My views of Swedish cars usually don’t include hypercars or even sports car for that matter. I usually envision a happy nuclear family safely motoring down the road on their way to apple picking. There is a car company however that may very well change my opinion.
Koeniggsegg has been around for a while, since first coming on to the scene in 1994 with their CCX model. I’ve seen the car from time-to-time, showing up in random B-list movies and rap videos, although I never really took an interest in learning more about it. I thought it was one of those boutique car companies that would soon fizzle away after the rich owner got bored and moved on to the next thing to check off his bucket list.
Well 17 years later founder Christan von Koeniggsegg is still as passionate as ever dreaming up the impossible and making it a reality. His latest creations, the Agera and Agera R (2012), are nothing short of technical masterpieces. While I could literally write novels about the cars’ technical feats I thought I’d touch upon some of the more distinctive characteristics that make the Agera so special.
The name Agera means, “to take action” in Swedish and also comes from the Greek word Ageratos or “ageless”. Deemed as impossible or too expensive, Koeniggseg is among the very few, if any, boutique car companies that actually develop and produce their own engine in-house. The 5.0-liter V8 twin turbo engine is considered the lightest and most compact hypercar engine in the world producing 940 bhp and 1100 bhp for their ‘R’ model. This is quite an accomplishment considering the cars fuel consumption is 16 mpg and has emissions of 310g/C02. What really impressed me was the specially designed carbon-fiber monocoque chassis that embodies a built-in 21-gallon fuel tank as to evenly distribute the weight of the fuel throughout the car. The chassis design is not only physically brilliant it proved to be extremely safe thus allowing it to pass the U.S. crash test on the first try. While I have only found unofficial 0-60 mph times (3.0 and 2.7 for the ‘R’) I did manage to find an official 0-200 mph time; 17.68 seconds! We are living in mad times when car companies no longer provide 0-60 mph times but rather 0-200 mph. I love it!
Aside from the impressive technical attributes the Agera represents, I find this car to be strikingly sexy and aesthetically pleasing. Scissor doors, removable roof, turbine wheels, ghost-lite dash the list goes on and on! I have often dreamt of starting my own sports car company and too be honest I don’t feel the need to do so knowing the Koeniggsegg Agera is out there. It’s pretty much exactly the way I would want my car to look, sound and perform! This car is very special and while I have no idea what the price tag is, I can already say it’s worth every penny.