1,000 Horsepower Is Just Not Enough: The Koenigsegg Agera RS

Source: Geneva International Motor Show

Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg claims that its Agera RS has “its focus set firmly on the track but is still perfect for regular use on the road.” Yeah, right. We’d love to see somebody barreling down the interstate in one of these things, dodging cops, gawkers, and potholes alike, as its captain pilots it to the track for some thrashing. But hey, if Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus can make the SCG-003 road legal, why not this bad boy?

Utilizing advanced technology from the Koenigsegg One:1 program, the Agera RS pilfers the best creature comforts from the company’s previous R and S models, so that a luggage compartment can be utilized when it is time to take those titanium and carbon fiber clubs out for a quick round at the driving range. This model also bests its predecessors with advanced lightweight sound insulation, an all-new front splitter, and cannards that have been optimized for the track, along with the more aggressive side skirts and space-age under-tray that works in tandem with the dynamically active rear spoiler for added down force and sex appeal.

Source: Koenigsegg
Source: Koenigsegg

The RS is far lighter than its ancestors too, as the body is made out of a pre-impregnated carbon fiber/kevlar blend and shares even more chromosomes with the One:1 program. This car is also quite customizable, and drivers can choose to go with either an active and self-leveling chassis package, a myriad of aero packages, active sound cancellation, and other insanely expensive stuff.

Sticking with the whole drivability theme, Koenigsegg has built the car’s engine so that it can run on high octane pump gas, and the Agera RS can even be configured to run on E85 for more power at the pump. According to company CEO, Chrisitian von Koenigsegg, “the Agera RS is the ultimate in road and track versatility. It offers the most extreme performance available today and yet is fully road legal.” But because only 25 RS models will be handmade, with ten of them selling beforehand, it might be best to call them up ASAP if you want one.

Source: Geneva International Motor Show

So let’s move on to the gory guts of this sexy, Swedish slasher, because it really does have some amazing features that allow it to get to 250 miles per hour. From the active rear wing and independent front flaps, to the carbon fiber/aluminum honeycomb chassis composition, this beauty fuels the need for speed. It’s integrated fuel tanks, and double-wishbone front and rear suspension are 100% handling oriented, and even the rear upper wishbones are carbon fiber. It also has two-way electronically adjustable gas-hydraulic shock absorbers, push-rod operated Triplex dampers out back, and the  ride height is electronically manageable so that adjustments can be made independently per wheel.

Back in the transmission section, the Agera RS shifts at the speed of light (though not really, but really fast) courtesy of  a seven-speed paddle-shifter set-up that features an auto shift mode, while a Koenigsegg Electronic differential, a Koenigsegg Gearbox Control Module, and a reinforced gearbox  handle all of those prancing ponies. While its 36-foot turning radius may not be stellar (according to Edmunds’s studies that’s worse than a full-size Jeep Wrangler), it is important to note that this car is huge, for while it may be low-slung, it is five inches wider than any modern American muscle car, and it remains pretty damn long to boot.

Source: Koenigsegg
Source: Koenigsegg

The wheels on the RS are Koenigsegg’s very own Aircore, hollow carbon fiber wheels, and feature a 19-inch by 9.5-inch configuration up front, with 20-inch by 12.5-inch versions in the rear. They come with locking center-mounted hubs (because these bad boys ain’t cheap), and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup2 tires hit all four corners with Michelin Supersport rubber as an option if you feel like daily driving the damn thing. Stowed behind the wheels and tires are a set of massive ventilated ceramic discs, six- and four-piston Koenigsegg calipers, and stainless steel brake lines. The Agera also features a clever Koenigsegg Electronic Stability Control with three settings (Wet, Normal, and Track), and it has its own self-leveling system in order to keep both driver and car completely in control.

Moving into the power department, the Agera RS sports a fully-built twin-turbo aluminum 5.0-liter V8 that rocks four valves per cylinder, has twin camshafts, a dry sump lubrication system, multi-point sequential fuel injection, a closed loop wide band for monitoring air to fuel ratios, and twin ceramic ball bearing turbochargers that scroll on Koenigsegg’s own patented back-pressure reduction systems with variable turbo geometry. A carbon fiber intake manifold optimizes intake flow, while forged internals bump uglies, and a high-flow exhaust system talks dirty to anyone who wants to hear it. All told, this car puts down a sternum-crushing 1,160-horsepower, and while zero to sixty times aren’t officially confirmed yet, rumor has it that these cars roll in around the two to three second mark.

But one of the coolest things about this car is that after all of this it still remains road legal. For that we must applaud the boys over at Koenigsegg; sure, it is highly unlikely that you will drive this thing to brunch on the weekends, or leave it in a random parking garage, but it is nice to know that you don’t have to trailer it to the track every time you want to have some fun.

A few of the more commuter-friendly amenities we like include the removable hardtop, dual airbags, power windows, adjustable pedals and steering column, leather interior, and memory foam carbon sport seats. Other niceties include climate control, power steering, and ABS-equipped brakes for rainy weather. This car also sports some serious tech too, with a built-in navi, MP3 player, USB port, a digital warning and info system, and a four-wheel tire pressure monitoring system. Always wanted leather carpet but were too afraid to ask for it? Well nows your chance to get it along with a roof storage bag, a hand-made car cover, and a Koenigsegg car charger. While pricing is an “inquire only” type of thing, it is safe to say that this bad boy will likely run well north of $1.65 million before taxes.

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