Over the last decade or so, Volvo has been a little like an ADHD transfer student, changing schools and trying out different curricula with varying degrees of success, though never really nailing it. In its long and stellar career as an extraordinarily safe and reliable Swedish workhorse, Volvo has recently come through a series of ownership changes remarkably unscathed. Since hunkering down under Ford’s Premium group umbrella in 1999 and then, in 2010, coming into Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s possession, this Swedish stalwart is now finally settling down and looking to seriously reestablish itself in the performance arena.
Back in 1995, Volvo hooked up with Porsche and served up the game-changing T-5R, a turbo-charged version of the 850 which was good for sprints from 0-60mph in 6 seconds flat and topped out at an electronically limited 155 mph. This marked Volvo’s first attempt at targeting the enthusiast segment and was a solid first pass. During the next two years that same vehicle was offered as the 850 R and gave tremendous support to Volvo’s efforts to add a bit of hutzpah to their boxes on wheels.
Swedish hypercar maker Koenigsegg doesn’t seem to be content to languish in Bugatti’s shadow; why else would it have facelifted and tweaked the CCX/CCR model family extensively enough to create the Agera? But even the Agera takes a back seat to Molsheim’s Veyron Super Sport in terms of both engine output and outright speed.
It’s probably not a coincidence, then, that Koenigsegg is going to introduce the Agera R at this week’s Geneva Motor Show. As is the case with most cars branded with an “R” designation, the Agera R has been fortified with vitamins O, M, and G, if you catch our drift. What exactly does that entail?
A few years ago a car maker named Koenigsegg blew 13 year-old gear head minds everywhere when their CCX hurled Jeremy Clarkson around the TG test track like a tetherball. It sounded like a Corvette that was poked with a cattle prod, and had a top speed very close to the almighty bug. And all that from a Swedish company that insisted its name used every letter of the alphabet. A few years and 8 million gallons of spent fuel later and Koenigsegg is about to unleash their newest hyper-car underdog; the Koenigsegg Agera. When it debuted at the Geneva Auto Show this year the number of kidneys on ebay went up 1000%.
The Agera’s 4.7L V8 produces 910hp and 811ft lbs of torque, making it one of the most powerful cars on terra firma. Like its older simblings its shape is 100% appropriate for both the category and price called “hyper car.” While the closest we’ve been to one is a T1 line, our friends at 0-60 mag got invited to look at where the magic happens. They went into the factory, watching Ageras being built like the Orks in LOTR. As much as I respect mechanics and titanium bolts, they don’t make the best car porn. That’s why they took an Agera out to an airstrip, and showed the lucky SOBs of 0-60 what it can do (even in the wet.) Make the jump to watch the video…
One of the best ways to announce to the world that your ship has come in is to, er, buy one. But you come to Sub5Zero to read about cars (and perhaps the occasional helicopter), not boats. Besides, even if you do have a luxury yacht or other fancy vessel and a berth in the Hamptons or on the French Riviera, you’re going to need some way to get around on terra firma. What if there was a way to get a cool car that matched your cool boat? Better yet, what if you could carry said cool car inside said cool boat so you’d have wheels wherever you dropped anchor?
Strand-Craft is proposing just such a watercraft, the 122 Open. Measuring 38 meters (124.7 feet) in length, the 122 Open will feature a pair of MTU diesel engines sending a combined 9,400hp through a pair of Rolls-Royce jet drives. Not enough, you say? Strand-Craft will install a third “booster” engine good for another 5,100 ponies if you so desire. The company says that will help the 122 Open reach a top speed of 55 knots (63 mph), which is very quick for a 120 ton motor yacht…with a garage.