It is common knowledge that Koenigsegg makes some of the fastest supercars around. And the latest import from Sweden, the 2011 Koenigsegg Agera R is no exception.
Just how fast is this exotic two-door hyper-machine? Well, suffice it to say that the Agera R is hot on the Bugatti Veyron Super Sportâ€™s tail clocking in at a blisteringly fast 0-168 mph in just 14.53 seconds. Although not yet completely verified, this performance proves that it wonâ€™t be long before Koenigsegg overtakes Bugatti and claim for itself the title of being the worldâ€™s fastest supercar.
This new car which only debuted at the Geneva Motor Show is so hot that the Royal Family of Oman snatched one up even before it was revealed at the said show. If this is any indication of the kind of future the Agera R will have in the world of supercars, then surely the renowned Bugatti Veyron Super Sport may soon relinquish its throne in favor of the Agera R.
So what makes the Koenigsegg Agera R sizzle?
Powering the Agera R is a Koenigsegg-developed 5.0L V8 Twin Turbo engine. This robust behemoth generates a mind-blowing 1,115hp at 6,900 rpm all the way to 7,250 rpm. All this power is coupled with an impressive 885lb-ft of torque at 4100rpm. All this impeccable figures translates to a demonic 0-60mph acceleration of just 2.9 seconds!
And the wonders of this car do not stop at the engine specifications alone.
For instance, the Agera R can run on multiple fuel types such as E85 and E100 bio-fuels, as well as regular 95 octane gas. The bio-fuels gives the car maximum horsepower as power output is reduced by about 100hp and 100lb-ft torque when regular fuel is used. Still, that feature is quite surprising by any standards.
Another note-worthy feature of the car is its suspension system. Koenigsegg names it the Triplex rear suspension. This ingenious suspension set up connects a shock absorber and coil spring to each rear wheel. This configuration enables the car to be raised or lowered on demand because each wheel can affect the other as the extra spring partners in series with the normal suspension and dampers to achieve the desired height.
The Agera R is such a unique and powerful supercar that Koenigsegg had to design the wheels and tires specifically for it. The geniuses at Koenigsegg made wheels that act as air-turbines to keep the brakes cool. The tires were made by Michelin specifically for the Agera R to slay the Veyron SS as each tire is capable of reaching 260 mph.
Exterior & Interior
If the beast that powers the Agera R is not enough to make your heart goes racing, then surely its interior and jaw-dropping exterior surely will. Letâ€™s start with the carâ€™s over-all look. The Agera R as shown at the Geneva show reminds one of a cross between the Lotus driven by James Bond as he cruised the Swiss Alps and another movie icon, Speed Racer.
The Agera R is equipped with an intelligently designed and dynamic rear wing. Unlike other wings that lift automatically at high speeds, the Agera Râ€™s wing uses the wind pressure created at high speed to force the wing downward to create wind resistance. Through this, Koenigsegg was able to come up with a smarter and lighter wing that instantly compensates for headwind or tailwind.
Luxury is paramount at the Agera Râ€™s interiors. Satnav, MP3/USB compatibility, climate control, plush leather etc. and more come standard on the Agera R. Quite notable though is its â€œTop Speedâ€ mode accessible via the infotainment system. Although not a separate key as what is found in the Bugatti, it still provides the driver direct access to unlock the true potential of the Agera R.
You like the Agera R, donâ€™t you? If you have $1.6M to spare, you can have one of the best rides of your life.
|Vehicle Type: Super Sport Coupe||Base Price: $1,600,000.00|
|Length: 169 in. (429 cm)||Width: 78.6 in. (199 cm)|
|Height: 44.1 in. (112 cm)||Wheel Base: 104.8 in. (266 cm)|
|Curb Weight: 3163 lbs (1435 kg)||Ground Clearance: 3.94 in. (10 cm)|
|Luggage Capacity: NA cu ft||Maximum Seating: 2 people|
|Engine: 5.0 liter Twin Turbo V8||Compression Ratio: 9.0: 1|
|Horsepower: 1115 HP||Max RPM: 6900 RPM|
|Torque: 885 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm||Transmission: 7-Speed Dual clutch|
|0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds||Top Speed: 260 mph|