Koenigsegg Agera R Heads for Geneva, Complete with Ski Caddy
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?
Well, the most noticeable difference (at least when you depress the loud pedal) is an extra 30hp for a total of about 940hp (Torque stays the same at 811 lb.-ft.). At least, that’s the output if you run the 5.0L twin-turbo V8 on premium gasoline. If you fill the tank with E85, you’ll have 1,115hp and 885 lb.-ft at your disposal. Yeah, that’s still 85 fewer ponies than a Veyron Super Sport, but keep in mind the Agera R has a similar 7-speed double clutch transmission and, more notably, should weigh about half a ton less than its Franco-German foe.
Naturally, there are some other changes that are visible on the surface. There’s a Vortex Generating Rim (VGR) at each corner to increase downforce by way of its turbine-like spoke pattern, and each one wears a specially designed Michelin tire that’s been certified to not turn to mush and/or shrapnel at speeds up to 260 mph. Is that the Agera R’s top speed? We’ll probably find out soon enough.
Other visual changes, like the Speed Racer Mach 5-inspired paintjob and the removable Thule ski box that attaches to the likewise removable roof panel, are custom touches commissioned by the person who ordered the Agera R pictured here. We assume the larger rear spoiler, though, is a standard Agera R piece. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet (we’re going to bet on “a lot”), but when you’re looking to steal some of the current production car speed king’s thunder, is cost really that important?