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PostHeaderIcon Amazing Video – Crash Testing A Koenigsegg Regera

When it comes to the very tippity top of the supercar and hypercar pyramid, it’s easy to forget that, at the end of the day, these incredible machines are still cars. You know, like real physical objects that exist in the world, as opposed to, say, time machines or inter-dimensional spaceships or hopes and dreams. And, as actual physical objects, these cars sometimes run into things, and because they have ludicrously powerful engines, they sometimes run into things really friggin’ fast. The point, if you’ve stuck with me this far, dear reader, is that supercars and hypercars need to be crash tested, and as a result, we get awesome videos like this.

Watching a $2 million, carbon-fiber-everything bedroom poster get smashed and bashed in a battery of tests is entertaining, no doubt about it, with the poor coupe getting the raw end of the deal from just about every single angle. Hell, the testers even took a giant sledge hammer to it, swinging for the fences on the bumper and under carriage. They also slammed the scissor doors a few times and ran over a curb at speed.

All told, it looks like Mr. von Koenigsegg and crew did a fantastic job, as the Regera appeared to take it all in stride. As a reminder, the Regera comes equipped with rear-/mid-engine twin-turbo 5.0-liter V-8 pumped up by no less than three electric motors. Peak output is rated 1,797 horsepower and 1,475 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear axle by way of a high-tech fixed-gear transmission. The sprint to 60 mph takes 2.7 seconds, with the top speed electronically limited at 255 mph.



Koenigsegg Regera

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PostHeaderIcon Quick Comparison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Bugatti Chiron Vs. Koenigsegg Agera RS

Let’s say you want a car that’s fast – like, world-beating fast. The kind of fast that’ll get you thrown in jail quicker than most cars can reach the 60-mph mark. The kind of fast usually reserved for aircraft. We’re talking the bleeding edge of speed here, the cream of the crop in terms of moving across the face of the Earth on four wheels. Incredibly, there’s actually several options to choose from, assuming you’ve got the bank account to back it. Up here, at the peak of the mountain, you’ll find the Henessey Venom F5, the Bugatti Chiron, and the Koenigsegg Agera RS going head-to-head-to-head, each a top trump in modern street-legal performance. But which is the best?

The Hennessey Venom F5 is the newcomer of the group, with a recent debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Offered as a follow-up to the Lotus-based Venom GT, the F5 builds on the successes of its forerunner with all new everything, including a fresh chassis, revised aero, and a tuned-up engine, each of which was built from the ground up to conquer all challengers. Chief amongst those challengers is the Bugatti Chiron, the standard-bearer when it comes to ultimate high-dollar speed, rocking 8 liters of quad-boosted internal combustion and a reputation for superlative performance. Finally, we have the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which just set a new world record by going 277.9 mph on a closed road in the Nevada desert.

But while top speed is obviously a major factor here, what about the rest of the car? What about the way it looks, the interior, and the chassis? In this quick comparison, we’ll take a brief, but well-rounded look at each of these amazing vehicles and go beyond V-max to find out how they stack up.

Continue reading for a quick comparison between the Hennessey Venom F5, the Bugatti Chiron, and the Koenigsegg Agera RS.


Hennessey Venom F5

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At first blush, we were delighted to see the Venom F5’s new exterior design. It’s a seriously good-looking piece of kit, breaking from the old Lotus-look of the preceding Venom GT to create something totally new. The aesthetic is simple, but effective, with a traditional super car stance that hugs the ground with wide hips and a broad nose. The fenders rise high over the tall wheels, while the various aero elements are finished in black under the brightly colored body panels. The headlights are long and thin, stretching towards the rear in drawn-out strips that lead the eye towards a slim waistline. In back is a large rear wing, below which is a trio of exhaust pipes.

With body panels made from carbon fiber, the Venom F5 cuts substantial weight, a vital element to its performance. However, Hennessey also sought to find a balance between reducing the coefficient of drag for high-speed record-breaking, while also maintaining enough downforce to keep the machine planted while traveling at hypersonic velocity. Helping it to achieve that juggling act are active wing elements and a flat underbody, which help to bring the Cd down to 0.33, making the F5 much more slippery than the preceding Venom GT.

Bugatti Chiron

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Placed next to the competition, the Bugatti Chiron has a rather, eh, unique look to it. The whole thing is much more bubbly and rounded than the other two, with a bulbous nose and tear drop-like proportions in the profile. A set of horizontal LED headlights frame the front fascia, complemented by a duo of horizontal intakes closer to the pavement. In all, the Chiron continues the look originally set forth by the Bugatti Veyron and developed by the Gran Turismo Concept, and sports classic Bugatti features like a C-shaped Bugatti line in the flanks and an upside-down U-shaped intake in front.

However, don’t think for a second the shape of the Chiron is anything other than highly functional. When dealing with speeds and power at this level, every tiny detail can have a huge impact on overall performance. For example, those C-lines in the sides help to funnel air into the side intakes, force-feeding the radiators with a blast of cool air to keep the engine running in top form. The rear wing is active as well, tucking in down the straights and going vertical in the braking zones. And while some may deride its unconventional style, there’s no doubt that the Chiron is instantly recognizable because of it.

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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If we had to characterize the Agera RS when viewing it alongside the other two entries in this comparison, we’d actually call it a bit “understated.” Granted, that statement is highly, highly relative, as on its own the Agera RS is an extremely exciting car to look at. It’s just that compared to the Hennessey Venom F5 and Bugatti Chiron, it’s not quite as exciting. The angles and details are simpler, straighter, and uncluttered, without the ultra-pointy sharpness of the Venom, or the rounded muscle bulges of the Chiron. Instead, what you get is more of a traditional “speed wedge” design, with a broad, flat nose, central greenhouse, and flat rear end.

The whole thing is made from carbon kevlar, and improves on the aero set-up of the preceding Agera R and One:1 thanks to revisions like a new front fascia, an extended front splitter, and a seriously curvaceous rear wing. You’ll also find active wing elements front and back, with electronic adjustability for a more tunable package. The net result is a ton of extra stick at speed, with that rear wing making as much as a half-ton of downforce at 155 mph.


Hennessey Venom F5

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Note: Hennessey Venom GT pictured here.

As of this writing, Hennessey has elected not to provide in-depth details on what the Venom F5 is offering in terms of interior appointment. That said, we can still speculate based on what we’ve seen from Hennessey in the past.

For example, take the preceding Exige-based Venom GT, which spruced up the barebones Lotus platform with nicer upholstery, carpets, aluminum surrounds, and high-end carbon fiber trim pieces. We’d expect something even nicer from the F5, with leather and Alcantara coverings, digital instrumentation, and maybe even some basic infotainment gear as well. Racing harnesses will keep passengers in one spot, while a central touch screen will provide the interface for the various onboard systems. Long story short, the Venom F5 won’t go over the top with luxury, but it won’t be totally stripped down, either.

Bugatti Chiron

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One look at the Chiron’s cabin is all you need to confirm that yes, Bugatti does indeed know what it’s doing when it comes to making an interior. The whole thing looks cohesive and well put together, with flowing lines that resonate with confidence and elegance. The layout includes a central divider that mimics the C-shaped Bugatti line seen outside, while the central console swoops down from the dash in a single piece of carbon, studded with polished aluminum switches. Behind the gorgeous three-spoke steering wheel is a central analog speedometer flanked by a pair of digital readouts, while a high-end stereo system provides an alternative soundtrack to the burbling exhaust note.

All told, the Bugatti Chiron’s interior is an absolute masterpiece, and it’s definitely in the running for best-looking interior for a production car in the world.

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Like its exterior styling, the Koenigsegg Agera RS gets a rather simple layout for the cabin. Bare carbon is once again the material of choice, with prominent sheets of the stuff laid across the door panels, central console, and dash. Rounded air vents are placed at the appropriate locations, while a digital display in the dash relays pertinent performance info. Below the screen is a series of buttons and knobs arranged in a circular layout, complementing the car’s naturally clean aesthetic. Carbon-backed bucket seats provide a place to sit.

It’s a straightforward approach to interior design, and should be well appreciated by minimalists. In fact, compared to the Bugatti, we’d almost call it antiseptic.


Hennessey Venom F5

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Note: Hennessey Venom GT pictured here.

While we have yet to get a clear shot of what it looks like, we do know all about the important numbers tagged to the Venom F5’s party piece. Making the noise is a newly developed 7.4-liter V-8, which gets stuffed by a double-dose of turbocharging to produce a whopping 1,600 horsepower and 1,300 pound-feet of torque, all of which routs to the rear by way of a seven-speed single-clutch paddle-shift gearbox.

All told, it’s a surprisingly old school approach to the question of going fast, especially lined up against the modern mega-hybrids of the world. That lack of extra gear once again helps the Venom save weight, and the net result is blisteringly quick acceleration numbers. While real world confirmation is still forthcoming, Hennessey claims a run from 0 to 186 mph (300 km/h) in less than 10 seconds, quicker than a modern Formula 1 car. The run to 249 mph (400 km/h) and back to a standstill should take less than 30 seconds. Finally, the big number – Hennessey says the Venom F5 will do 300 mph at the top end, which should beat the other two entries on this list. That is, of course, assuming Hennessey actually follows through on that claim.

Bugatti Chiron

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While the Chiron certainly stands out thanks to its unique exterior styling and magnificent interior, the Bug’s biggest headline is what its got going on just behind the driver’s seat. Mounted longitudinally at the mid-ship position is an 8.0-liter W-16 engine, which gets boosted by no less than four turbochargers to produce a meaty 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, 296 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque more than the preceding Veyron SuperSport. All of it hits the ground through a high-performance Haldex AWD system, which is fed by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Put your foot down, and you’ll hit 60 mph in 2.4 seconds, while 120 mph arrives in 6.5 seconds. The sprint to 190 mph takes 13.6 seconds, while 250 mph takes 32.6 seconds. Top speed is limited at 261 mph, as the heavyweight Chiron creates enormous strain on the tires at higher speeds. However, if equipped with rubber robust enough to handle the forces at play, the Chiron could theoretically reach 288 mph.

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Unlike the Bugatti’s exotic, quad-turbo, infinity cylinder powerplant, the engine in the Agera RS is much closer in layout and set-up to the Hennessey Venom F5. The spec includes a 5.0-liter V-8 plumbed with just two turbos. Output is rated at 1,160 horsepower at 7,800 rpm and 940 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. Impressive stuff, no doubt, but if desired, buyers can throw on the 1 Megawatt package to boost their RS up to 1,341 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 1,000 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm when drinking an E85 ethanol fuel blend.

On its own, that’s an absurd amount of muscle on tap, but in company like this, the Koenigsegg RS might look a little, well, underpowered. Luckily, all those ponies translate into world-beating speed all the same with the 0-to-60 mph sprint done in less than 3 seconds and the run to 124 mph done in less than 7 seconds. What’s more, the RS currently claims the title for fastest production car in the world, recently topping out at an astonishing average of 277.9 mph. And while both of the rivals listed here could theoretically beat that figure, it don’t mean a thing until it actually happens.

Chassis And Handling

Hennessey Venom F5

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One of the Venom F5’s most important characteristics is its low curb weight, a feature that Hennessey sought to maximize (or minimize, as the case may be) throughout the vehicle’s development. Thanks to the carbon fiber chassis underneath, the carbon fiber body panels outside, and all the other composite details in between, the Venom F5 tips the scales at just under 3,000 pounds, or 2,950 pounds to be exact.

That makes a big difference for a variety of reasons. Not only does it allow the F5 to run standard Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tires, but it should also make the car somewhat lively in the corners, assisted by standard carbon ceramics for stopping

power. We’ll have to wait for confirmation of that (no one has actually driven one yet outside the Hennessey development crew), but either way, we’re hoping this thing won’t be a one-trick pony.

Bugatti Chiron

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Under the skin, the Chiron is similar to its Veyron predecessor, but updated to meet the rigors of modern hypercardom. Improvements include a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis, with a carbon rear subframe for even greater torsional rigidity. The suspension was also redesigned, while the electric power steering gets a few new tweaks as well. Carbon silicon carbide brakes make for lighter discs, with eight-pots in front and six-pots in the back.

Despite the extensive use of exotic materials like carbon fiber and titanium, the Chiron is still extremely heavy, weighing in a concrete-crushing 4,400 pounds. As such, pricey Michelin tires are required to keep it planted, with a staggered diameter at 20 inches in front and 21 inches rear, sized at 285/30 and 355/25 respectively.

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Unsurprisingly, the Koenigsegg Agera RS also utilizes a monocoque construction, with carbon fiber laid over an aluminum honeycomb core. The suspension is composed of double-wishbones in front and carbon fiber upper wishbones in back, plus two-way electronically adjustable gas shocks, and pushrod-operated Triplex dampers in the rear. The ride height is electronically adjustable, while a rack and pinion system helps it steer. Koenigsegg’s very own hallow carbon fiber wheels take their place in the corners. These rollers are super lightweight, yet appropriately large, with 19 inches of diameter and 9.5 inches of width in front, plus 20 inches of diameter and 12.5 inches of width in the rear. Michelin’s Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 are once again used for performance, while ceramic brakes are fore and aft, with branded 6-pot calipers in front and branded 4-pots in back.

All told, the Agera RS is relatively sprightly, tipping the scales at 3,075 pounds. Throw in multiple settings for the electronic handling aides, and this Koenigsegg is a beast on the track, whether you’re storming down a straight or attacking a corner.


Hennessey Venom F5

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Pricing for the Venom F5 starts at $1.6 million, and should include a wide array of customization options. Just 24 will be made, with the owner’s list hand-selected by Mr. Hennessey himself.

Bugatti Chiron

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If you fancy the Chiron, you can pick one up for about $2.8 million. Production is a slow process, but not limited like the Hennessey, and customization options are even more plentiful.

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Finding an exact price for the Agera RS is a bit trickier, but considering the standard Agera costs $2.1 million, expect the RS to be, well, more. Just 25 are slated for production.


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So then, after looking at each of these three amazing cars, where do we stand?

Let’s take it section by section. First up, the exterior. Each of these cars is, without a doubt, a very striking thing to behold. Each is also absurdly aerodynamic, folding the air around it with the dexterity of a jet fighter. However, the key is finding a balance between beauty and aero trickery, and in that respect, the Hennessey Venom gets the nod. We think it simply looks better than the other two, while still managing to stick at speed, and that gives it the win in our book.

Next up, the interior. The Chiron takes the win here, hands down. I mean, seriously, just look at the picture below and bask in the absurd awesomeness that is the Chiron’s cabin. The other two are fine, but next to the Bugatti, they look like cut-rate commuter sedans from the ‘90s.

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“If you need a high-end cabin to go with your absurd speed, then the Chiron has you covered.”

But what about the engine and drivetrain? While all three offer insane levels of output, we’re once again partial to the Chiron. We love the unusual cylinder arrangement, high-tech turbo system, and beefy AWD, and although the Hennessey has it beat in terms of raw power and the Koenigsegg wins out in terms of weight, the Bug’s otherworldly 8.0-liter W-16 is what really gets our juices flowing.

Speaking of weight, let’s not forget how important the chassis and handling are to keeping these things well-rounded in the long run. While power is great, the ability to apply it properly can make all the difference, and in that respect, the Koenigsegg Agera RS takes the win. This thing was made for the track, and its evident that the Swedes paid close attention to making it much more than just a straight-line superstar.

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Finally, there’s the price. At just $1.6 million, the Venom F5 looks like an absolute bargain against the Bugatti and Koenigsegg, especially if it really can do all the things Hennessey claims it can do.

“At the end of the day, we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge the fact that the top speed is still the spec that matters most in this space.”

Of course, at the end of the day, we’d be kidding ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge the fact that the top speed is still the spec that matters most in this space. Bragging rights are paramount, and as such, the Koenigsegg Agera RS is the current king. That said, it’s unlikely to stay at the top for the long, as the battle continues for dominance in high-dollar velocity.

Will Hennessey prove its 300-mph claims? Will Bugatti recover the title it originally held with the Veyron? Will Koenigsegg go back to Nevada with something even faster?

Rest assured – we’ll be watching.


Hennessey Venom GT

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Bugatti Chiron

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Koenigsegg Agera

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg’s New Speed Record Doesn’t Mean Squat

I wasn’t planning to blab about cars again anytime soon, but something amazing happened this weekend: someone actually smashed Bugatti’s world speed record for production cars after a whopping seven years. If you’ve been living under a rock, a Koenigsegg Agera RS averaged 277.9 mph on a two-way run on a highway in Nevada, beating the record set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport in 2010 by 10 mph. An impressive display by the Swedish automaker, achieved with a production model that was actually borrowed from a customer. The record has yet to be confirmed by Guinness World Records as of this writing, but whether it qualifies or not, the Agera RS’s run will remain an important page in high-performance automotive history. However, I still think that all this ludicrous speed stuff for production cars is absolute nonsense.

Before I move any further, I want to make it clear that I’m not questioning Koenigsegg’s big achievement. I’ve already seen all sorts of comments questioning whether the record was set using a stock car with stock parts and a production setup. Those are made by morons. First, Koenigsegg isn’t the type of company that would risk damaging its relationship with its customers by lying to the extent that most automakers do when setting records, especially track records at the Nurburgring. Second, I don’t think it’s a record that the Swedish firm was actually dying to own. It just happened, and it didn’t make a big fuss about it. And, it was very entitled to make a big fuss given that the Agera RS hit a top speed of 284 mph. That’s just a hair away from the magic 300-mph mark. But I digress…

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The Top Speed You’ll Never get to Experience

“It's cool to have it on a piece of paper or as a YouTube video to wank to, but it's not something a customer will achieve”

So why do I think this record means squat? Well, it’s simply not a feature that defines a production car. It’s cool to have it on a piece of paper or as a YouTube video to wank to, but it’s not something a customer will achieve. There’s no way you can hit that top speed on a public road, and even if you find a traffic-free road, it’s illegal. Not to mention dangerous, because every little bump may cause you to lose control at high speeds. Other hazards, including wild animals, could put your life at risk too.

Now I know what you’re thinking, you could take the Agera RS to ludicrous high speeds on a race track. Well, you can’t actually. There aren’t any race tracks with a long enough strip to allow you to go well past the 200-mph mark. If you watch Koenigsegg’s video, you’ll notice that it took the driver around seven miles to hit maximum speed. It can probably be done faster since he wasn’t in a hurry to accelerate to 150 mph, but it would still need almost six miles to get there.

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“Much like the Bugatti Veyron and the Chiron, the Agera RS comes with a top speed that's useless in the real world”

And, once you get there, you also need to brake, so it’s safe to assume you need a couple more miles to get to a safe speed. This basically means that you need a track with a straight run of around eight miles, which is impossible to find on any permanent race track nowadays. The Nardo Ring, where Koenigsegg set a record with the CCR many years back would be an option, but the oval track isn’t opened for public days.

So, much like the Bugatti Veyron and the Chiron, the Agera RS comes with a top speed that’s useless in the real world. Much like all those cars that set fast laps at the Nurburgring. You’ll never get to lap the Nordschleife as quick as Lamborghini did with the Huracan Performante. You don’t have the skill, and you’ll never have the track to yourself. And, assuming that a carmaker used some tricks to score its awesome lap, like Nissan did with the GT-R Nismo, you won’t be able to do it as quick no matter how good you are. Sure, you can brag in front of your friends and at the local sports car meeting, but this is where it ends.

You might as well buy a Jaguar XF and argue that that the British firm had the fastest car in the world back in 1949. Because it did, and it’s worth as much as having a spec sheet with a top speed you’ll never be able to experience.


Koenigsegg Agera

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Agera RS 0-400-0 km/h Record – Chiron Who?

They didn’t want to do it. But all the noise Bugatti made about the Chiron’s 0-400-0 record forced Koenigsegg to react and defend their dignity. So they dispatched a Koenigsegg Agera RS to the test track with the factory test driver and set a record that makes Chiron wet its pants. 

So let’s get down to the numbers. The privately-owned Koenigsegg Agera RS used in this test completed the 0-400-0 challenge in 37.28 seconds over a distance of 2,535m. Actually, it went a little over the magical 400 mark, clocking 403 km/h before the driver applied the brakes. The RS took only 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400 km/h over a distance of 1,958 meters. Deceleration was equally impressive with a time of 9.56 seconds over 483 meters.

What makes this record even more impressive is that Koenigsegg Agera RS is less powerful than Bugatti Chiron. It has 1,360 horsepower against the Bugga’s 1,500. What’s more, the Agera is rear-wheel-drive, whereas the Chiron benefits from all-wheel-drive. So it comes down to weight and how the power is put down to the ground. This proves it is possible for a small car maker operating out of a hangar to take on and beat a giant like VW-owned Bugatti with virtually unlimited resources.

Christian von Koenigsegg, Founder and CEO: “It makes me so proud, so happy and excited to see what we have achieved as a team with the Agera RS. A result like this does not just happen. It may have only taken a few hours of driving to complete this run, but we cannot overlook all of the work that went into creating the car in the first place. Building these cars takes everything we have. We give it our all, every day of every week. Without this commitment to excellence, we would not be worthy of either the result or the reward.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Agera RS Smashes Bugatti Chiron Record

Ever since Bugatti unveiled the Chiron, we’ve been anxiously waiting for a new top speed world record for production cars from the French automaker. But, we didn’t get it. Instead, Bugatti set a new record for accelerating from 0 to 400 kph and coming back to a stop, achieving it in 41.96 seconds. Pretty impressive, huh? Well, it was for a little more than a month, because Koenigsegg just smashed that record by a whopping five seconds. Specifically, an Agera RS supercar was driven by Niklas Lilja to 400 kph (248.5 mph) from a standing start and then back to a full stop in only 36.44 clicks.

The record was set on October 1, 2017, at Vandel Airfield in Denmark. The Agera RS took 26.88 seconds to accelerate to 400 kph over a distance of 1,958 meters (1.21 miles, while deceleration took 9.56 seconds over 483 meters (0.3 miles). The total distance used for the 0-to-400-to-0 kph run was 2,441 meters (1.51 miles). During another run, the Swedish supercar hit 403 kph (250.4 mph) and came to a halt after 37.28 seconds, also faster than the Chiron. The Agera RS used for this record is a stock production model destined for delivery in the United States. Powered by the familiar 5.0-liter V-8 rated at 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque, the car is equipped with the optional and removable roll cage.

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Why it Matters

“An Agera RS supercar was driven by Niklas Lilja to 400 kph (248.5 mph) from a standing start and then back to a full stop in only 36.44 clicks.”

Well, this record won’t make the Agera RS better than it is, and I’m fully aware that it’s a downright spectacular supercar. Koenigsegg is also aware of that, but the Swedish firm actually admitted that it wanted to verify the car’s performance in comparison to other manufacturers. And, it seems that Bugatti’s record came just in time and helped Koenigsegg benefit from a lot of hype. Beating a Bugatti was impossible in just about every department until now, so the Agera RS scored quite an astonishing benchmark that will probably leave some Chiron owners bitter. And, needless to say, the customer who will take delivery of this supercar will be very happy to own the Agera RS that wrote an important page in supercar history. It will probably become very valuable too.


Koenigsegg Agera RS

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Bugatti Chiron

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PostHeaderIcon Flock Of Koenigseggs Show Up In Sweden, Awesomeness Ensues: Video

Sometimes, I think about what it must feel like to own a Koenigsegg. It must be unnerving to be in possession of a supercar that can do things very few of its kind can do. I’ll never get to experience it, but those who do have Koenigseggs must love their cars enough to bring them to Sweden to partake in the automaker’s latest Koenigsegg Owners Tour party. The event was held last July, and as the video prepared by Koenigsegg shows us, a total of 19 Koenigseggs made the trip to Malmo before embarking on a memorable tour around the southern side of the country.

Even better, all 19 cars stopped at the Ring Knutstorp track in Kågeröd to put a few laps in, not minding the fact that it was raining at that time. In the end, the Koenigsegg convoy managed to find their way to Ängelholm, Sweden, the location where the automaker was born way back in 1994. It tells you how much Koenigsegg has evolved over the years when the owner of the company’s first-ever production car, a man named Stephen Rigman, still has his CCR with him. In fact, he was one of the 19 Koenigsegg owners who participated in the event, bringing along his OG Koenigsegg for the trip, joining the likes of the Agera, Regera, and the One:1 in the incredible joy ride. I can’t imagine there being a cooler road trip than this one. Seeing any of the 19 Koenigseggs of various shapes, sizes, and model names is sobering enough in of itself. But to actually be there to witness all of them in one location is what supercar dreams are made of.


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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Trevita

As contradictory as it might sound, there’s no shortage of low-production supercar manufacturers out there. Most offer exclusivity and outrageous performance, but few can match the jaw-dropping craftsmanship and build quality of Koenigsegg. Hand-built, fully bespoke, and lovingly finished, any car from the Angelholm-based automaker comes stuffed with insane technology and world-beating go-fast engineering, all the way down to the smallest of details. Amazingly, the Trevita manages to take all that goodness a step further thanks to its unique exterior aesthetic.

At a basic level, you could describe the Trevita as a limited-edition variant of the Koenigsegg CCXR Edition. The name means “three whites” in Swedish, a reference to the model’s extreme rarity and standout exterior hue.

While other composite supercars show their weaves in raw black (or, occasionally, a colored tint), the Trevita boasts white carbon fiber, created in-house using a unique manufacturing process. The resulting material gives off an enticing silver glean, which, applied to a car, creates a “diamond on wheels.”

Updated 08/18/2017: We added a series of new images taken during the 2017 Monterey Car Week.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Sedan

Established in 1994, Koenigsegg is already 23 years old as of 2017. And for a 23-year-old company, it has developed into quite the successful business. It all started with variations of the CC in the early 2000s and continued with the Agera in 2010. In 2015, the Swedish firm launched the Regera, its first ever hybrid. Come 2017 and Koenigsegg is working on brand-new vehicles, one of which is most likely a four-door sedan.

Although not yet confirmed for production, the sedan is more than a rumor, having been discussed by the Swedish brand in many interviews. While it made it pretty clear that it won’t build an SUV (for now), Koenigsegg did admit that a four-door sedan is in the making. Not only the company’s first vehicle that isn’t a supercar, but it could also be the first high-performance luxury sedan with close to (or even more than) 1,000 horsepower. There’s no information as to when the four-door will hit the market, but it’s unlikely that it will happen before the 2019 model year.

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PostHeaderIcon Take A Look At Koenigsegg Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Koenigseggs are some of the most beautiful cars on the planet, so imagine the possibilities if the Swedish automaker partners with Swedish camera maker Hasselblad for a stunning photo shoot. Well, don’t imagine it because it actually happened. Koenigsegg and Hasselblad went on locations in and around Ängelholm in the province of Skane in Sweden to partake in a photo shoot for the ages with a pair of Koenigsegg Ageras serving as the proverbial models.

The shooting took place as recently as May and June 2017, a time that Ming Thein, Hasselblad’s chief of strategy, described as ideal since the weather was more balanced and the natural distribution of light in the environment was more appropriate to the kind of stylized treatment the camera maker was going for. The results, as you might expect, are downright spectacular, a testament to the status of Hasselblad as one of the best in its fields. The production behind it certainly felt that way too, as Hasselblad pulled out all the stops to make sure the photo sessions were worth all the trouble, including using three drones from drone company DJI, one of which is considered the largest photographic drone available on the market today. Put all these pieces together and you have a photo shoot of a lifetime, as you can see from the incredible shots that we’re taken.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg SUV

Established in 1994, Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg has developed into a notable sports car builder quite rapidly. The CCR and CCX of the mid-2000s placed the brand on the automotive map, while the Agera, introduced in 2010, established its reputation as a solid maker of limited-edition supercars. The One:1 and the Regera further cemented its place among iconic companies such as Ferrari, Bugatti, and McLaren. Come 2017 and Koenigsegg is working on new products, including a four-door sedan. Word has it we might also see an SUV in its lineup in the future, but Christian von Koenigsegg said, back in 2016, that such a project won’t happen. However, we believe that a people hauler is definitely on the company’s drawing table.

While it might not arrive in the immediate future, an SUV wearing the Koenigsegg badge is likely to happen beyond 2020. With Bentley having already joined the market and Lamborghini set to do the same by the end of 2017, Koenigsegg will probably find it difficult to say no in a few years. SUVs are becoming increasingly popular, and a high-performance luxury model would be quite popular among folks with deep pockets. That’s exactly why we created a rendering of a Koenigsegg SUV and put together a speculative review about what it may bring to the table.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Is All Out Of Regera Supercars

In case you’re in the final stages of formalizing a payment plan to pay for the $1.9 million Koenigsegg Regera supercar, you might need to call a halt to the proceedings. Your luck just ran out. See, Koenigsegg only produced 80 examples of the Regera, and all are now accounted for. Word of the “disappointing” development comes straight from Koenigsegg, with a post on the company blog. The car Koenigsegg describes as a “tour de force of technology” is officially sold out.

It’s an impressive achievement to sell $152 million worth of Regeras in such a short amount of time. Remember, the 1,500-horsepower supercar was introduced just 15 months ago at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Considering its price and outright exclusivity, it’s amazing to think that all 80 units now have buyers. There is some good news, though, if you’re still in denial about missing out on the cars. Koenigsegg didn’t identify those who scored one, but it did indicate the possibility of finding any of the 80 Regeras in local dealerships. That could mean that an unspecified number of these supercars were bought to be resold. You’ll definitely have to pay a bigger premium for these cars than you intended, but hey, that’s the price you have to pay for waiting longer than you should have to get yours.

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PostHeaderIcon Manny Khoshbin’s Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon Crashes at Factory


Self-made billionaire Manny Khoshbin is a well-known figure in the world of hyper cars for his unique taste and, of course, his vast collection. Sadly, though, his efforts to expand this magnificent collection has hit a bump as his one-of-a-kind Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon crashed before they even delivered it to him.

So what happened is a Koenigsegg test driver took Manny’s Gryphon out for a run on their test track but for some reason or another he ended up in a ditch. The brand-new, multi million dollar hypercar suffered considerable body and mechanical damage, which means Manny is not going to get it. Not to worry, of course, as Christian von Koenigsegg himself has pledged to build Mr Khoshbin a one-off Agera RS. This one is going to be repaired and used as a factory test car. As for the test drive who crashed the Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon, we reckon he’s not going to be allowed behind the wheel anytime soon!

Don’t feel bad for Manny, though. It’s not like he is short of hypercars to enjoy himself while his bespoke RS is being built. Here’s just a little taste of what his personal garage looks like:

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This is what Manny Khoshbin himself had to say about the incident on Instagram: “Yes it’s true! After mourning the past few days I am sad to announce My Gryphon while being tested by factory driver went off the track and suffered body damage. Fortunately no one was hurt and I was contacted same day by Tariq and Christian himself with sincere apologies, as well as offering different solutions to situation. The one I liked the most, is that the factory repair and keep the Gryphon, as a factory test car and then build me a brand new Agera RS with a very unique specification. I must admit having dealt with many car manufacturers, I’ve never seen more genuine, professional company than Koenigsegg. Accidents do happen but how they respond is what makes them!

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Agera RS1

As the car world goes absolutely bananas over the release of the quarter-mile killing insane-o-mobile known as the Demon at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Koenigsegg is providing anyone with muscle car overload with a little respite. Say hello to the Agera RS1, a speedy Swedish meatball that’s far more car than the domestic straight-line one-trick pony from Dodge.

Koenigsegg first launched production of the Agera in 2011, and updated it by adding upgrades and special iterations every few years. The most notable of these is the venerable One:1, which was released at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014 with an incredible one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, producing one horsepower for every kg of curb weight.

The Agera RS could be considered a follow up to the One:1, using a lot of the same equipment but with a slightly less bonkers power-to-weight ratio. That said, it’s still very fast, offering an impressive 0.83 horsepower per kg.

Regardless, the Agera RS is an absolute performance powerhouse, framed as “the ultimate track tool” for buyers. This RS1 model is the first example off the production line, bearing a bespoke exterior and interior worthy of such a machine.

Only 25 Agera RS models will be built, all of which were spoken for as of January of last year. Read on for more info on what makes this thing so damn beastly.

Continue reading to learn more about the Koenigsegg Agera RS1.

PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg CCX

Founded in 1994 with the precise goal to produce a world-class supercar, Koenigsegg launched its first production model in 2002. Dubbed CC8S, it was the result of eight years of development and an improved version of the CC prototype, which is said to have been inspired by the McLaren F1 and Ferrari F40. The CC8S was followed by the CCR in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2005 that Koenigsegg introduced its first state-of-the-art supercar, the CCX.

Short for Competition Coupe X, the CCX was built to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the completion and test drive of the first CC prototype and was the company’s first global car. Designed and engineered to comply with global safety and environment regulations, especially those required by the U.S. market, the CCX features significant alterations compared to the CCR. It also had a brand-new, designed in-house engine, a choice of two transmissions (a first for Koenigsegg), and ran of 91 octane fuel, making it suitable for the United States and meeting the strict Californian emission standards.

It was also the first Koenigsegg to be produced for more than a coupe of years, with the last example being built in 2015. A total of 30 CCX units were produced in ten years, plus another 19 special-edition models such as the CCXR, CCXR Edition, CCXR Special Edition, and CCXR Trevita. One CCX was used for crash tests and one was kept by the factory as a test car. Some CCX cars have later been upgraded to CCXR specs.

All told, the CCX was an extremely important car for Koenigsegg, one which ultimately helped the Swedish company to develop the Agera and the One:1. That’s why we decided to have a closer look at the supercar that basically turned Koenigsegg into a global manufacturer.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Heads To Geneva With A Pair Of Regeras That'll Turn You Green With Envy And Red With Lust

A few years back, Koenigsegg wowed the world with the debut of the Regera at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. In case you’re unaware, the Regera is an absurdly fast high-powered plug-in hybrid hypercar capable of spinning the world backwards like Superman turning back time. Now, the manufacturer from Sweden is heading back to Switzerland to show off the initial pair of customer-bound Regera models, both of which are still hot off the floor from Keonigsegg’s production facility in Angelholm.

These latest Swedish meatballs represent the first time Koenigsegg has built two individual cars simultaneously, and demonstrate the rapid expansion that the niche automaker has experienced over the course of the past year. That expansion now includes two specific model lines on tap (the Regera and the Agera), a growing dealer network, and a staff that’s nearly doubled in size.

And that’s to be expected when considering the quality of the product on hand. For example, the first Regera slated to show in Geneva is draped in an exterior color similar to British Racing Green. That emerald-like hue is courtesy of a green-tinted clear coat, which shows the carbon fiber weave hiding underneath if you look close enough. Inside the cabin is Saddle Brown leather upholstery with a basket weave, while flat leather is used for the seats, rear wall, doors, and steering wheel. In the corners are Tresex hollow-core carbon rollers, which offer a 40-percent reduction in weight when compared to traditional alloys. The tires are Michelin’s Pilot Sport 4S compound.

Joining the green Regera is another sovereign automobile, this time finished in candy apple red with bare black carbon running up the middle. This example also gets bare carbon for the side intakes, while the cabin gets a black leather interior with Lingonberry trim. Meanwhile, the wheels are three-spoke carbon units in a custom design.

Both owners are expected to take delivery of their respective Regeras in the next few months.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Agera RS ‘Gryphon'

Koenigsegg had a real winner on its hands when it introduced the 2010 Agera. So much so, that a number of other models like the Agera R, Agera S, and Agera X all came to be within just a few years. Then, in 2015, we were introduced to the Agera RS, a car that is billed as the “ultimate track tool” and slots above the Agera R, but below the One:1. Through a means of improved aerodynamics and weight reduction, the RS truly became a powerful track demon. Only 25 RS examples were built, all of which sold out quickly, with the first 10 being spoken for before the car even went into production. Now, two years later, Koenigsegg is coming back to the Geneva Motor Show with a new version of the RS, but this isn’t exactly a version you want to take on the track, even if it’s more than capable. Fitted with the optional 1MW engine, and doused with healthy doses of gold flake, this baby is the definition of special editions.

But, it’s not all about the gold flake and horsepower when it comes to the Agera RS Gryphon. This thing is prepped to be fully compliant with U.S. road regulations, which means you can drive this 1,360-horsepower beast from coast to coast if you really want to. There are plenty of cabin comforts and driving aids, and the roof can even be stored under the front hood. It’s a beautiful and well-appointed special edition, so let’s dive on in and take a closer look at it, and what makes it so special.

Updated 03/27/2016: We added a series of new images for the new Agera RS ‘Gryphon’. Check the “Pictures” tab to check them all.

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PostHeaderIcon This Is What A Naked Koenigsegg Regera Looks Like

Supercars and hypercars, by their definition, are meant to scream for attention. Whether it’s with their outlandish looks, colorful bodies, or their stomach-churning power, these cars are as likely to be as ignored as discounted freshly baked bread. I say this because Koenigsegg is back at it with another one of its employee renderings and the latest design study is a shining example of a stylistic approach that eschews all-around flamboyance in favor of a simpler look meant to showcase the hypercar in about as raw a state as it can be.

This rendering comes by way of Koenigsegg’s current facility manager and overall longtime employee Chrille. According to the Swedish automaker, Chrille (no last name was mentioned) has been around Koenigsegg so long that he’s probably worked in just about every division in the company. Apparently, he’s worked in the composites branch, the finishing station, and the service area, and that doesn’t even include his current occupation as facility manager.

So when pressed to create his very own interpretation of what a Koenigsegg Regera should look like, Chrille took a far different approach with his rendering compared to what everyone else before him has done. Instead of dressing it up in fancy colors and saying that it’s been inspired by this-or-that, Chrille went back to basics… and barely touched the Regera.

Sure, his rendering has tone-on-tone black stripes, anthracite-finished brake callipers, and an optional aerodynamic kit, but the body of the hypercar, by and large, is devoid of any color. We all know that since Regeras are built largely from carbon-fiber, what’s left of the body without any color is the carbon-fiber, or at least in this case, naked carbon-fiber in its complete, unaltered, natural shade. That fact alone makes this particular Regera rendering a true sight to behold, even if it does look a little too close to the Raven Black Regera designed by Koenigsegg’s own art director, Lisa Johansson.

Say what you will about Chrille’s design choice, but you can’t argue that a naked carbon Regera looks just as good as all the other renderings we’ve seen in recent weeks. It may not have their flash and panache, but it is natural. At the end of the day, that counts for a lot too.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg's Design Chief Dresses Up Regera In A Popsicle

Well, this is a little different, isn’t it? Koenigsegg’s on-going Regera rendering exercise has yielded some impressive results over the past few weeks. We’ve seen the megacar dressed up in fancy colors like Bordeaux Red and Battleship Grey. We’ve seen the Regera get the all-black treatment. We’ve even seen one Regera rendering inspired by the late music icon Prince. Today, Koenigsegg is back with a new rendering from no less than its chief designer Joachim Nordwall, whose interpretation involves turning a flashy eye on the Regera.

Six renderings into this admittedly impressive exercise, we finally get a Regera in colors typically associated with performance cars of supreme ability. Take a look at it. The orange and white treatment is flashy, flamboyant, and difficult to take your eyes off of, for all the right reasons. If you’re seen driving a Regera in these colors, you better be prepared for the waves of attention you’re automatically going to get. That comes with the territory of having a supercar that pops out even more because of how it looks in vivid color.

This particular Regera rendering also tells us something about the styling preference of the man who led the design effort of the car in the first place. Joachim Nordwall is Koenigsegg’s design chief so you can be sure that when the company was developing the look of the megacar, it had to get the approval of Nordwall before it could proceed to develop and subsequently build. It’s nice to see then that Nordwall isn’t above this particular exercise and it’s even better that he didn’t pull any punches with his interpretation because, at the very least, his rendering of the Regera is definitely not for the meek of spirit. It explodes with color and personality, just like what the Koenigsegg Regera is supposed to be.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg Regera Gets Another Shot Of Red And Black

Koenigsegg’s Regera rendering exercise is going on its fifth week now and I think speak for a lot of people when I say that Koenigsegg’s employees have done well for themselves in showcasing their skills in the art form that is rendering. For the most part, the employees have come up with some incredible works of art, most notably the Bordeaux Red Regera by Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg’s sales director for continental Europe and Scandinavia and the Battleship Grey Regera by Mattias Vox, the Swedish automaker’s Prototype Manager and so-called “vehicle builder extraordinaire.” The latest rendering comes from Jonas Voss, Koenigsegg’s director of electrification (or “EV propulsion,” according to his LinkdIn profile), and his interpretation brings together one of the coolest two-color combinations you’ll see used on a beast like the Regera.

Red and black are arguably two of the best colors used as body colors on cars if done properly. Combining the two can yield impressive results. In some ways, Bjurmar accomplished that with his Bordeaux Red interpretation a few weeks ago. It wasn’t just the predominantly red finish on the Regera that was attractive; it was also the use of black as a secondary color and the burst of yellow streaks throughout the body that brought the whole color combination to life. By contrast, Voss’ interpretation also features black as a secondary color, but does do away with the yellow streaks, instead using white streaks to create a well-balanced three-color combination.

It’s admittedly not the sexiest rendering (that, in my opinion, still belongs to Bjurmar) nor is it the one that I’d want to be seen driving (Vox’s Battleship Grey version takes the cake there), but it’s arguably the one that’s going to get the most attention, as if the Regera needs more of it to begin with.

Here’s what I do know: these Koenigsegg Regera renderings don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon and for what they’re worth, I hope Koenigsegg’s employees don’t get tired showing them off on a weekly basis. I can’t imagine what Mondays would be like without them now.

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PostHeaderIcon Koenigsegg's Latest Regera Rendering Is Ready For Its Close-up

At this point, these Koenigsegg renderings of the Regera have become important events in our weekly automotive calendar. That’s been the case since the calendar flipped to 2017 as we’ve been treated to a weekly dose of renderings from people inside the Swedish supercar maker. Copywriter Steven Wade kicked things off with a Prince-inspired purple Regera before Johan Bjurmar, Koenigsegg’s sales director for continental Europe and Scandinavia, followed suit with his Bordeaux Regera. Then last week, it was art director Lisa Johansson’s turn and she opted for a Raven Black Regera that looked sexy to the hilt. Now it’s the turn of Mattias Vox, the automaker’s Prototype Manager and so-called “vehicle builder extraordinaire” whose interpretation of the mega car involves dressing it up in a classy grey finish with white trim and plenty of clear carbon fiber.

Vox’s treatment isn’t as eye-popping as the Bordeaux Regera nor is it as flamboyant as the purple Regera that was designed to honor the bombastic music icon. But this one is arguably the cleanest and most stylish of the four Regera renderings we’ve seen so far. The choice of colors are ideal complements of one another and the use of the clear carbon fiber further elevates its aesthetic appeal.

Yes, I know that I’ve spent the past four weeks gawking at these renderings and marvelling at the creativity of those who work for the Swedish automaker. Admit it though; they are impossible to ignore, especially with the level of originality that was put in the creation of these renderings. All four so far are as unique as the tastes and preferences of the people behind them.

Now that we’re four renderings into this admittedly awesome exercise, let’s all hope that Koenigsegg keeps this up. It’s going to feel weird waking up on a weekend without going to Koenigsegg’s Facebook page and gawking at the latest Regera rendering to come from its employees.

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