April 24, 2014

Koenigsegg Agera R claims world speed records

Koenigsegg Agera R claims world speed records

Koenigsegg Agera R claims world speed records

Koenigsegg Agera R – timed at Koenigsegg’s Ängelholm proving ground in Sweden – has achieved a 0-200mph time of 17.68sec.


We are constantly amazed at what the three men in a shed in the snow in Sweden that are Koenigsegg Automotive AB can achieve. All the way from the first Koenigsegg, the CC8S,  to the very latest, the Koenigsegg Agera we got up close and personal with at Goodwood this year, and it’s bonkers big brother – the Koenigsegg Agera R.

From the CC8S to the Agera R, Christian von Koenigsegg has always trod his own, very particular, path to supercar performance.

That revolves around not just a custom carbon fibre body but, unlike almost all other small supercar makers, entirely custom chassis, suspension and brakes. No raiding of bigger car makers’ parts bins for the big stuff by Koenigsegg.

And unlike Pagani – perhaps the closest comparison there is to Koenigsegg – Christian von Koenigsegg doesn’t rely on a big car manufacturer with endless R&D funding to supply a blistering engine.

From the very start Koenigsegg road cars have had a custom Koenigsegg V8, from the 655bhp 4.7 litre V8 in the CC8S to the 1018bhp in the CCXR Edition.

And now we have the very latest evolution of that early CC8S in the Koenigsegg Agera R, which sports a 5.0 litre V8 with 1115bhp and a weight of 1,435 kg. Which equates to a remarkable prospect for performance, something Koenigsegg proved rather conclusively yesterday.

Sent out to play at Koenigsegg’s proving ground in Ängelholm, Sweden (a former Swedish Air Force base), the Agera R set the following times:

  • 0-300 km/h = 14.53sec
  • 0-200 mp/h = 17.68sec
  • 300-0 km/k = 6.66sec
  • 200-0 mp/h = 7.28sec
  • 0-300-0 km/h = 21.19sec
  • 0-200-0 mp/h = 24.96sec

All data was measured and collected by a third party with the officially accepted Racelogic VBox performance recorder, the test track is flat and the wind speed was within accepted record tolerances. The data has gone of to Guinness to be verified.

This particular Koenigsegg is now off to its new owner in Singapore, via a quick ‘on display’ at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Sadly, apart from the Marina Bay Street Circuit and Changi International, we doubt there’s anywhere else in Singapore the new owner could manage to reach the same sort of speeds.

But depending on how well-connected he is…

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  1. There’s something brutishly appealing about the Koenigsegg Agera R. So much more appealing than the rather fey Pagani Huayra.

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