The ninth model to be born from the mind of Christian Koenigsegg, a man who turned a childhood dream into reality when he formed his Swedish supercar company over 15 years ago, the Koenigsegg Agera is a marvel of modern engineering.
Like Porsche, Koenigsegg tends to favor an evolutionary approach with new models as opposed to an revolutionary change. In keeping with this philosophy, the Agera shares the same length (169 inches), width (78.6 inches) and height (44.1 inches) as the original CCX.
When you mash the accelerator pedal you will find the familiar 4.7-liter V8 from past and current Koenigsegg models, but tuned to produce 910 hp at a redline of 6,850 rpm. Torque comes in at 811 lb-ft at 5,100 rpm.
The Agera weighs only 2,832 pounds dry, and can blast from zero-to-62 mph in a blisteringly quick 3.1 seconds on its way to 124 mph in a total of only 8.9 seconds. If you have the pleasure of finding enough open road to push this supercar to its limits, Koenigsegg estimates you will top out at over 245 mph.
One very unique aspect of the Agera is its use of Inconel superalloy for the exhaust system. Inconel is a trademarked name for a family of austenitic nickel-chromium-based superalloys. Inconel is renowned for its performance in extremely high temperature environments, but is also known for being quite difficult to shape or machine due to its rapid hardening attributes. Naturally, Inconel superalloy is at right at home on the Agera.
Helping to keep the Koenigsegg light on its feet is a chassis manufactured out of carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb that features integrated fuel tanks positioned for optimal weight distribution. Astonishingly, the chassis weights just 159 pounds.
Despite its low weight, the supercar is equipped with massive 392X36 mm front and 380X34 mm rear ventilated and drilled ceramic discs. Surrounding these oversized brakes are 19-inch wheels with 255/35/R19 tires in the front, and 20-inch wheels wrapped in 335/30/R20 tires in the rear. When coupled with its standard advanced traction control system, this supercar is ready to perform in virtually any weather.
The Agera is loaded with standard technology such as unique digital information and warning systems, which naturally includes a G-sensor alarm. The G-sensor alarm is not for show, either, as this Swedish supercar can manage to sustain 1.6 lateral Gs. Of course creature comforts like USB plug-in and MP3 recognition also come standard.
At this price and performance level there are few vehicles likely to be cross-shopped except the Pagani Huayra, Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and Bugatti Veyron.