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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]
The Jet race seems to be over. There are no passenger planes as fast as the Concorde anymore, and there are no military jets as fast as the SR-71 Blackbird anymore either.
Thankfully, on tarmac, the speed race is still on. Ever since the Ferrari F40 broke past the 200-mph barrier for a production car, supercars have been getting faster and quicker. The current king in the top speed game is the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which has hit 268-mph.
But Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg has other goals on its mind, like acceleration and deceleration figures. In pursuit of that, Koenigsegg took its latest car, the Agera R for some acceleration runs.
The results (which are yet to be confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records) are quite astonishing. The Agera R went from 0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) in just 14.53 seconds and then came to a complete stop just 6.66 seconds later (a devilishly good time don’t you think). In comparison, the Veyron SS takes 16.7 seconds to hit 186 mph from a standing start.
Koenigsegg wasn’t done yet. The automaker then went on to take the 0-200 mph record with a time of 17.68 seconds. The stop from 200-mph took just 7.28 seconds. That means, in a span of just 24.96 seconds, you can hit 200-mph and come back down to zero. Astonishing!
We are now awaiting a confirmation by Guinness for the record run, and Koenigsegg will release an official video of this run very soon indeed. In the mean time, check out the teaser video after the jump.
The Agera R is powered by a twin-turbo 5.0-lite V8 making 1,115-hp on E85 ethanol.
GALLERY: Koenigsegg Agera R
GALLERY: Koenigsegg Agera R Debut in Geneva
Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg has launched its latest version of the CCX at the Geneva Auto Show to celebrate the brand’s 15 years and the vehicle’s timeless design. Koenigsegg refers to it not as a special edition, however, but a a whole new mode, called the Agera. The name “Agera” has two meanings, the first being from the Swedish verb “to act,” while the second is derived from the Greek “Ageratos, which means “ageless.” Both origins seem incredibly appropriate.
Helping the Agera to act is a more powerful version of the 4.7-liter twin-supercharged V8 which now makes 910-hp and 811 ft-lbs of torque. Koenigsegg claims a 0-62 mph time of just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of over 245 mph.
Other highlights include the trademark Koenigsegg doors, a new traction control system, LED lighting, blue hood stripes that continue on through the cockpit of the car and a custom interior with a new “Ghost light” lighting system, where blue light emanates from invisible light tubes from between the billet interior.
The Agera will join the CCX and CCXR in Koenigsegg’s lineup. It is currently undergoing final testing and will begin production this summer.
GALLERY: Koenigsegg Agera
Thanks to photos and information from GTSpirit, we’re able to bring you the very latest supercar from Koenigsegg – the Agera. Looking mostly similar to the CCX, the Agera appears to be some sort of special edition version of the Swedish supercar.
So what’s so special about it? We’re glad you asked.
For starters, the 4.7-liter twin-supercharged V8 has been boosted further to create an incredible 910-hp and 811 ft-lbs of torque. When combined with an ultra-low curb weight of just 2,832 lbs and using a sequential gearbox the Agera can hit 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds and blast on to a top speed of 242 mph.
Style-wise, the Agera does get slightly modified front and rear bumpers and, like every other car these days, the Agera gets some LED lights. The car’s carbon-Kevlar body is specially designed to produce downforce at speed, with 661 lbs of downward force being generated at 155 mph.
According to GTSpirit, just 16-20 Agera models will be built each year, starting later this year.
AutoGuide will bring you plenty of new photos of the Agera and of the rest of the cars at the Geneva Auto Show with live coverage starting next Monda, March, 1st.
GALLERY: Koenigsegg Agera