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Koenigsegg Agera R: Fast As Advertised

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On: Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 4:40PM | By: Chris Weiss


Koenigsegg Agera R: Fast As Advertised

Supercar makers seem to like to spend holiday weekends working hard. Granted, the supercar companies in question don't necessarily celebrate these holiday weekends, but it's nice to see them working just the same.

Last year over Fourth of July weekend, Bugatti took its Veyron Super Sport to the track and came home with the world's fastest production car title for its 267.8 mph run. This past Labor Day weekend, Swedish supercar maker Koenigsegg made some world records of its own. While it didn't gain bragging rights for the ever-important top speed or 0 to 60/62 mph categories, its feats were quite impressive.

We knew the Agera R had what it takes for greatness and it's nice to see it proving everyone right. Introduced at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the Agera R features 1,115-hp and 885 lb-ft worth of 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Meanwhile, the car weighs under 3,000 lbs.

Greatness was indeed achieved. The Agera R set a total of six world speed records over the weekend, and while none were quite as brag-worthy as world's fastest car or world's fastest 0-to-60 mph, they show just what type of capability the car has.

The Agera R shot well past 62 mph in its world record bids, hitting 186 mph (300 km/h) in 14.53 seconds and 200 mph in 17.68 seconds. It was equally adept at slowing down, earning records in 186-to-0 mph time (6.66 seconds) and 200-to-0 mph time (7.28 seconds). And since both acceleration and deceleration times were world records, so were the cumulative 0-186-0 mph (21.19 seconds) and 0-200-0 mph (24.96 seconds) times.

Since these particular stats aren't necessarily a part of your average spec sheet, it's a little harder to appreciate the Agera R's achievements than the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport's. Compare the two on equal ground, however, and you'll see that Koenigsegg did something special. The Veyron Super Sport takes about 22.2 seconds to get to 200 mph (as tested by Autocar), some 4.5 seconds slower than the Agera R. In fact, the Agera R is already pretty far into its stop by the time the Veyron Super Sport hits 200.

Bugatti advertises a 0-to-300 km/h time of 14.6 seconds for the Super Sport, just over the Agera R's time.

The times are still awaiting certification by the Guiness Book of World Records, but were recorded by a third party with approved equipment. Koenigsegg plans to release some video of the record-breaking event, so stay tuned.


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