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Old 03-02-2010, 09:12 AM   #1
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Geneva show: 898bhp Koenigsegg Agera

Koenigseggs: too slow, too underpowered, too boring to look at.

Until now, and this. This is the Agera, the latest hypercar from everyone's favourite mad Swedes.

Though Koenigsegg would love you to believe so, it isn't quite all-new, but instead a heavily modified, powered-up and angrified version of the outgoing CCX.

The Agera puts out - get ready - a deranged 898bhp from a 4.7-litre V8. Add in a not-immodest 811lb ft of torque and you're looking at a thing that can dispatch 62mph in 3.1 seconds and 124mph in under nine seconds before topping out at something very close to 250mph. Those are mad, mad numbers.

But our favourite number is a slightly more subtle one: 72kg. That's how much the Agera's entire carbon fibre chassis weighs, which is less than many normal-sized humans - most of whom are not, admittedly, made of carbon fibre.

The Agera gets adjustable suspension, a removable hard-top and bodywork rendered entirely in carbon fibre and Kevlar. Thanks to its flat underbody and many clever wings, it produces over 300kg of downforce at 155mph.

How much will it cost? Er, lots. We can't imagine that'll get in the way of Koenigsegg's desire to sell around 20 Ageras each year, though.

They say their order books are open right now at the Geneva show. Better get your man to put in a phone call quicksharp if you want one of these hypercars.

Actually, we're pretty sure Koenigseggs have just smashed right out the top end of the ‘hypercar' description. We need a new word.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:17 AM   #2
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Wuhhh? I never thought ANY of this for the CCX.....I like that it's not crazy frenetic in appearance and it's plenty fast.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:22 AM   #3
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Wuhhh? I never thought ANY of this for the CCX.....I like that it's not crazy frenetic in appearance and it's plenty fast.
I feel that this statement was perhaps a bit of sarcasm?!
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:43 AM   #4
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*heehee* You're right, I'm an idiot.
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:48 AM   #5
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HOLY COW! thats some mad speed...

i would love a ride!

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Old 03-02-2010, 09:48 AM   #6
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Old 03-02-2010, 09:49 AM   #7
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Still prefer the original CCX's looks....
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:45 AM   #8
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Reminds me of one of Richard Hammond's quotes. "Oversteer is best because you can't see the tree that kills you."
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I think that we need a new benchmark for supercars...0-60 is just stupid. It always sells these types of cars short. Most are traction impared, so around 3 seconds is all they are ever going to be able to do. I think for supercars, 0-100 is a far better judge. Nothing on earth short of a Veyron can put down 800 HP to the rear wheels. Its pointless. So making the benchmark 0-100 will at least give it time to use some off that power.
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I think that we need a new benchmark for supercars...0-60 is just stupid. It always sells these types of cars short. Most are traction impared, so around 3 seconds is all they are ever going to be able to do. I think for supercars, 0-100 is a far better judge. Nothing on earth short of a Veyron can put down 800 HP to the rear wheels. Its pointless. So making the benchmark 0-100 will at least give it time to use some off that power.
I think perhaps the best benchmark that they could do would be 0-100-0. Thats what they do in alot of motorcycle tests
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I think that we need a new benchmark for supercars...0-60 is just stupid. It always sells these types of cars short. Most are traction impared, so around 3 seconds is all they are ever going to be able to do. I think for supercars, 0-100 is a far better judge. Nothing on earth short of a Veyron can put down 800 HP to the rear wheels. Its pointless. So making the benchmark 0-100 will at least give it time to use some off that power.
Do what the guys on the 6speedforums do.... 60mph-130mph times..

That way, traction (for the most part) isn't an issue.
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Both great ideas...
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Old 03-03-2010, 02:56 PM   #13
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Koenigsegg just produces better and better cars as time progresses. And i agree that the bench mark testing used isn't great for these types of cars.
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:23 PM   #14
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0-60 is a ****ty benchmark no matter how you slice it. 1/4 trap speed and time tells you so much more.

Oh, and I'm in love. I wonder if they're still using Ford engines?
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:06 PM   #15
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0-60 is a ****ty benchmark no matter how you slice it. 1/4 trap speed and time tells you so much more.

Oh, and I'm in love. I wonder if they're still using Ford engines?
They were originally, but switched to something of their own design apparently a while back
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:52 PM   #16
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I think they started using ford motors, but now use a custom motor that uses the ford dimensions as a start point.
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Top gear test drive of the Agera, would much rather have one of these than a Veyron

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It seems that Top Gear Magazine paid a visit to Koenigsegg’s facility in Sweden just two days after watching the Bugatti Veyron SS complete its record run at VW’s Nardo test circuit. So could we expect the a Koenigsegg to attempt another record run in the near future?

It seems that Christian von Koenigsegg was thinking that way when he started rattling off locations where a car could achieve such a high top speed. Although he obviously believes the Veyron SS could have gone faster (evidenced by his immediate reaction, “I thought they would go faster than that”) the Agera, in the future, has the potential to challenge the speed record whilst cars like the CCXR may even be capable of beating that record currently.

Either way, we know Koenigsegg has a history with the record. We would love to see an Agera pass the 415km/h mark, however, we also suspect that there will be stiff competition in the future from cars like the SSC.
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Nothing but good can come from this.
Indeed....

However, to play devil's advocate... It's beginning to look like a competition to see who has the longest tool...
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I think we passed that a long time ago. Trying to chase a speed that fast, the car starts to become a one trick pony. You almost have to specialize it for straight line speed, and drivability and handling may start to suffer. Bragging rights are one thing, but if it is at the cost of everything else, perhaps it is not worth it.
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Old 08-18-2010, 09:57 AM   #22
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^ yeah. That's why the veyron has to have moving body panels and the agera has to have some it's aero bits removed to make those speeds. Then there's the whole ultra expensive tires thing. All so they can reach those speeds at less than a handful of places on earth.
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and then there's the whole drinking through the whole fuel cell at top speed in 30 seconds thing.
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