February 27th, 2011

Unboxing: Koenigsegg Agera R

Say hello to the new Koenigsegg Agera R – the only Koenigsegg that you can take skiing. Now we have seen supercars with ski boxes before, but this one is different because it is the fastest supercar with a ski box option.

The ‘R’ has the same 5-litre V8 as the normal Agera but it has been revised to push out a massive 1,115 horespower and 885 lb-ft of torque. However this is only when running on E85 super Innoncent smoothie bio fuel juice. When you are running on weedy 95 octane petrol the engine can only kick out 940 horses and 811 lb-ft, which is far from sedate.

These ridiculously large numbers mean that the Agera R will be the most powerful Koenigsegg ever produced. We don’t know what it can do to sixty against the stopwatch but we do know that it wears rubber boots that are rated up to 260 mph, making them the highest-speed-rated tires in the world.

The Agera R should give its hypercar competitors a run for their money thanks to a favourable power to weight ratio. The ‘R’ weighs in at only 1330kg when dry. To put that into perspective, it is over half a ton lighter than a Bugatti Veyron.

 

Now lets talk about that ski box. It isn’t an aerodynamic aide but it is bloody cool. Costing £17,593, the carbonfibre box is a bit more special than the one you bought to put on top of your Zafira to take on your summer camping trips.

With the roof box on you are limited to 186mph, which means you will get to Val d’Isère a lot quicker than people on the peasantry coach. It must be added that winter wheels and tyres are another £7322 option, so if you are trying to save the pennies, I would hop on said peasantry coach.

The carbon monocoque of the R is so strong that a roof is not necessary. This means that the snazzy box keeping your two Koenigsegg carbon skis safe from the elements can be easily swapped for a conventional roof section or for nothing at all.

 

What we did notice over the conventional Agera is what looks like hydraulics for an airbrake on the rear wing to give it extra stopping power. Also the car is equipped with Vortex Generating Rim (VGR) wheels whose spokes act as turbine vanes that help maximise downforce. All of these subtle cues hint that the Agera R is one fast machine.

You can see Koenigsegg’s Agera R on their stand at the Geneva Motor Show next week. But if you want to buy one you will have to shell out just over a million quid as the ‘R’ package is £132,000 on top of the £875,000 which you need to pay for a normal Agera.

 

Words: Rowan Horncastle

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