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Some of the Sexiest Cars we Can't Afford
There are automakers and then there are automakers. There are the Chevrolets and Toyotas of the world that offer huge model ranges and sell thousands upon thousands of vehicles each year and then there are specialty boutique brands.
Some of the world’s fastest and most exquisite exotics will be available in the U.S. once again.
The most potent debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show won’t come from an Italy or the U.K. It comes from Sweden.
Boutique hypercar builder Koenigsegg will have something particularly special at the Geneva Motor Show this year.
The rendered images here likely show the Agera One:1 from Swedish hypercar manufacturer Koenigsegg.
The automotive equivalent of yoga pants, wrap a car in carbon fiber and it’s instantly much, much sexier. This is certainly the case here.
10. Honda Integra Type-R
Forget the 12 days of Christmas. This is the seven days of dream garages.
Trading partridges in pear trees for horsepower in sexy sheetmetal, starting today each AutoGuide editor will reveal their list of the 10 cars we’ll be asking Santa for this year, giving a little insight into our automotive preferences.
Now 10 may seem like a lot to have in a dream garage, but narrowing down the list is harder than you think. When you’re dreaming, you want to dream big – but when it comes down to it, you start to think hard about which cars you realistically want to have.
So to kick things off, my list starts off with a Japan-spec Honda Integra Type-R. I can already hear what you’re thinking, “Wait, what? A dream car list and one of them is a Honda?”
Well, you know the saying: You never forget your first love.
Powered by a high-revving 1.8-liter B-series engine, the Type-R is one of the most balanced, best-handling front-wheel drive cars ever made. Its rarity in America has turned it into a collectible, and finding a mint condition one in today’s market is nearly impossible.
In fact, finding a low mileage Type-R will cost you nearly what the vehicle’s MSRP was when it first came out – if not more. So why not the Acura model? Well, I’ve always had a soft spot for the design on the Japan-only front end on the Integra, it’s simply a design that can hold its own even with today’s modern cars.
An even more extreme supercar is on the way from Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg with a knee-knocking power to weight ratio from which its name is derived.
Standing toe-to-toe with Bugatti Veyron, the Koenigsegg is harder to pronounce, lesser known, and more exclusive, arguably making this small Swedish carmaker the definitive supercar marque, full stop.
Continuing to raise the bar, the latest 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R now boasts an output of 1,140-hp. Since last September, Koenigsegg claimed a number of new production records, reaching 200 mph from a stand-still in 17.68 seconds, braking to a stop from 200 mph in 7.28 seconds, and finally a full cycle 0-200-0 mph run in 24.96 seconds. While the Bugatti Veyron Supersport holds the top-speed title at 268 mph, the Agera R sprints from 0-300 kmh (186 mph) more than 2 seconds quicker than the Bugatti. Mind-boggling numbers on paper, but what does that mean in real life?
From the Nurburgring pit lane access at Dottinger Hohe, the very end of a 2.2 mile long straight, a track-side fan records a top speed fly-by and receives a serious case of whiplash in the process, as the screaming 5.0-liter twin turbo V8 engine propels the Agera R to an insane 249.5 mph at the end of the straight.
The violent 250 mph pass is shown at the 1:40 mark. Hold onto your butts and check out the video below: Continue Reading…
If you like supercars, then you’ll love the Geneva Motor Show. It’s a venue for niche automakers like Pagani and Koenigsegg to display their latest products, plus each year in Geneva the two best known exotic Italian automakers, Lamborghini and Ferrari, reveal their latest models.
For a look at these, plus all kinds of wild machines you’ve probably never heard of, watch the video below:
Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg makes really cool cars, there isn’t any arguing about it. The company uses so much carbon fiber in its cars that even the wheels, which are hollow, are made of the stuff on the higher-end Agera R model.
Both the Agera and Agera R got a refresh and debuted Tuesday at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. These cars have a simply scary power-to-weight ratio, 2.63:1 pounds to horsepower. Running on E85, the car makes 1140 hp and has a top speed of 273 mph.
Cars like this impress on paper, but few people actually experience the thrills such machines can provide. Thankfully, Koenigsegg’s cars are a true joy to behold. Sure, spending time gawking is no substitute for driving, but it’s still a sight to remember.
We spent a little time snapping detailed photos so you could do the same vicariously through us.
GALLERY: 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R
One would find it hard to believe that Swedish exotic carmaker Koenigsegg would somehow find a way to improve its magnificent machines, but that’s exactly whats happening to the 2013 Agera.
The updated Agera model is set to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and with it will come eight new features that Koenigsegg has outlined for all of us to admire. Topping the list is the world’s first hollow, one-piece carbon fiber wheel that will be seen on the Agera R models.
The unique wheel is developed by Koenigsegg using a proprietary method called Aircore Technology. The new wheels will save 44 lbs in unsprung mass and the only metal part on the entire wheel is the tire valve.
Both the Agera and the Agera R will have the world’s first production engines with nano-surfaced cylinder sleeves. Other performance changes include a newly developed engine management system, a slight bump of the rev limiter from 7250-rpm to 7500-rpm, and a power increase from 940-hp to 960-hp on 93-octane fuel or 1115-hp to 1140-hp on E85.
For suspension, Koenigsegg has teamed back up with Öhlins Racing to turn Koenigsegg’s unique Triplex suspension into production, allowing it to become standard in the 2013 Agera. Koenigsegg Electronic Stability (KES) will also be standard on all Koenigsegg models.
Changes to further lighten up the exotic will be a new, lighter rear-exhaust section for the Agera R – that also helps improve the performance of the rear diffuser. Lastly, new front/side winglets will provide additional downforce for the Agera R, helping reduce drag.
We wouldn’t really call these changes or updates, but rather refinements when you’re already working with such an awesome platform such as the Agera.
GALLERY: 2013 Koenigsegg Agera
More than two years after Koenigsegg debuted its Agera R model, the Swedish automaker will finally bring the first one to America sometime this June according to a company executive.
The Agera R has set plenty of records already, including the Guiness World Record for 0-186 mph time. Its equipped with a 5.0L twin-turbo V8 engine with the potential of pumping out 1,115-hp with E85 or 940-hp with standard 95-octane gas.
Koenigsegg is also waiting approval to get a second exemption from a federal regulation that requires smart air bags – the same exemption NHTSA denied last year to Pagani. Interestingly enough, a valid excuse for low-volume, independent carmakers to use is “substantial economic hardship” when filing for safety exemptions. Ferrari, cited “hardship” within the last three years in order to not add the newer airbags. It would be a surprise if Koenigsegg, who produces only 15 cars a year (by hand nonetheless) wouldn’t get an exemption if Ferrari could.
Koenigsegg has apparently lost $7.7-million between 2006-2008 and expects to lose another $3.3-million between 2009 and 2011, when the current exemption expires. It’s almost silly that Koenigsegg has to explain to the Department of Transportation that “The Koenigsegg vehicle—a $1.32 million ultra high performance sports car—is simply not typically used to carry child seats or small children.”
Nonetheless, if Koenigsegg does get the airbag waiver, then we’ll finally see car number-92 as an Agera R in America. It’ll also be the first Koenigsegg built for the US market since 2008.
Koenigsegg is also already looking towards the future of its 100th car. To celebrate the milestone, they plan on showing off a render at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show and will build the car for themselves rather than for a customer order as it typically does.
Lastly, it appears that Koenigsegg is looking towards modifying its V8 engine to potentially run without camshafts. By using pneumatic-controlled valves, Koenigsegg could improve fuel efficiency between 20- to 30-percent. It’s a similar technology that’s seen in F1 cars.
GALLERY: Koenigsegg Agera R
[Source: Car and Driver]
10. Porsche 918 Spyder: $845,000
The list of the Top 10 most expensive new cars is even more shocking that you might expect. Released by Forbes, you can forget the Ferrari 458 or the $300,000 Lamborghini Aventador because even at the low end of the scale these models start at right around the one million mark.
In 10th place, at $845,000 is Porsche’s upcoming flagship, the 918 Spyder. When it does arrive later this year, it will come powered by a high-revving V8 engine making more than 500 hp, mated to a plug-in hybrid system that adds over 218 hp. Porsche claims a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds, with an incredible 78 mpg rating.
Nothing brings a tear to the eye quite like seeing an exotic involved in a car crash. This Koenigsegg CCX was sighted in Long Island, wrecked, appearing to have left the road after contact towards the front of its door panel. The exotic reportedly belongs to a Long Island-based car collector, known for his passion towards Koenigsegg’s machines.
The accident is reported to have occurred at the intersection of Berry Hill Road and Rodeo Drive in Syosset early Saturday evening. Fortunately no injuries were reported, though we’re sure someone’s pride and wallet is a bit damaged. The 4.7L twin-turbocharged, V8 super car has 806-hp and 678 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most sought after exotics in the world.
It was only a few months ago when we reported that the Koenigsegg Agera R had set record breaking times in acceleration runs from 0-200 mph and 0-300 km/h (0-186 mph).
Now these figures have been verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, and it has named the Agera R as the fastest accelerating production car in the world.
The famous record keeping organization reported that the Agera R went from 0-300 km/h in just 14.53 seconds. The 0-300-0 km/h run took just 21.19 seconds to compete, which is another record. The stop from 300-0 km/h took a very devilish 6.66 seconds, proving this car could truly be the son of Satan.
It also went on to claim the 0-200-o mph record with a time of just 24.96 seconds. The test runs were performed at the Angeholm Airfied in Sweden by Koenigsegg’s test driver Robert Serwanski at the wheel.
To fully enjoy these performance numbers, watch the video below: