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.
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.
Video of the Day: The Koenigsegg One:1 Lays The Smack Down On The Bugatti Chiron in Forza 7
The Koenigsegg One:1 and the Bugatti Chiron are two of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. It’s a shame that we haven’t seen these two hypercars share a drag strip together, but for those who are wondering which of these two exotics is faster than the other, wonder no more. YouTube user Ericship111 lined them up together on Forza 7 for an old-fashioned drag race, and the result may surprise you. The Swedish hypercar thoroughly dismantled its French rival, leaving it in its dust without even batting an eyelash.
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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Koenigsegg Brings Two Special Regeras To Geneva
Koenigsegg is no stranger to flexing its muscles at the Geneva Motor Show. This year, the Swedish automaker is doing the double-showcase routine with a pair of other-worldly Regera hypercars. Koenigsegg says that these Regeras imbibe the company’s dual personalities of sportiness and elegance. Promo phrases aside, these Regeras are what they are. They’re objects of automotive lust, exotic hell-raisers that were put on this earth for all of us to drool over. Let the drooling commence in Geneva.
It’s Not in the Works but an Electric Koenigsegg is a Real Possibility
Koenigsegg doesn’t have an all-electric car to its name, but Christian von Koenigsegg isn’t closing the doors on making one. The automaker’s CEO was in attendance at the Canadian International Auto Show and spoke to Autoguide about the possibility of ever seeing an all-electric Koenigsegg down the road. It’s something the company is interested in doing, but there are issues that need to be addressed before an all-electric Koenigsegg can become a reality.
Amazing Video – Crash Testing A Koenigsegg Regera
When it comes to the very tippity top of the supercar and hypercar pyramid, it’s easy to forget that, at the end of the day, these incredible machines are still cars. You know, like real physical objects that exist in the world, as opposed to, say, time machines or inter-dimensional spaceships or hopes and dreams. And, as actual physical objects, these cars sometimes run into things, and because they have ludicrously powerful engines, they sometimes run into things really friggin’ fast. The point, if you’ve stuck with me this far, dear reader, is that supercars and hypercars need to be crash tested, and as a result, we get awesome videos like this.
Watching a $2 million, carbon-fiber-everything bedroom poster get smashed and bashed in a battery of tests is entertaining, no doubt about it, with the poor coupe getting the raw end of the deal from just about every single angle. Hell, the testers even took a giant sledge hammer to it, swinging for the fences on the bumper and under carriage. They also slammed the scissor doors a few times and ran over a curb at speed.
All told, it looks like Mr. von Koenigsegg and crew did a fantastic job, as the Regera appeared to take it all in stride. As a reminder, the Regera comes equipped with rear-/mid-engine twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 pumped up by no less than three electric motors. Peak output is rated 1,797 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear axle by way of a high-tech fixed-gear transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes 2.7 seconds, with the top speed electronically limited at 255 mph.
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.
2010 Koenigsegg Trevita
As contradictory as it might sound, there’s no shortage of low-production supercar manufacturers out there. Most offer exclusivity and outrageous performance, but few can match the jaw-dropping craftsmanship and build quality of Koenigsegg. Hand-built, fully bespoke, and lovingly finished, any car from the Angelholm-based automaker comes stuffed with insane technology and world-beating go-fast engineering, all the way down to the smallest of details. Amazingly, the Trevita manages to take all that goodness a step further thanks to its unique exterior aesthetic.
At a basic level, you could describe the Trevita as a limited-edition variant of the Koenigsegg CCXR Edition. The name means “three whites” in Swedish, a reference to the model’s extreme rarity and standout exterior hue.
While other composite supercars show their weaves in raw black (or, occasionally, a colored tint), the Trevita boasts white carbon fiber, created in-house using a unique manufacturing process. The resulting material gives off an enticing silver glean, which, applied to a car, creates a “diamond on wheels.”
Updated 08/18/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.
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2019 Koenigsegg Sedan
Established in 1994, Koenigsegg is already 23 years old as of 2017. And for a 23-year-old company, it has developed into quite the successful business. It all started with variations of the CC in the early 2000s and continued with the Agera in 2010. In 2015, the Swedish firm launched the Regera, its first ever hybrid. Come 2017 and Koenigsegg is working on brand-new vehicles, one of which is most likely a four-door sedan.
Although not yet confirmed for production, the sedan is more than a rumor, having been discussed by the Swedish brand in many interviews. While it made it pretty clear that it won’t build an SUV (for now), Koenigsegg did admit that a four-door sedan is in the making. Not only the company’s first vehicle that isn’t a supercar, but it could also be the first high-performance luxury sedan with close to (or even more than) 1,000 horsepower. There’s no information as to when the four-door will hit the market, but it’s unlikely that it will happen before the 2019 model year.
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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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2020 Koenigsegg SUV
Established in 1994, Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg has developed into a notable sports car builder quite rapidly. The CCR and CCX of the mid-2000s placed the brand on the automotive map, while the Agera, introduced in 2010, established its reputation as a solid maker of limited-edition supercars. The One:1 and the Regera further cemented its place among iconic companies such as Ferrari, Bugatti, and McLaren. Come 2017 and Koenigsegg is working on new products, including a four-door sedan. Word has it we might also see an SUV in its lineup in the future, but Christian von Koenigsegg said, back in 2016, that such a project won’t happen. However, we believe that a people hauler is definitely on the company’s drawing table.
While it might not arrive in the immediate future, an SUV wearing the Koenigsegg badge is likely to happen beyond 2020. With Bentley having already joined the market and Lamborghini set to do the same by the end of 2017, Koenigsegg will probably find it difficult to say no in a few years. SUVs are becoming increasingly popular, and a high-performance luxury model would be quite popular among folks with deep pockets. That’s exactly why we created a rendering of a Koenigsegg SUV and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.
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Koenigsegg Is All Out Of Regera Supercars
In case you’re in the final stages of formalizing a payment plan to pay for the $1.9 million Koenigsegg Regera supercar, you might need to call a halt to the proceedings. Your luck just ran out. See, Koenigsegg only produced 80 examples of the Regera, and all are now accounted for. Word of the “disappointing” development comes straight from Koenigsegg, with a post on the company blog. The car Koenigsegg describes as a “tour de force of technology” is officially sold out.
It’s an impressive achievement to sell $152 million worth of Regeras in such a short amount of time. Remember, the 1,500-horsepower supercar was introduced just 15 months ago at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Considering its price and outright exclusivity, it’s amazing to think that all 80 units now have buyers. There is some good news, though, if you’re still in denial about missing out on the cars. Koenigsegg didn’t identify those who scored one, but it did indicate the possibility of finding any of the 80 Regeras in local dealerships. That could mean that an unspecified number of these supercars were bought to be resold. You’ll definitely have to pay a bigger premium for these cars than you intended, but hey, that’s the price you have to pay for waiting longer than you should have to get yours.
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Christian Von Koenigsegg Talks Autonomous Cars: Video
Christian von Koenigsegg is a brilliant, fascinating individual. As the founder of Koenigsegg Automotive, the 44 year-old Swede has created some of the fastest, most technologically advanced sports cars on the planet, including such greats as the world-beating One:1, a car that boasts one horsepower for every kg of curb weight. Managing a spec sheet like that is no small feat, and Koenigsegg himself has been instrumental in coming up with much of the engineering magic that makes his cars such incredible performers. And with that technical mindset comes an interesting perspective, especially when applied to subjects typically at odds with speed and driver engagement – like autonomous vehicles, for example. Our friends over at /Drive sat down with Mr. Koenigsegg to discuss the issue, and the result is this intriguing 12-minute, 30-second video interview.
Unsurprisingly, the interviewer begins the discussion by mentioning Tesla, and Koenigsegg relates his own experience driving on public roads behind the wheel of his personal Model S. Other topics include how autonomous vehicles will change the industry, what skills will be needed in the transition to full autonomy, privacy and data, and how new generations will see cars in the future.
With regards to when we’ll see the age of no steering wheel transportation pods, Koenigsegg has this to say: “I think it’s much closer than people realize.”