The Koenigsegg Agera an exclusive hypercar born from the mind of Christian von Koenigsegg, a Swedish entrepreneur who turned a childhood dream into a reality when he formed his own car company over 15 years ago. Designed as a race car for the road, the Agera lends its lightweight carbon fiber platform to the more extreme S and R models.
Koenigsegg favors evolutionary design changes and the Agera shares its overall dimensions with the CCX it is tasked with replacing. It stretches 169 inches long, 78.6 inches wide and just 44.1 inches tall.
Its low-slung design is accentuated by almond-shaped headlights with integrated LED daytime running lamps, a wraparound windshield with a single wiper, small side windows and large air vents in front of the rear wheels. Out back, the Agera boasts oval LED tail lamps, a mid-mounted exhaust and a functional air diffuser, while scissor doors that open at a 90-degree angle finish off the look.
The Agera features a removable roof panel that can be stowed away in a compartment located in the front of the car.
The Agera - a name that means "take action" in Swedish - is powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that churns out 960 horsepower and over 811 lb-ft. of torque when burning the 95-octane gasoline that is commonly found at gas stations throughout Europe. Fed by four return-less fuel pumps connected to a 21-gallon tank, the V8 returns 16 mpg in a mixed European cycle when driver conservatively.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and an electronic differential. The 2,932-pound Agera sprints from zero to 62 mph in 3 seconds flat and reaches a top speed of over 260 mph thanks in part to purpose-designed Michelin tires.
The Agera S uses the same 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the regular Agera but it has been modified to produce 1,030 horsepower at 7,100 rpms and 811 lb-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpms. The sprint from zero to 62 mph takes 2.9 seconds.
Engine aside, the Agera S stands out from its less powerful sibling thanks to hollow carbon fiber wheels, a more aggressive body kit and a Triplex rear suspension that improves handling by using a spring and a shock absorber to connect the left right and rear wheels.
The range-topping Agera R reaches 62 mph from a stop in 2.8 seconds thanks to a modified version of Koenigsegg's V8 rated at 1,140 horsepower and a brutal 885 lb-ft. of torque. Upgraded brakes enable the supercar to accelerate from zero to 124 mph and come to a full stop in just 12.6 seconds. Top speed is reached at 273 mph.
Building upon the Agera S, it gains an aerodynamic exhaust pipe, carbon fiber front winglets that increase downforce at high speeds and a dynamic rear wing,
The Agera offers a track-inspired interior with room for two passengers on leather-upholstered two-tone bucket seats with contrasting stitching. The center console, the multi-function steering wheel and parts of the dashboard are crafted out of carbon fiber in order to reduce weight.
The instrument cluster consists of several small digital gauges housed in three main pods. They can be configured by the driver to provide a full panoply of information including the car's speed, fuel pressure, oil and the water temperature and even the approximate amount of horsepower generated by the engine at any given time.
A high-definition touch screen mounted on the center stack groups the Agera's navigation, climate control, entertainment and connectivity functions into a single unit. Unlike many startup supercar manufacturers, Koenigsegg designs and builds all switches and stalks in-house.
While cargo capacity is not what most supercar buyers are after, Koenigsegg proudly states the Agera is the roomiest car in its class with 4.2 cubic feet of trunk space.
Standard and Optional Equipment
The Agera comes standard with power windows, adjustable pedals and seats, power steering, navigation, leather carpeting, a car cover, an alarm and a storage bag for the removable roof panel.
Buyers have access to a long list of options including different rear wings, stripes and decals, over ten exterior colors, three different wheel designs, miscellaneous upholstery colors, heated seats, a rear-view camera, four-point racing harnesses and, believe it or not, a pair of skis that matches the car.
All Ageras feature dual airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, an electronic stability control designed in-house and a Formula 1 traction control that provides five different handling modes.
At this price and performance level, the few vehicles that can be cross-shopped with the Agera include the Pagani Huayra, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and Bugatti Veyron.