars we love, even if it’s just for a day.
Koenigsegg Teases its Successor for the Agera RS
The successor to the Koenigsegg Agera RS is still months away from arriving, but that hasn’t stopped Koenigsegg from teasing the hypercar in somewhat of a cheeky fashion. According to Motor1, a design sketch of the upcoming hypercar was included in an otherwise standard-looking press release about the opening of a new Koenigsegg dealership in Australia. The sketch doesn’t reveal a lot about the car, but it does give us a good idea on what its rear section is going to look like.
Video of the Day: Sit Inside a Koenigsegg Agera RS as it Runs to a Top Speed of 284 MPH
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is one mean machine with a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 1,160 horsepower and, apparently, a top speed of 284 mph. It’s a lot more than just power, though, as Koenigsegg put a significant focus on aerodynamics and weight reduction for better handling and cornering ability. Those aerodynamics include a new front splitter and winglets to go with lower side skirts and an absurd rear spoiler. That spoiler, by the way, develops nearly 1,000 pounds of downforce at just 155 mph. With that in mind, can you imagine how much downforce was being created when the RS in this video managed to hit 284 mph? Let’s just say it has to be utterly outrageous. This isn’t something you want to try at home, folks, but if you do, please try to record it and send us a copy.
Anyway, we’ve embedded the video below. Check it out for yourself, then switch on over to our full review of the Koenigsegg Agera RS to learn more about it!
Koenigsegg Agera RSN Lays Waste To VMax200 Top Speed Record
The Koenigsegg Agera RSN has set a new VMax200 top speed record, eclipsing the two-year record held by another Koenigsegg, the One:1. For those who aren’t familiar with the VMax200, it’s a top speed event that’s held several times per year at airfields around the U.K. The latest edition took place over the weekend on a 2.1-km track at Kendew Barracks, an airfield located east of Leicester. The Agera RSN — it’s actually an Agera RS — turned in a scintillating run with Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja behind the wheel.
Dubbed Agera XS, This one-off vehicle has custom features inside and out, and is the first Agera created specifically for a U.S. customer. Just like the RS it is based on, the XS is an evolution of the One:1 and incorporates much of the technology developed for the "Megacar."
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Quick Comparison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Bugatti Chiron Vs. Koenigsegg Agera RS
Let’s say you want a car that’s fast – like, world-beating fast. The kind of fast that’ll get you thrown in jail quicker than most cars can reach the 60-mph mark. The kind of fast usually reserved for aircraft. We’re talking the bleeding edge of speed here, the cream of the crop in terms of moving across the face of the Earth on four wheels. Incredibly, there’s actually several options to choose from, assuming you’ve got the bank account to back it. Up here, at the peak of the mountain, you’ll find the Henessey Venom F5, the Bugatti Chiron, and the Koenigsegg Agera RS going head-to-head-to-head, each a top trump in modern street-legal performance. But which is the best?
The Hennessey Venom F5 is the newcomer of the group, with a recent debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Offered as a follow-up to the Lotus-based Venom GT, the F5 builds on the successes of its forerunner with all new everything, including a fresh chassis, revised aero, and a tuned-up engine, each of which was built from the ground up to conquer all challengers. Chief amongst those challengers is the Bugatti Chiron, the standard-bearer when it comes to ultimate high-dollar speed, rocking 8 liters of quad-boosted internal combustion and a reputation for superlative performance. Finally, we have the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which just set a new world record by going 277.9 mph on a closed road in the Nevada desert.
But while top speed is obviously a major factor here, what about the rest of the car? What about the way it looks, the interior, and the chassis? In this quick comparison, we’ll take a brief, but well-rounded look at each of these amazing vehicles and go beyond V-max to find out how they stack up.
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Koenigsegg’s New Speed Record Doesn’t Mean Squat
I wasn’t planning to blab about cars again anytime soon, but something amazing happened this weekend: someone actually smashed Bugatti’s world speed record for production cars after a whopping seven years. If you’ve been living under a rock, a Koenigsegg Agera RS averaged 277.9 mph on a two-way run on a highway in Nevada, beating the record set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010 by 10 mph. An impressive display by the Swedish automaker, achieved with a production model that was actually borrowed from a customer. The record has yet to be confirmed by Guinness World Records as of this writing, but whether it qualifies or not, the Agera RS’s run will remain an important page in high-performance automotive history. However, I still think that all this ludicrous speed stuff for production cars is absolute nonsense.
Before I move any further, I want to make it clear that I’m not questioning Koenigsegg’s big achievement. I’ve already seen all sorts of comments questioning whether the record was set using a stock car with stock parts and a production setup. Those are made by morons. First, Koenigsegg isn’t the type of company that would risk damaging its relationship with its customers by lying to the extent that most automakers do when setting records, especially track records at the Nurburgring. Second, I don’t think it’s a record that the Swedish firm was actually dying to own. It just happened, and it didn’t make a big fuss about it. And, it was very entitled to make a big fuss given that the Agera RS hit a top speed of 284 mph. That’s just a hair away from the magic 300-mph mark. But I digress...
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Koenigsegg Agera RS Goes Bonkers, Claims Top Speed Title From Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Seven years after the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport ascended to the throne as the fastest production car in the world, the almighty French supercar has finally - and officially - ceded the throne to the Koenigsegg Agera RS. The Swedish exotic pulled out a stunning display of power and speed on its way to hitting an average top speed of 277.9 mph, easily upending the Veyron Super Sport’s previous top speed record of 267.81 mph.
The record-setting run took place on a closed section of a road located near Las Vegas, Nevada after Koenigsegg reportedly received special permission from the Nevada Department of Transportation to close the road in order to perform the high-speed run. With permission granted, the company made the most out of it in an all-out attempt that had no less than company founder Christian von Koenigsegg in attendance. Video footage of the run even captured the 1,360-horsepower Agera RS hitting 284.3 mph in the second of two runs to firmly establish itself as the new title-holder of the “fastest production car in the world” crown.
And, if there’s still any speck of doubt left surrounding the Agera RS’ record-setting run, the whole episode was documented and recorded by Racelogic with the VBOX HD2 camera. There should be no doubt, then, in the eyes of everyone, including the Guinness Book of World of Records, that the Koenigsegg Agera RS is now the fastest production car in the record books. How long it’ll hold that title remains to be seen, but for now, there’s reason to celebrate over there in Ängelholm, Sweden.
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Koenigsegg Agera RS Smashes Bugatti Chiron Record
Ever since Bugatti unveiled the Chiron, we’ve been anxiously waiting for a new top speed world record for production cars from the French automaker. But, we didn’t get it. Instead, Bugatti set a new record for accelerating from 0 to 400 kph and coming back to a stop, achieving it in 41.96 seconds. Pretty impressive, huh? Well, it was for a little more than a month, because Koenigsegg just smashed that record by a whopping five seconds. Specifically, an Agera RS supercar was driven by Niklas Lilja to 400 kph (248.5 mph) from a standing start and then back to a full stop in only 36.44 clicks.
The record was set on October 1, 2017, at Vandel Airfield in Denmark. The Agera RS took 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400 kph over a distance of 1,958 meters (1.21 miles, while deceleration took 9.56 seconds over 483 meters (0.3 miles). The total distance used for the 0-to-400-to-0 kph run was 2,441 meters (1.51 miles). During another run, the Swedish supercar hit 403 kph (250.4 mph) and came to a halt after 37.28 seconds, also faster than the Chiron. The Agera RS used for this record is a stock production model destined for delivery in the United States. Powered by the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque, the car is equipped with the optional and removable roll cage.
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Koenigsegg Throws Shade At The Bugatti Chiron’s 0-400-0 KM/H Record
As competitive as the auto industry is, you can always count on it being extraordinarily petty at times. Case in point: Koenigsegg, the sometimes benevolent Swedish supercar brand, has just posted a photo of the Agera RS on its Facebook page, seemingly mocking the Bugatti Chiron’s recent 0-400-0 km/h (0-248-0 mph) record with a message that read: “0-400-OMG.”
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what Koenigsegg’s implying with the message. Apparently, the Chiron’s ability to travel from 0 to 400 km/h and back to 0 km/h in 41.96 seconds - a world record, by the way - isn’t fast enough. Koenigsegg didn’t elaborate any further on the meaning of the message beyond saying “coming soon!” That part is interesting because it’s understood that Koenigsegg’s thinly-veiled message aimed at Bugatti could be a precursor for something extraordinary, possibly an attempt by the Agera RS to beat the Chiron’s record, if it hasn’t done it already. The Koenigsegg supercar certainly has the credentials to pull it off, especially if it’s equipped with the One:1 upgrade package that brings its output up to 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque. So, can the Koenigsegg Agera RS beat the Bugatti Chiron’s “stop-blast off-stop again” record? We can only know if Koenigsegg shows us, which we’re now expecting to see sooner than later.
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Flock Of Koenigseggs Show Up In Sweden, Awesomeness Ensues: Video
Sometimes, I think about what it must feel like to own a Koenigsegg. It must be unnerving to be in possession of a supercar that can do things very few of its kind can do. I’ll never get to experience it, but those who do have Koenigseggs must love their cars enough to bring them to Sweden to partake in the automaker’s latest Koenigsegg Owners Tour party. The event was held last July, and as the video prepared by Koenigsegg shows us, a total of 19 Koenigseggs made the trip to Malmo before embarking on a memorable tour around the southern side of the country.
Even better, all 19 cars stopped at the Ring Knutstorp track in Kågeröd to put a few laps in, not minding the fact that it was raining at that time. In the end, the Koenigsegg convoy managed to find their way to Ängelholm, Sweden, the location where the automaker was born way back in 1994. It tells you how much Koenigsegg has evolved over the years when the owner of the company’s first-ever production car, a man named Stephen Rigman, still has his CCR with him. In fact, he was one of the 19 Koenigsegg owners who participated in the event, bringing along his OG Koenigsegg for the trip, joining the likes of the Agera, Regera, and the One:1 in the incredible joy ride. I can’t imagine there being a cooler road trip than this one. Seeing any of the 19 Koenigseggs of various shapes, sizes, and model names is sobering enough in of itself. But to actually be there to witness all of them in one location is what supercar dreams are made of.
Take A Look At Koenigsegg Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
Koenigseggs are some of the most beautiful cars on the planet, so imagine the possibilities if the Swedish automaker partners with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad for a stunning photo shoot. Well, don’t imagine it because it actually happened. Koenigsegg and Hasselblad went on locations in and around Ängelholm in the province of Skane in Sweden to partake in a photo shoot for the ages with a pair of Koenigsegg Ageras serving as the proverbial models.
The shooting took place as recently as May and June 2017, a time that Ming Thein, Hasselblad’s chief of strategy, described as ideal since the weather was more balanced and the natural distribution of light in the environment was more appropriate to the kind of stylized treatment the camera maker was going for. The results, as you might expect, are downright spectacular, a testament to the status of Hasselblad as one of the best in its fields. The production behind it certainly felt that way too, as Hasselblad pulled out all the stops to make sure the photo sessions were worth all the trouble, including using three drones from drone company DJI, one of which is considered the largest photographic drone available on the market today. Put all these pieces together and you have a photo shoot of a lifetime, as you can see from the incredible shots that we’re taken.
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2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS1
As the car world goes absolutely bananas over the release of the quarter-mile killing insane-o-mobile known as the Demon at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Koenigsegg is providing anyone with muscle car overload with a little respite. Say hello to the Agera RS1, a speedy Swedish meatball that’s far more car than the domestic straight-line one-trick pony from Dodge.
Koenigsegg first launched production of the Agera in 2011, and updated it by adding upgrades and special iterations every few years. The most notable of these is the venerable One:1, which was released at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014 with an incredible one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, producing one horsepower for every kg of curb weight.
The Agera RS could be considered a follow up to the One:1, using a lot of the same equipment but with a slightly less bonkers power-to-weight ratio. That said, it’s still very fast, offering an impressive 0.83 horsepower per kg.
Regardless, the Agera RS is an absolute performance powerhouse, framed as “the ultimate track tool” for buyers. This RS1 model is the first example off the production line, bearing a bespoke exterior and interior worthy of such a machine.
Only 25 Agera RS models will be built, all of which were spoken for as of January of last year. Read on for more info on what makes this thing so damn beastly.
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2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS ‘Gryphon’
Koenigsegg had a real winner on its hands when it introduced the 2010 Agera. So much so, that a number of other models like the Agera R, Agera S, and Agera X all came to be within just a few years. Then, in 2015, we were introduced to the Agera RS, a car that is billed as the “ultimate track tool” and slots above the Agera R, but below the One:1. Through a means of improved aerodynamics and weight reduction, the RS truly became a powerful track demon. Only 25 RS examples were built, all of which sold out quickly, with the first 10 being spoken for before the car even went into production. Now, two years later, Koenigsegg is coming back to the Geneva Motor Show with a new version of the RS, but this isn’t exactly a version you want to take on the track, even if it’s more than capable. Fitted with the optional 1MW engine, and doused with healthy doses of gold flake, this baby is the definition of special editions.
But, it’s not all about the gold flake and horsepower when it comes to the Agera RS Gryphon. This thing is prepped to be fully compliant with U.S. road regulations, which means you can drive this 1,360-horsepower beast from coast to coast if you really want to. There are plenty of cabin comforts and driving aids, and the roof can even be stored under the front hood. It’s a beautiful and well-appointed special edition, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it, and what makes it so special.
Updated 03/27/2016: We added a series of new images for the new Agera RS ‘Gryphon’. Check the "Pictures" tab to check them all.
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2016 Koenigsegg Agera RSR
The Koenigsegg Agera was launched in 2011, five years after the Swedish company introduced its first supercar, the CCX. Thoroughly redesigned inside and out, the Agera came with vast improvements compared to its predecessor, offering not just improved performance, but also a more luxurious interior and significantly more options for enhanced exclusivity. Over the years, Koenigsegg launched a few upgrades in the form of limited-edition models. The Agera R made its debut in 2011, followed by the Agera S in 2013. The more extreme One:1 with its outstanding power-to-weight ratio came in 2014, while the final iteration of the Agera, the RS, arrived in 2015. The nameplate is set to bow in 2016, when production of the Agera will come to a halt.
Koenigsegg unveiled the XS and the RS "Naraya," the first Agera RS models to be delivered in the U.S. and Europe, respectively, in August. Now, Koenigsegg has taken the wraps off the RSR, a limited-edition variant built exclusively for the Japanese market. Essentially a bespoke RS loaded with options, the RSR is limited to only three examples, a smaller fraction of the RS’ already scarce production run of just 25 units.
There is no official information as to who commissioned these models and if more RSR supercars will be sold in other markets, but given that the Agera RS is already sold out, it’s very unlikely to see more of them on the road.
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2016 Koenigsegg Agera RS "Naraya"
The Koenigsegg Agera was launched in 2010 as the company’s second supercar after the CC. Built until 2013 in just seven units, the Agera spawned several upgraded versions and special-edition models. The Agera R arrived in 2011, the Agera S came to be in 2012, while the One:1 "Megacar" was born in 2014. The latter is the most powerful Koenigsegg built to date and it also delivers the greatest power-to-weight ratio.
The Agera nameplate soldiered on into 2015 with the RS, built in only 25 units. In 2016, Koenigsegg began deliveries of the RS with two vehicles unveiled at special automotive events. The Agera XS, the first U.S.-spec model was showcased at the Monterey Car Week, the first supercar built for an European customer was unveiled at Salon Prive.
Much like all Ageras delivered since the nameplate’s arrival, the RS Naraya features unique details and color schemes inside and out. However, unlike most supercars built to date, the Naraya features gold leaf detailing, a procedure that’s rarely used on automobiles, including exclusive supercars and luxury sedans. The gold leaf was applied by a renowned Italian craftsman at the request of the vehicle’s owner.
As far as the "Naraya" nickname goes, Koenigsegg says it is a name "closely associated with his family," but doesn’t say who bought the car. The only hit we have about the customer is the right-hand drive, meaning that he resides in either the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta or Cyprus. Most likely, the owner is located in the U.K., a country known for being home to numerous collectors and wealthy car enthusiasts.
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2016 Koenigsegg Agera XS
The Koenigsegg Agera was launched in 2010 as the company’s second nameplate after the CC, which spawned the CCR, CCX, and other limited-edition models. Built until 2013 in just seven units, the Agera received several updates. The Swedish brand launched the Agera R in 2011, the Agera S in 2012, and the One:1 "Megacar" in 2014. The latter is the most powerful Koenigsegg built to date and it also delivers the greatest power-to-weight ratio. However, the Agera saga continued into 2015 with the RS, built in 25 units, and in 2016 with the Agera Final. Although the Final was the last Agera-based supercar, Koenigsegg unveiled a new bespoke supercar at the Monterey Car Week.
Dubbed Agera XS, it’s a one-off vehicle with custom features inside and out, as well as the first Agera created specifically for a U.S. customer. Just like the RS it is based on, the XS is an evolution of the One:1 and incorporates much of the technology developed for the "Megacar."
“It is a true pleasure for us to present the Agera XS at this year’s Monterey Car Week, especially as this is the first Agera RS that will be fully homologated for use on American roads. Our re-entry into the U.S. market is a watershed moment for our company and the Agera XS is the perfect car to emphasize this occasion," said Koenigsegg boss Christian von Koenigsegg.
Keep reading to find out more about it and stay tuned for updates.
Updated 08/18/2016: Our guy Jonathan Lopez is present at the 2016 Monterey Car Week and he took a series of shots for the new Koenigsegg Agera XS. Check them out in the picture gallery.
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2017 Koenigsegg Agera "Final" One of 1
If you were to travel just one year into the past and take a trip to the Geneva Auto Show, you would see an exciting debut of the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Move forward just ten months, and you would find that all 25 units of the Agera RS were already spoken for – making it the fastest selling model in the brand’s history. As you step forward into the present, you’ll find another Agera making its debut at the Geneva Auto Show, but this time, it is called the Koenigsegg One of 1 and it is a very special model.
The One of 1 is part of Koenigsegg’s Agera Final program that is designed to pay homage to the Agera RS and give owners an unprecedented input into the design and specification of the car. A total of three vehicles will be built under the Agera Final series. The thing about these three models is that each one, like the one seen here, will be completely unique. When it comes to the model displayed here, the customer wanted an Agera that was as close as possible to the One:1 performance-wise, while maintaining the roof window, luggage space, and stowable roof. Koenigsegg delivered in as fashionable a way as it could, debuting the first unique model at the Geneva Auto Show.
Since the Agera Final series is a three-car celebration of the sold-out Agera Range, Koenigsegg has opened its book of options to each customer, allowing any and every option to be selected as standard equipment. In addition, each model will also feature a bespoke aerodynamic treatment that will also set them apart from anything else out there. Some of the options that are now available at no cost include the 1MW engine upgrade, Aircore hollow carbon fiber wheels, and a clear or partially clear carbon finish.
So with that said, let’s take a close look at the “One of 1” and see what the customer chose to do with this totally unique Agera. One thing is for sure: we’ll never see another like it.
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In-car Footage of Koenigsegg Agera R Speeding Down the Autobahn
One of the best things about visiting Germany, or maybe even living there, is the Autobahn, the national highway with certain stretches of roadway with no regulated speed limit. That’s quite the thing to experience. But, imagine hitting that long stretch of unregulated roadway in a vehicle like the Koenigsegg Agera R.
Well, since chances are you’ll never get that chance, someone was nice enough to take an onboard video while riding in an Agera R that appears to hit more than 220 mph. We never really get a shot of the speedo, so we can’t say for sure, but those other cars certainly appear to be sitting still as the Agera rockets past them. And, is it just me, or does that Agera sound like it is about two seconds away from breaking the sound barrier?
Anyway, it is a short video, but well worth your time to watch. I actually watched it twice. I recommend you use headphones, or watch it in a place where you can really crank up the volume – you most certainly want to hear the therapeutic noise produced by that 5.0-liter, 1,140-horsepower engine. By the way, this is probably one of those videos you’ll want to bookmark for later. Once we get our hands on all the new virtual reality headsets that are about to debut, this video might prove to be one hell of a VR experience.
10 months after making its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Koenigsegg Agera RS has officially sold out, making it the fastest selling model in the company’s history. Yep, all 25 units of the Agera RS are already spoken for with deposits being made on all 25 cars.
Koenigsegg founder Christian von Koenigsegg made the announcement, commenting on the “instant classic” status of the Agera RS, and referring to the megacar as a “pinnacle project that has been wholly embraced by our customers and friends.” It’s hard not to argue with von Koenigsegg’s assessment here. The Agera RS, after all, is considered as the evolution of two previous Koenigsegg models - the Agera R and Agera S - and also includes applications that the company learned from developing the Koenigsegg One:1.
So in a lot of ways, the Agera RS is the product of years worth of experience building supercars, drawn up and developed by adhering to the principles that paved to way for its predecessors. No wonder all 25 units sold out as fast as they did.
On the technical side, the Agera RS is as fast and as powerful as any supercar in existence today. On top of all the technological wizardry and all its state-of-the-art features, the Agera RS is powered by a 5.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 engine that can produce a conservative 1,160 horsepower on 95 octane fuel. That number is conservative because, according to Koenigsegg, the car can reach higher power levels when it’s running on E85 flex fuel.
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A 26-year-old man in China crashed a Koenigsegg Agera R in what local Chinese media is reporting as a drunk-driving episode. The crash happened just after midnight on Sunday, November 29, 2015 in the Yubei District of Chongqing.
According to the People’s Daily Online, the driver was in an inebriated state when he lost control of the hypercar, sending the $4.1 million machine straight into a metal railing where it crashed head-on, destroying a big chunk of the front end of the car. CCTV footage near the site of the crash also showed the Agera R violently spinning after the initial impact, ripping open the rear clamshell in the process before sliding backwards into the center of the road in a heap.
Fortunately, the driver came out of the crash in good shape, but was reportedly held by Chinese police after the crash. There’s no word yet on whether the driver will face criminal charges, or whether he owned the Agera R he crashed in the first place. Separate reports have indicated that the actual owner of the Agera R is quite the exotic car connoisseur, having amassed a collection that also includes all three hybrid hypercars: the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1.
In another lucky break, the damage sustained by the Agera R doesn’t appear to be a death knell for the car. It can still be repaired, although the cost for doing so will likely make it one of the most expensive repairs for any one car in history. After all, only six Agera Rs exist in the world and if repairs are to be made on this one, the entire car is likely going to have to shipped all the way back to Koenigsegg’s headquarters in Sweden.
There are times when something so extraordinary happens that all we can do is sit back, take a deep breath, and shake our heads. This is one of those times.
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The United States of America has never been a key market for Koenigsegg, thanks in part to stringent homologation requirements that are as complicated as they are expensive. But now, the Swedish automaker is finally ready to take the first step in becoming a player in the U.S. market, and it’s doing it in grand style. According to a post on its official website, Koenigsegg will officially begin production of the first fully homologated and road-legal Agera RS for the U.S. market.
The car, specifically identified as chassis #128, is being built for a U.S.-based customer. To make the whole building process more special, Koenigsegg will spend the entire duration of the car’s production documenting the entire build from start to finish. Considering how every Koenigsegg car is hand-made in its factory in Ängelholm, Sweden, the documentation of this build is going to take at least six months. The company didn’t say how much of the process will be shown to the public, but rest assured, it’s going to be the closest we’ll ever get to seeing how one of the world’s fastest and most powerful cars in the world is manufactured from the ground-up.
In the long term, the company appears to be optimistic that it can build a stronger presence in the U.S. market. It’s still subject to a lot of wheeling and dealing to get the cars up to homologation standards in the market, but if the automaker is as serious about finally going to the U.S. as it’s saying it is, then we can be optimistic to see Koenigsegg begin terrorizing the roads in America.
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A day in the office typically involves spending a few minutes browsing through some auto classifieds. You never know when you might strike gold on a good deal, right? Well, a recent sweep of eBay ended with me staring at a Koenigsegg Agera R that has a “Buy It Now” price of $1.65 million.
The seller is British Motor Exotics, a US-based dealer that has a handful of used exotics at its disposal. I browsed through the dealer’s listings and it revealed a handful of Bentleys and Lamborghinis that are all for sale at pretty attractive prices. There’s even a $384,888 black SLR McLaren with only 6,682 miles on it and a $2.1 million, one-off Bugatti Veyron “Transformers Edition”. As appealing as these cars were, the Agera R was the one that really caught my attention because of its rarity and more importantly, its mileage. This bad boy only has 601 miles on its tires, which is roughly the equivalent of it being brand new.
To be clear, I have no intention of making a bid for it, let alone buy it outright. $1.65 million doesn’t grow on trees, and last I checked, the palm trees outside my house had no surprises waiting for me. So, I’m not going to be the proud owner of a Koenigsegg Agera R anytime soon. Tough luck, I know. But, just because I can’t buy it, that doesn’t mean I can’t point someone who might be interested in the right direction.
So here it is. Like i said, this particular Agera R is being sold for $1.65 million. It’s worth noting that the car has been listed once before at a price of $1.7 million. But that listing ended on November 9, 2015 with no takers. British Motor Exotics brought the car back up in a new listing, slashing $500,000 off of the initial asking price. The new listing will be up online for the next four days as British Motor Exotics continues to find a buyer for this incredibly rare Agera R. Rest assured, I’m going to keep tabs on it to see if someone would be willing to fork over that kind of money to own one of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world.
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The Gumball 3000 entry list usually consists of wealthy exotic car owners with more money than driving skill, but there are always a few exceptions to the rule. One is our very own Christian Moe, who participated in this year’s Gumball, and to our knowledge, is not a billionaire. Another is two-time and current defending Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who joined the 2015 Gumball to drive a Koenigsegg Agera S in the final stage.
Friend and software mogul David Heinemeier Hansson invited Hamilton to join him from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. The route took the rally through Death Valley, where temperatures hit over 105 degrees, which isn’t so bad when you’re behind the wheel of a Swedish hypercar with a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 producing 1,030 horsepower and 812 pound-feet of torque. It also doesn’t hurt knowing you have an ice-cold adult beverage waiting for you at the finish line in Vegas.
Today’s hypercars are so stinking fast, that most racetracks are nowhere near big enough to let them truly stretch their legs. Forget public roads. Consider the 217 mph, 950 horsepower Ferrari LaFerrari and 270 mph (theoretically), 960 horsepower Koenigsegg Agera — cars with enough power and speed to accidentally tip the planet’s rotational axis. This new level of performance has given rise to Vmax events, at which owners can fire their cars down a two-mile stretch of runway to see just how fast they actually are.
We’re really beginning to think our pal Shmee150 has some sort of self-replicating superpower, because the guy seems to be everywhere at once, including the Hypermax II event at the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground near Birmingham, England, where he witnessed this epic LaFerrari, Agera drag race. The K-egg has some trouble getting power down at the start, but begins to catch the red car, once aerodynamics become a factor. Place your bets, and watch to see which car is quickest.
How many New Yorkers does it take to put a Koenigsegg on a pedestal? If this video is any indication, the number appears to be four – two to spot, one to drive, and one to point out how the pedestals are so unoriginal. Shot at this year’s NYIAS, this video features probably the slowest-moving Agera you’ve ever seen, but it still sounds fantastic.
With so little ground clearance, it’s obvious these folks need to take their time, moving the high-dollar exotic with exacting precision. After all, it’s a customized one-off, and one of the precious few Ageras in the U.S. The HH in the name alludes to the vehicle’s owner, David Heinemeir Hanson. Hanson created the extremely popular Ruby on Rails programming language, and also owns a custom drop-top Pagani Zonda. The above-featured personalized Agera comes with hollow carbon-fiber wheels, more power, new aero, and an absolutely spectacular Monterey Blue paint job offset by bare carbon fiber.
Making all those lovely burbling noises is a 5.0-liter V-8 boosted by two turbochargers to well over a thousand horsepower, developed in-house by Koenigsegg. The cylinders use nano-surfaced sleeves for higher efficiency, and despite boasting output figures with four digits, it meets all standards for emissions and street legality (this one is apparently registered in Illinois, according to the license plate). It’s one of the fastest cars on the planet, and it looks amazing, even when simply parked on a four-inch riser.
What would you buy if you had $250,000 to blow on whatever you want? A house and a loaded German sedan? Or maybe skip on the house and place an order for the new McLaren 570S? Granted, there’s a lot of stuff you can buy with that amount, but you probably won’t spend it on a car key fob made of platinum, onyx, and a whole lot of diamonds. Unless it has a Koenigsegg emblem and comes with the Agera R, that is. And $250K doesn’t sound that expensive when it grants access to a $2.8-million supercar, right?
So what’s the deal with this key fob, which is probably the most expensive ever made? For starters, it’s circled with 40 carats of sparkly diamonds, and the rest of the fob is made of platinum and black onyx, both very expensive materials. Made by Optimal Innovative Solutions, the same company that makes diamond hood ornaments for Rolls-Royce, it’s actually just a custom, one-off piece and not a production item. It’s not yet available as on option with the Agera, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on the customizing list of other Koenigsegg supercars if there’s enough demand. For now, it’s just as impressive as the Agera R price-wise.
Not that I will be able to afford a Koenigsegg anytime soon, but I’d rather have mine with a carbon-fiber key fob. How about you?
Runways and supercars go together like Jeremy Clarkson and a hot meal – they just work.
Hence, we have events like Vmax200. Roping in some of the fastest cars on the planet, this UK-based acceleration fest has been running strong since 2002, playing host to countless exotics and top speed monsters through the years. It’s one of the few places where the full range of high-dollar mega machinery can actually use all that potential lurking under a heavy right foot, which means it’s exactly the kind of place you’d expect to see YouTube horsepower-hound Shmee150.
With his trusty camcorder at this side, Shmee was on point to record the battle of the winged Swedish meatballs, as two of Koenigsegg’s finest lined up for a showdown. In one lane, we have the CCX, an older model with a blown 4.7-liter V-8 producing 800 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration figures include a 0-to-62 mph time of 3.2 seconds, 0-to-124 mph time of 9.8 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 245 mph.
In the other lane, there’s the dark horse of the race: the one-off Agera N. Information is hard to find on the N, but from what I can tell, it’s basically a modified Agera S.
Compounding the complexity, we find ourselves with a wet track and live flagger dropping his arms for the off. With mere mortals behind the wheel, getting a decent reaction time and traction at the launch will be difficult at best.
So then – who will win? Let the bench racing flame war begin.
Supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg is planning to increase its dealer presence in North America. According to Auto Guide, quoting Koenigsegg’s North American sales director, Jens Sverdrup, the Swedish brand wants to have five authorized retailers in North America by the end of 2015. Koenigsegg opened its first store in New York City in 2014, and three more dealers have been chosen so far.
The company recently announced that Lake Forrest Sports Cars of Chicago will become its second retailer, while Lamborghini Calgary, who will be selling Koenigsegg cars in the Canadian market, will become the third dealer to sell the company’s exotics in North America. The Swedes also added Weissach Performance, which sells Porsches, Lamborghinis, Lotuses and Bugattis in Vancouver, as its second Canadian dealer.
Sverdrup didn’t say where the next dealership will be, but did mention that it will be located in a "strategic area." Since Koenigsegg has yet to open a dealership in the South, it’s probably safe to assume it will be looking for a partner somewhere in that area.
Koenigsegg is currently building three models, the Agera S, Agera R, and the One:1, which is limited to only six units, all of which have already been sold. At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg introduced two new models, the Agera RS and the Regera, a 1,489-horsepower hybrid.
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There is no shortage of horsepower coming from the Koenigsegg stable these days, but two introductions at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show seems to prove that there’s no such thing as too much power. Alongside the 1,500-horsepower Regera hybrid megacar, Koenigsegg has also used its home-turf motor show to reveal a track-focused version of the Agera: the Agera RS.
Slotting in between the 1,124-horsepower Agera R and the 1,341-horsepower One:1, the 2015 Koenigsegg Agera RS focuses on improved aerodynamics and power and weight reduction to make this car the “ultimate track tool.” As an analogy, the Agera RS will be to the One:1 what the 911 GT3 is to the 911 Turbo, giving up some top-end power in the name of enhanced handling and cornering abilities.
After all, once you get above 1,000 horsepower, is there really that big a difference? To that question, the Agera RS is an emphatic and high-priced “yes.”
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As much as I love supercars, I’ve never been a fan of the Bugatti Veyron. Despite Bugatti’s claims, the Veyron has nothing to do with the brand’s racing origins. Unlike the EB110, the Veyron wasn’t developed with racing in mind. Bugatti built it for the sole purpose of becoming the world’s fastest production car in its attempt to shatter a record McLaren had held since 1993. I could also mention I find its potato-shaped design rather ugly, but I’m well aware that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Rants aside, from a performance standpoint, the Bugatti Veyron is indeed spectacular. It can hit in excess of 260 mph and it needs only 2.6 seconds to charge from 0 to 60 mph. However, these figures only tell part of the story. There’s Top Gear’s infamous Veyron vs F1 drag race, which the Bugatti won, but there’s a new video that proves the French hypercar has its own flaws, mainly a 4,162-pound weight problem.
The footage in question brings together the Veyron and the Koenigsegg Agera R, which has 1,140 horsepower, 43 fewer than its French counterpart. In the acceleration contest above, held at Germany’s Paupenberg track, the racing starts from 50 km/h (31 mph) and goes beyond 350 km/h (217 mph). Click play for the outcome.
The limited Koenigsegg lineup will apparently be expanding as soon as the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, with the Swedish supercar manufacturer teasing a so-called Agera RS model on its official Facebook page. This will not be the first Geneva Motor Show where Koenigsegg has brought something new, with last year’s edition of the show hosting the world premiere of the bonkers Koenigsegg One:1, named for its 1,360 PS (1,341 horsepower) and 1,360 kg (2,998-pound) weight.
While the Swedes have been tight-lipped about any information other than the upcoming model’s name, it is believed that the Agera RS may either slot between the Agera R and the One:1 or will simply be a track-only version of the Agera, in the style of the Pagani Zonda R and the Ferrari FXX K.
What can be known is that it will have a new version of the twin-turbocharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 found in every other current Koenigsegg. As a reminder, the powerplant develops 1,030 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque in the base Agera S and plenty more in the insane One:1. Other than a different amount of power, the model may also get some new suspension parts and likely a new bodykit, my guess being that it may look like a One:1 on steroids from most points of view.
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Since being founded in 1994, Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg has only built 115 cars, so you’d be forgiven for not realizing they were never officially sold in North America. According to Car and Driver, that’s all set to change in 2015 when Koenigsegg will be officially launching in the United States and Canada.
Its numbers have probably earned a permanent place in your memory banks, but Koenigsegg’s latest and greatest is the One:1. and It comes with 1,340 horsepower and has a dry weight of 1,340 kg (around 2950 pounds). In other words, horsepower per kilogram. Top speed is estimated to be around 248 mph and 0 to 60 is dispatched in 2.8 seconds.
So, why does all this matter? Because Manhattan Motorcars in New York City has been tipped to sell the one and only One:1 that is officially slated to be exported to North America. That’s more than a little ironic, since Manhattan has to be on some list of worst places in the world to drive a car with 1,340 horsepower, that’s nearly seven feet wide and sits just about three inches off the ground. It also won’t be fully road legal. The owner will only be allowed to drive the car on the road under “show and display” conditions, but that sounds like a provision with plenty of loopholes.
In addition to the New York dealership, Car and Driver says there will be three more opening in the U.S. and Canada, which will sell the more plebian Koenigsegg Agera (it makes do with just 1,140 horsepower) and a new Koenigsegg to be announced last year. Federalizing a car is no small deal for a boutique manufacturer. North America-bound Koenigseggs will include smart airbags, which is a component that more established small manufacturers like Lotus and Aston Martin have had trouble with.
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Koenigsegg has long insisted that it created the fastest cars in the world, on the street or on the track. Sadly, when you are a company as small as Koenigsegg finding the facilities to test those claims can be very difficult; just ask Hennessey. Still, the crew from Sweden is not giving up on its dreams and if this report from Car and Driver is correct, it will soon look to prove its speed credentials on the only track that seems to matter: the Nurburgring.
Porsche made a huge splash earlier this year when the 2014 918 Spyder hybrid busted down the 7-minute barrier with a lap of 6:57 around the Green Hell, but the Swedes are coming to shake things up in a big way. The automaker plans on actually busting the record twice. It’s going to start with an Agera R; a car that holds a 237-horsepower and 560-pound weight advantage over the Porsche 918. Company test driver Robert Serwanski feels that taking the lap record from the 918 won’t prove to be a Hurculean task, and that is just the start. Once the company completes the lap in the Agera R, it is going to roll out its fastest machine the One:1 to go for a few laps.
While Koenigsegg won’t agree to any solid targets, it says that in ideal conditions a lap “in the 6:30s” should be possible. Not only would that take the record for road-legal production cars, that would strip the title of “World’s Fastest” from the Pagani Zonda R that holds the record in the non-streetable class with a 6:47.50 lap time.
If this happens, it will be hard to dispute Koenigesgg’s claim that it does, in fact, make the fastest car in the world.
We can’t wait to see that footage.
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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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The Koenigsegg Agrea R is undoubtedly a fast car. Its 5.0-liter V-8 is force-fed by twin turbos that help it crank out 1,140 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque. But what happens when you swap out the stock turbos for something a little larger? How about 1,400 horsepower. Yep, that’s exactly what we’ve got here, and boy does it sound angry.
This Agera R and its Lamborghini Aventador wingman bomb some European country roads. The Koenigsegg makes itself well-know thanks to its ferociously loud exhaust, turbo spool, and screeching tires. Just listen to that sound. It’s pure madness wrapped in a car body.
In stock form, the Agera R rockets to 60 mph in a blistering 2.8 seconds and has a top speed of more than 273 mph. We can only guess the extra 260 horsepower would drop its 0-to-60-mph time a few tenths while expanding its top speed by a few miles per hour. Then again, the added grunt might make hooking up that much more difficult. There are several instances in the video of the $1.6 million hypercar slipping sideways at speed; the tires were just unable to hold the road.
Make sure you can turn the volume up for this video. The amount of turbo swooshing is addicting. It’s amplified even more by a few tunnels on the route, making the monstrous sound echo like Godzilla screaming while stomping New York City.
Koenigsegg is developing a tweaked version of the Agera R in preparation for a record run at the Nurburgring. That and a host of other topics were discussed when French auto site L’Automobile Sportive spent a day with founder Christian von Koenigsegg and regional director and head of sales Jens Sverdrup at the Koenigsegg headquarters in Ängelholm, Sweden.
Koenigsegg’s statement immediately set off the alarm in our heads. Could it be aiming to unseat Radical, specifically the SR8LM and its record lap time of 6:48 around the Green Hell? Is this “tweaked” Agera R an actual production model that Koenigsegg plans to sell in the future? Unfortunately, von Koenigsegg didn’t disclose specific details of its planned run at the Nubrugring record, although he did add that once the Agera R accomplishes what it sets out to do, the company is turning its attention to its one-megawatt hypercar, the One:1, and giving it a list of records to chase after.
Speaking of the One:1, the conversation with L’Automobile Sportive also unearthed some details of Koenigsegg’s business methods not a lot of people are aware of. The company’s disposition to develop car components in-house was was a nice talking point because doing so allows Koenigsegg to fit the technology it creates specifically for their cars.
Sverdup points to Koenigsegg’s double-clutch gearbox as proof. The gearbox is the only one of its kind that has “one single shaft," and at just 81 kg (178.6 pounds), it’s also the lightest gearbox used in supercars today and is the same one used for all of the brand’s Agera models.
This gearbox is a testament to the success Koenigsegg has had in developing its own technology. This aggressive approach allows the company to trademark its inventions and sell them to other manufacturers, something Christian von Koenigsegg admitted was a part of its “financial resources”.
But not all components are built in-house. Some, like the V-8 engines, have to be built somewhere else because Koenigsegg doesn’t have the resources to do it on its own. In the case of the engine, the company told L’Automobile Sportive that it doesn’t have a foundry that produces metal castings so that part of the engine build is sent to a company in the UK where the block is casted to Koenigsegg’s specifications.
The turbochargers are another out-sourced technology, which von Koenigsegg said are built by Indiana-based aftermarket company Precision Turbo & Engine.
Finally, von Koenigsegg admitted that the company has had internal discussions on the possibility of building lower-priced cars. No significant progress has been made from these talks, but the door is open, even if it’s just slightly ajar.
In this instance, it’s probably best that we keep our fingers crossed and hope that door flies open soon and we see “more affordable” Koenigsegg supercars in dealerships.
Danish programmer David Heinemeir Hanson is a person you may not have heard of, but I guarantee he has impacted your life. This gentleman created a web application framework called Ruby on Rails. It powers some of the largest sites in the world like Hulu, Funny or Die, and the even the earlier versions of Twitter where RoR creations. Thanks to this, David has quite a stockpile of cash, and he uses that money to indulge in his lust for petrol. David likes to contact some of his favorite automakers to request custom one-off “HH” models of cars for his collection. His latest delivery is a custom Koenigsegg Agera HH, and it looks stunning it is metallic blue paint.
While his cars are incredible things to look at, being exclusive one-only models, you are very unlikely to ever see one, which makes videos like this one all the more incredible. It appears that David and his new Agera were wandering around Malibu, California. Thankfully some fellow enthusiasts with a video camera were around, and we have footage (and glorious audio) of this unique hypercar running around on public roads.
You know how this works. Turn up that volume, press play, and then enjoy a few minutes of supercar bliss.
Nothing like a bit of angry supercar noise to get you through the day. This dose of anger and petrol explosions comes to us courtesy of Koenigsegg. We have an Agera in grey, and an Agera R in white. Both of these machines are filmed doing some start up, some drive-bys, and a few shots idling.
There is no music or commentary; it is just pure noise and supercar sheet metal. If you pay close attention, there is also just a dash of Porsche as some of the cars are getting ready to head out onto the track at this supercar event.
It may not be the most exciting, or highest-quality car video you have seen today, but sometimes all you really want is a good look at some cool supercars, and a little bit of that burbling exhaust to go with it. No muss, no fuss; just awesome cars being awesome.
Press “play” and enjoy; of course, make sure those speakers are turned up as well.
On paper, this may seem like a very silly race. A “low-level” supercar in the McLaren 650S, a hybrid Porsche 918 and an ultra-exotic Koenigsegg Agera R with a top speed of more than 250 mph all lined up for a drag race. Who will win? Obviously since we are interested in this at all, the results will be surprising.
For once I am going to go ahead and spoil things for you by saying that the 918 wins. It may not have a top speed anywhere near the Agera R’s, but thanks to that instant electric torque and AWD, it launches from the line like a rocket. The real interesting story is the McLaren 650S. Considering it is the cheapest and slowest McLaren you can currently buy, it has no place in this fight, but it holds its own surprisingly well.
It just goes to show that even the slowest of the supercars are blindingly quick, especially over short distances in a straight line. Press that little play button to get an eyeful of horsepower, as there are about 2500 raging ponies between these three pieces of metal and carbon fiber. There is also a good bit of roaring exhaust noise, but sadly the quality isn’t the best, so don’t worry about cranking the volume too high on this one.
Why do you think the McLaren did so well in this race? Is the Agera being driven by a rookie? Does the 650S have more power than McLaren says? I want to read your opinions in the comments. As always, I’ll come back later and comment on what you guys said.
Supercar companies spend a lot of time testing their vehicles, and with so much time and effort being put into testing, accidents are bound to happen. Some involve minor mishaps that are taken care of immediately, while other take a little more time to fix. However, there are accidents that nobody wants to happen and usually these are the types that end with somebody getting hurt.
Unfortunately, that’s what happened to Koenigsegg during a recent test run at the Nurburgring. The Swedish supercar manufacturer spent a few days on the ‘Ring with the One:1 and an Agera R-based prototype. Our spy photographers reported that the testing was going smoothly until the Agera R prototype got involved in a major accident, violently crashing into the barriers at the track.
Photos of the crash’s aftermath show the mule suffering some damage to the front and rear sections but more importantly, both the driver and the passenger were also hurt with the former sadly receiving the brunt of the crash. The speed photos we got were apparently taken a little over a minute before the unfortunate accident.
Hopefully, the driver and the passenger of the Agera R recover from their injuries sooner than later. Nobody wants to see something like this happen, especially on what is supposed to a controlled test session.
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Koenigsegg isn’t just content with being an exclusive brand for the rich and super rich; it also wants to cater to people who can’t afford their supercars. So the company is thinking of adding an entry-level model in its mix, although by its definition of "entry-level", it’s talking about a car that costs just $600,000. The company’s dictionary sure is a lot different from the rest of us.
Speaking to Motoring Australia at the New York Auto Show, Christian Von Koenigsegg expressed his plan to add a little diversity to the Koenigsegg lineup. Instead of just offering hypercars that come with seven-digit price tags, Von Koenigsegg is looking to add a new model that will only cost six digits, or to be more specific only twice as expensive as a Lamborghini Aventador.
We can make light of Koenigsegg’s relative idea of "entry-level", but we can’t deny that such a car sounds no less interesting than its current models. He indicated that this model will still retain a high degree of exclusivity that should bode well for those wanting a Koenigsegg but can’t afford the $1.3 million price tag of the Agera. There are people with that kind of money, especially in the Chinese and U.S. markets replete with car-loving individuals that have the deep pockets to match their thirst for speed and exclusivity.
Koenigsegg didn’t divulge a whole lot of details about this "entry-level" supercar, but you have to wonder what the timetable is for this car’s arrival.
Here’s to hoping it’s sooner rather than later.
Click past the jump to read more about the current Koenigsegg Agera R.
The fourth episode of Inside Koenigsegg’s web series on the Koenigsegg One:1 megacar has just been released, and this time around, Christian Von Koenigsegg talked about the advantages of a technology the company used to develop the insane exotic: 3D print.
In case you didn’t know, 3D printing is a process by which a three-dimensional object is made from a digital model. The objects are created and achieved through additive process, a step where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes by way of laser scanning. That’s the basic gist of it, but Koenigsegg dives even deeper into how the technology is being used on the One:1.
In this instance, Koenigsegg explained how 3D printing was used to give Koenigsegg the freedom to design components that could be used exclusively on the supercar. The company boss also talked about the advantages of metal 3D printing and how the company’s low volume manufacturing of its car justifies the cost of printing 3D metal parts to create materials that are unique from their competitors.
It’s arguably the most fascinating of the four episodes that have been released so far. We’ve heard a lot about 3D printing in the past couple of years, but the way Koenigsegg used the technology on the One:1 just speaks to the kind of out-of-the-box thinking the company prides itself in.
The title of the story isn’t a misprint, nor is it an overdue April Fool’s joke. But it is pretty silly, isn’t it? A Ford Focus taking on a Koenigsegg Agera R? Clearly, this isn’t going to end well for the Focus with an even race. But what if the odds were stacked a little bit in favor of the Ford hatchback? Say a half-mile headstart in a mile-long race with the Agera R? That’s like asking me to race Usain Bolt with a 50-meter headstart in a 100-meter race.
The results of this Focus versus Agera R race may surprise given the conditions being set. But it’s not the kind of surprise you’re likely to expect because, quite frankly, the Koenigsegg Agera R is one hellacious machine the likes of which very few cars in this world can even come close to matching.
Koenigsegg’s highly entertaining web series, Inside Koenigsegg, has returned for a second season. This time around, the Swedish builder isn’t wasting any time; it’s jumping right in to discuss the car that’s got everybody’s attention in the auto world these days: the Koenigsegg One:1.
Even with its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, there’s still an air of mystery surrounding the Koenigsegg One:1 that a lot of people couldn’t point to. Maybe it’s because Koenigsegg has been mum on its performance capabilities, or that it’s come out and said that top speed wasn’t a priority in building the ridiculous supercar.
Whatever it’s intentions are, the company did elaborate on a few things in the first episode of Inside Koenigsegg’s second season. For one, the nomenclature of the supercar was finally explained. According to Christian von Koenigsegg, "One:1" is a reference to its power-to-weight ratio, which is, well, 1:1. That’s unheard of, even with all the technological advancements the industry has achieved in recent years.
So, in essence, the One:1 produces 1,340 horsepower and has a curb weight of (that’s a fully fueled up car, mind you), you guessed it, 1,340 kilograms (2,954 pounds). If you dive into more interesting performance measurements about the One:1, the output it produces is right around 1 megawatt, making it in von Koenigsegg’s words "the first megacar ever built".
That combination is jut mind-blowing, if you think about it. Much more so when you take into consideration that von Koenigsegg describing the One:1 as the most extreme car the company has ever built isn’t somebody trying to blow smoke up our you-know-whats.
The man means it and judging by the product he and his outstanding team of engineers have created, it’s words that you can take to the bank.
The Koenigsegg One:1 has gotten loads of press lately, and for good reason. It captured the elusive unicorn of the automotive world by hitting the 1 horsepower per kg rating, and it captured all of our hearts in the process. With 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque flowing from its 5.0-liter V-8, it was only a matter of time before one of the car video games inserted the digital version of it, and that day is here.
Need For Speed Rivals is the first to insert the digital One:1 into its game by way of downloadable content. What’s more, the One:1 Pack is 100-percent free of charge. EA Games could have easily turned a profit by charging a few bucks for what’s likely to be one of the hottest DLCs of the year, but it instead decided to be fair to the game owners and give it away. That’s just good business there, folks.
The DLC first hit the Internet on March 4th, and is available for all major platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC. So snag it up in your system’s respective marketplace and have yourself a One:1 on EA Games’ dime — well, digitally that is...
Click past the jump to read more about the One:1 from Koenigsegg.