If your current Koenigsegg supercar is beginning to feel a bit old and and not as special as it once did, then you’ll want to take your bank manager to the Geneva Motor Show, where the 2013 model of the company’s Agera R will make its debut.
This new edition looks as insane as ever, but under that aggressive body shell Koenigsegg has been using some very advanced manufacturing techniques to make the latest Agera R even more incredible than the last.
Firstly, it’s a “flexifuel” car, meaning it’ll run on regular gas or E85/E100 bio-fuel. According to Koenigsegg, E85 biofuel has a higher octane than regular 95 RON fuel, so when you feed the car with E85, it develops 1140 bhp and 1200 nm of torque. In contrast, regular 95 will give you “only” 960 bhp.
So, you’ve filled it to the brim with lovely bio-fuel, and now you’re going to put your foot down and see what it can do. The answer is 0-62 mph in 2.9 seconds, 124 mph in 7.5 seconds and 186 mph in an astonishing 14.5 seconds.
If the pedal is sufficiently mashed into the carpet for long enough, Koenigsegg says the car will reach 273 mph. That’s a “theoretical” top speed though, and has yet to be put to the test. If it does reach that speed however, it’ll trump the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports’ 268 mph world record.
To give the car this amazing performance, Koenigsegg has been hard at work altering everything from the motor’s internals to the winglets on the front splitter. For example, Koenigsegg has developed its own engine management system to cope with both fuel types, and has become the world’s first car manufacturer to use nano-surfaced cylinder sleeves inside the twin-turbo 5.0 liter V8 to reduce wear.
The Agera R’s wheels are also unique, as they’ve been built using Koenigsegg’s own Aircore Technology and are actually one-piece, hollow rims made from carbon fiber. There’s only one metal component used in the construction of each wheel, and that’s the valve.
Add a lighter, re-worked exhaust system, a new aero package which adds another 20kgs of downforce at 155 mph, new Ohlins Racing shocks and a 7500 rpm redline, up from 7250 on the previous model, and it becomes clear the 2013 Agera R is more than a simple facelift.
The cost of the Agera R hasn’t been confirmed, so leave the negotiations to your bank manager while you sit in the driver’s seat and make vroom vroom noises.
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