Koenigsegg’s latest supercar

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Koenigsegg has used the New York Auto Show to unveil its latest supercar – the Agera RS. Powered by a 5,0-litre, twin-turbocharged, V8 engine, the model is said to accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 2,8 seconds – and from zero to 300km/h in just 12,3 seconds – with cornering capability rated at 1,8G thanks to downforce generated by the body shell’s aerodynamic design.

The engine, developed in-house and hand-built at the brand’s Angelholm facility in Sweden, is claimed to produce in excess of 1 000kW of power – 1 014kW to be precise – together with 1 370Nm of torque. Drive is to the rear wheels through a seven-speed auto ’box, with output off the line governed by Koenigsegg-manufactured traction and stability control systems.

The vehicle on show in New York – like all others in the 25-car Agera line-up – has already been sold, the series having been fully subscribed as of January 2016, according to a statement released by the company.

The statement says the show car was specifically named RS1 by its owner, who, along with his son, was involved in the vehicle’s entire specification and build process. The vehicle is finished in Arctic White with highlights in a specially selected shade of blue on the front winglets, side skirts, diffuser and rear wing.

The interior is upholstered in striking blue Alcantara with contrasting polished carbon fibre and black anodized aluminum.

“The Agera RS1 has prodigious power, yet weighs just 1 394kg with all fluids,” the statement says. “This light weight is all the more remarkable considering that the car includes all modern electronic aids and comforts – climate control, satellite navigation, Bluetooth integration, a digital entertainment system, electric carbon fibre sports seats, fully adjustable pedals, a hydraulic lifting system to aid vehicle clearance, alarm, tyre pressure monitoring, and fully digitised information and warning systems.”

As with all Koenigseggs, the roof is removable for open-top driving, company spokesmen claiming no compromise in chassis stiffness or performance. “The roof is light in weight and, when not required, can be stowed in the luggage compartment under the car’s bonnet,” says the statement.

Suspension is by way of Koenigsegg’s unique, elongated double wishbones front and rear, supplemented by active dampers and the advanced styling of the aero kit. The engine management system’s software, too, has been developed by the company.

 

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