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273-MPH World Record Contender: Koenigsegg Agera R

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On: Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:34PM | By: Chris Weiss

273-MPH World Record Contender: Koenigsegg Agera R

After Bugatti set a 268-mph world record back in July, we've seen a lot of hypercars in the 1,000+ horsepower category listing estimated top speeds in the low to mid 270s. The latest example is the Koenigsegg Agera R, an even more hardcore version of Koenigsegg's latest supercar with a claimed top speed of around 273 mph. Koenigsegg got out of the gate a little early and did a Geneva eve reveal of its latest creation on Monday.

The Agera has barely even hit showrooms, and Koenigsegg is already tantalizing potential buyers with an even more potent version. The R-spec Agera gets a larger twin-turbo V8 with a displacement of 5.0 liters and output of up to 1,115 hp and 885 lb-ft of torque (up from 897 hp and 811 lb-ft of torque from the 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8-powered Agera). The engine is connected to a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission developed in conjunction with Cima.

The Agera R sits on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and weighs just 2,926 lbs., a weight that Koenigsegg says makes it the "lightest fully homologated Hypercar presently in production."

Though Koenigsegg is calling the 273-mph figure a "theoretical top speed," the Swedish supercar-maker brings more credibility to the table than a lot of other world-record wannabes. In 2005, its CCR set the world record of 241 mph, holding it for more than two years until the Shelby Supercars Ultimate Aero stepped in to claim it.

Unfortunately for drivers who don't wear a Koenigsegg racing suit, the speed limit is electronically limited to 233 mph. But if the conditions (road, tire wear, service level, etc.) are just right, the speed limiter can be temporarily unlocked to provide access to the Agera R's full capabilities.

Other features helping to give the Agera R its road-scorching capabilities include 260-mph-rated Michelin Super Sport tires, a dynamic rear wing, and a removable panel roof.

I can't imagine that the Agera R will ever be the wheels of choice for a ski trip—even in St. Moritz—but Koenigsegg plans to offer a winter package, which includes Michelin snow tires, a customized Thule Lightning Roof Box that matches the car, a pair of custom skis from Swedish outfit Extrem, and a ski trip to Sweden's Copperhill Mountain Lodge. The Lightning Roof Box serves in place of the standard roof panel and looks pretty priceless attached to the top of a 1,115-hp hypercar.

The Agera R will start at $1.6 million, but Koenigsegg hasn't indicated how much the winter package will cost. Chances are good, however, that the difference between $1.6 million and the winter package price won't make or break the model for the type of multi-millionaires and billionaires that could afford an Agera R to begin with.

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