If you have some spare cash on hand and are hunting for a vehicle with a little pop in the accelerator, then Koenigsegg Automotive AB may have the car for you.
The Swedish automaker’s 2014 Agera S “hypercar” will take you from 0 to 62 mph in a scant 2.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 260 mph if you have a long straightaway in your backyard. It also offers a V-8 engine that peaks at 1,030 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque, a max lateral acceleration of 1.6 g’s, and a braking package that enables it to decelerate from 62 mph down to zero in just 100 ft. All for a starting price of $1.46 million.
As dazzling as those numbers are, however, the Agera’s most amazing stat may be the size of its engineering staff. “We have between 15 and 20 engineers at any given time, and all of them have to do more than one thing,” Jens Sverdrup, regional director for Koenigsegg Automotive AB, told Design News. “Our software engineers do hardware. We have one engineer who designs our carbon wheels and our electronics. You can’t be a one-trick pony around here.”
Indeed, the engineers at Koenigsegg have a full plate. They designed the vehicle’s 5.0-liter, V-8 aluminum engine, front and rear suspensions, carbon-fiber monocoque, carbon-fiber leather-clad interior, and one-of-a-kind carbon-fiber wheels. And along with creating those performance systems, they also configured the car to include all the normal street-legal vehicle amenities, such as airbags, emission components, antilock brakes, electronic stability controls, and countless other necessary sub-systems. ”It’s brutal yet refined,” Sverdrup told us. “It’s an old-school supercar combined with new technology.”
From its 1,000-hp engine and Triplex rear suspension to its carbon-fiber wheels and custom-designed electronics, here’s a peek at the hottest hypercar around. (Click on the image below to start the slideshow.)
Koenigsegg’s Agera S accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of 260 mph. The Swedish automaker has built 30 of them, with some selling in excess of $4 million. Starting price is $1.46 million.
(Source: Koenigsegg Automotive AB)
You only need at most the first two gears to get to 62 mph. Heck, my 92 Mazda MX-3 with a 1.8L V6 redlined in 1st at 30 and in 2nd at 60mph. At least in that one you could push it to the max thru the fist two gears and part way into 3rd before hitting the freeway speed limit. It was fun to drive for over 200,000 miles.
Given sufficient HP and a decent aero package, a lot of cars can hit those speeds but often by sacrificing low end peerformance. Imagine the ratio range in the gearbox necessary to allow a 7000 RPM engine achieve 0-60 in 2.9 seconds AND run a top end of 265. A 7 speed gearbox with a final ratio of 0.7 or less to 1 that could handle 1000HP is a major engineering achievement! Riding a motorcycle that can do 0-60 in 3.1 seconds is a pretty good rush, I can't imagine what it'd feel like in a car.
I am disappointed that you did not cover the Hennessey Venom GT. I am a bit prejudiced since Hennessey is just a few miles down the road. It is a bit quicker... It is always nice to take a gander at the rich folk's toys - I just ignore the comments of the 'hand wringers'.
There was a nice write-up by a chap from across the pond - Richard Meaden
I have to admit, William K, I wouldn't want it. In the past decade, I've had two snowblowers stolen from my garage (I live in the Chicago area). I also had the airbag module removed from my '96 Olds Cierra. If I put this car in my garage, I'd need a 24-hour security guard. They'd probably steal the security guard, too.
Thanks, bob from maine. I, too, am amazed by the 1.6 G's on the skid pad. It's great to get to 1.0 g's -- 1.6 is off the scales. I actually think that figure is far more impressive than the speed, but the speed makes better headlines.
I could be wrong, naperlou, but I believe the Corvette ZR1 from 1990-'95 had similar speed. I recall a Lotus engineer telling me that theoretically, he believed he could get the ZR1 to 300 mph with a few changes.
While this cr is certainbly an engineering marvel with it's fuel-dragster performance, it certainly does not come acrross to me as a very good return for the price. But I suppose that for anybody able to afford such a vehicle as this one that practicality would not be much of a consideration.
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