Words by Jade Lu | Photos courtesy of Koenigsegg Automotive AB
After teasing the public with a pre-production version last year, the brand new production version Agera R was presented at the Geneva Motor Show this March 2011. The latest Koenigsegg hypercar is off the leash and ready to pounce.
No, it’s not a time machine. It’s more appropriately a time-warped machine. By that, I mean ageless, of course. The Agera takes on the original philosophy, shape, and size of the original Koenigsegg CC from 15 years ago. At the same time, its in-house developed 32-valve Twin Turbo V8 engine and LED-lit interior (among other things) keep it fresh and futuristic.
For this sexy beast to pounce, it needs the right amount of weight, or lack thereof. The Agera features the lightest and most compact hypercar engine in the world at a mere 197kg including the flywheel, clutch, dry sump system, and Inconel exhaust manifold with turbo. But don’t let the light weight fool you; the Agera's engine has class-leading power and torque characteristics. Depending on the version and fuel, it can reach a maximum of 1200 Nm of torque and 1,100 hp. To make certain of a long driving range, this ride comes with an 80 liter fuel tank. And seeing how everyone loves responsible luxury, the Agera engine complies with the most stringent environmental regulations in the world - EU5 and LEV2. Impressive!