The Koenigsegg Agera is a superlative car built by a unique company. Not only does founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg involve himself in the design and engineering, but he also frequently creates clever inventions to set his cars apart from some of the best cars in the world. While his previous models, such as the CC8S and CCX were impressive, headline-making vehicles, the Agera has really put the company on the map.

Adding Lightness … and Power

Even though this is just the base version of the car, you wouldn’t know it from its performance. Ditching the 4.7-litre engine used on the CCX, Koenigsegg developed a brand new 5.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 V8 for the Agera. It is also used in subsequent models, including the RS and Regera. Koenigsegg really worked their magic on this engine, resulting in a prodigious 927 bhp rating at a featherweight 197 kgs. And Christian himself designed an ingenious turbo setup that reduced backpressure and allowed the engine to produce an extra 300 bhp.

Performance and Design

Clearly, the car was designed to be as light as possible, with a final kerb weight of only 1,435 kgs. This allows the Agera to leap to 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds and hit 124 mph by 8 seconds flat. The top speed is rated at 249 mph, or just a few ticks under the mighty Veyron’s record. Everywhere you look, there are oodles of innovative elements on the Agera. Take the integrated fuel tanks that were built into the carbon fibre chassis so as to evenly distribute weight. Or the fact that the car features the world’s first single-input shaft twin-clutch transmission. The list goes on and on, but you get the idea.

Conclusion

The brilliant Agera model would soon spawn the R, S, and the RS, which claimed the title as the world’s fastest car when it burst on the scene in 2015. Brilliant engineering matched by stunning styling, along with a fortuitous rise in demand for high-end supercars allowed Koenigsegg to sell more Ageras than it did any of its previous models. With this kind of wind behind its sails, I can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

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