Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg makes some of the fastest supercars around. And with the ability to go from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds up to a maximum speed of 260 mph, the Koenigsegg Agera R is no exception. Truth is, it’s built to reach 270 mph, but is capped electronically at 235 mph.
The Agera R is powered by a 5.0L VA Twin Turbo engine and can run on multiple fuel types including bio-fuels as well as regular 95 octane gas. Koenigsegg was one of the first to work toward green technology and the use of bio-fuels beginning in 2007.
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The Koenigsegg’s Triplex rear suspension connects a shock absorber and coil spring to each rear wheel. This allows the car to be raised or lowered on demand to achieve the desired height. To increase performance, Koenigsegg introduce a dynamic rear wing to the Agera. Wings that lift automatically at high speeds are available in many sports cars. But the Agera R wing uses the pressure of winds at high speeds to reduce wind resistance by forcing the wing downward. This is lighter and less cumbersome than in other sports cars and allows for the ability to instantly compensate for headwind or tailwinds.
The tires on the Agera R were specifically made for it by Michelin. These fit on wheels specifically designed to act as air-turbines that cool the brakes. The spokes and middle of the wheels are in one piece with the rest of the wheel but are completely hollow. This weight reduction makes an enormous difference when it comes to performance. Koenigsegg says, “Simply put, reducing the rotational mass not only gives less unsprung weight and a lighter car, but it also increases the dynamic power that goes into the ground while accelerating or braking.”
The Agera R has a detachable and storable hardtop, making this roadster a combination of performance and usability. The interior of the Agera R is as luxurious and comfortable as you would expect. The Agera is available in left or right hand drive. Other Options include: fitted luggage, special leather and colors, fully visible carbon fiber body panels, Inconel exhaust, front winglets, rear-view camera, heated seats, a ski box for the roof and a winter wheel package. At a manufacturer’s suggested retail price in excess of $1,611,000, a few options are a nice thing to have.
The 2013 version of the Agera R adds new features and solutions to enhance both appearance and performance. These include the new Aero exhaust, new front side winglets, and the revolutionary Aircore carbon fiber wheels as well as increased power that raises the top speed to 273 mph. The new front winglets give more down force but also reduce drag.
Koenigsegg makes these improvements with a determination to counter the supremacy of the Bugatti brands and the Agera R is in direct response to the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport which already has a recorded top speed of 267 mph.
Koenigsegg’s company philosophy is focused solely on performance. Koenigsegg says “Nothing is insignificant. The way we choose our raw materials, our staff, the setup of our facilities, our software, tools, systems and maintenance. Everything. Every aspect of the development process is focused on performance, not only in terms of power and speed, but in every deliverable. From powertrain to safety – every part must enable the car to deliver the best possible performance.” This commitment shows in the way the Agera R is magnificently hand crafted with great attention to detail.
Sometimes words like “awesome” and “extreme” get overused and tend to lose their meaning. But that’s not the case with Koenigsegg’s Agera R. Awesome and extreme just begin to describe this amazing vehicle.