The exclusive world of supercars and hypercars is one filled with fine edge automotive engineering, exotic materials, and brilliance in marketing. Koenigsegg is one such company which strives for perfection in every aspect of their fine vehicle having been able to capture many top honours around the world since its inception in 1994. Founded by Christian von Koenigsegg in Sweden, Koenigsegg first produced their street-legal supercar in 2002 after years of development resulting in the CC and the later version CCX. The niche company is also humble with its operations despite being a publicly traded company with roughly 90 shareholders at any given time. Fast forward to 2010 and the company was set to unveil its second official model – the Agera, which translates to “take action” in Swedish.
The original Agera was perfection in every sense having refined the aero of the previous CC / CCX model and the powerful 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. In 2011, the Agera R was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show said to be the fastest creation yet from the Swedish supercar maker and running on biofuel instead of gasoline. It’s MSRP of $1,611,000 quickly separates the dreamers from the realists of the elite class, but when stacked up against the rare Bugatti Veyron it seems like a bargain.
From every angle, the Agera R is sheer perfection. The proportions, unique livery, and even interior rivals the very best from Italy. Due to the R being a more fine-tuned machine over the original Agera, Koenigsegg added lighter carbon fiber to the aero of the coupe including the full front fascia and vented hood.
From above, the Agera R looks race ready with its sleek design and carbon fiber vents at all four corners. Add to the beauty of it the performance was increased so with it went the development and addition of a dynamic rear spoiler. Unlike the conventional “lift up” style found on most exotics, the Agera R wing is designed with a curve so as to use the existing wind pressure to force the spoiler downward.
The side profile of the Agera R is by far one of the nicest of any hypercar with its low and sleek contour. The revolutionary Aircore carbon fiber wheels are staggered with 19-inch up front and 20-inch at back, wrapped in specialty Michelin Super Sport tires that have a speed rating of 420 km/h. Thanks to the special Michelin compound, the Agera R is capable of 1.6 g of lateral force during corner – grip levels unheard of with most exotics including the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The chassis and suspension setup is also of the highest caliber especially the rear for which Koenigsegg calls it the Triplex. This unique system consists of a shock absorber and spring connected to each rear wheel, as such each wheel is capable of effecting the other during hard cornering while the extra spring works as any standard setup.
Under the rear hatch is Koenigsegg’s very own all aluminum 5.0-liter V8 paired to twin turbochargers and set to 1.4 bar of boost pressure. The engine itself is a masterpiece of engineering with 4 valves per cylinder, DOHC, titanium connecting rods, dry sump lubrication, and a sequential multipoint fuel injection system with dual injectors per cylinder. Unlike the regular Agera, the R version has an upgraded fuel and engine management systems that allow for the V8 to generating 1140 hp at 7,100 rpm on E85 biofuel. The most impressive thing to note about this engine is that by 2,700 rpm, the turbos are fully spooled pumping 1.4 bar of pressure resulting in 885 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm! The result of all the power is an acceleration of 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds and a top speed rated at 420 km/h (260 mph) although not officially verified thus far.
The back end of the Agera R is all business with its curved rear spoiler, brake cooling air ducks and air intake inlets, as well as the carbon fiber rear diffuser. The massive center cut exhaust and 345-sized Michelin tires are what makes the car have that exotic feel. Able to outrun the king of the hill the Bugatti Veyron the Koenigsegg Agera R is not only incredibly competitive in the world of hypercars, but also eco-friendly. With nearly 1,200hp, more down force than a race car, exclusivity for the crème de la crème, and a price tag of $1.6-million the Agera R will forever live as the niche car that would, could and did it all.
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Words: Giancarlo Pawelec
Photos: Koenigsegg Automotive AB