Watch a Koenigsegg Agera R easily break 200 mph on the Autobahn

Koenigsegg makes almost unnaturally fast cars, and the main issue with that is, outside of a track sporting a long straightaway, a lot of that potential goes untapped. Luckily for the guys in this video, there was a track conveniently nearby, but even more lucky that the way to get there was via a long stretch of Autohahn.

The drivers of the Koenigsegg Agera R are from gtboard.com, transporting the Agera to a track in Papenburg, Germany for a comparison run against the Porsche 918 Spyder. Setting up an over the shoulder camera, they share with us a great view out of the windshield as well as the cabin as they decide to stretch the legs of the Koenigsegg for a little pre-track warmup.

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We’re talking about a car powered by a 5.0-liter biturbo eight-cylinder engine that’s capable of 1,140 horsepower, shunting it all to that to the rear wheels. At a few traffic-free lengths of highway, the Agera R is opened up, rocketing the car upwards of 330 km/h (205 mph), as far as we can make out by the speedometer.

The poise of the Koenigsegg is amazing, making 200 mph look as smooth and drama-free as 60 mph, and that’s not even coming close to the theoretical limit of the car. Koenigsegg has stated that the Agera R’s max speed is approximately 273 mph, and if it ever gets there, then it’s taking home an armful of world records.

Okay, we’re a little envious over here. As amazing as the speed of the car is, as evocative as the engine roar sounds, and as thrilling as it must be to have a long stretch of unrestricted highway. The thing that makes us really jealous? Having drivers who know to get out of the left lane.

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