Hot Swedish Hypercar Hits 250 MPH
And you thought eluding the cops at 90 mph in your turbo Saab was exciting. On April 5, the Swedish 1,200-horsepower Koenigsegg Agera R topped out at 249.54 mph on a 1.5-mile straightaway at Gran Turismo’s Nürburgring Nordschleife, blowing past the Porsche GT3, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo, and 116 other super fast, super sleek, supercars at the event.
The Koengisegg Agera R’s performance last Thursday was mind-numbingly fast, but it wasn’t pulled out of thin air. Last September the car broke five production car records including 0-200 mph in 17.68 seconds, 200-0 mph in 7.28 seconds, and 0-200-0 mph in 24.96 seconds.
According to the car’s Norwegian owner, Bård Eker, the man at the wheel who pushed the needle to nearly 250 mph, the car had “no problems with stability under extreme speeds. The tarmac was a little bumpy while braking so It was quite exciting before the left turn.”
What’s the Swedish carmaker’s secret sauce? Hidden under the Agera R’s pre-impregnated carbon-fiber-and-kevlar Batmobile exterior is an aluminum twin turbo 5.0-liter V-8 (coupled to a seven-speed dual clutch, 1 input shaft transmission with paddle shifters), with four valves per cylinder, titanium connecting rods, and a carbon fiber intake manifold with dual electronic throttle bodies. It also uses multipoint fuel injection with dual injectors per cylinder, four high power fuel pumps, and a ceramic coated inconel reduced back pressure exhaust system.
Koenigsegg claims the Agera R can be used as a daily commuter. Projected top speed: 273 mph. Base price: $1,611,000. Fuel economy: N/A.