Koenigsegg Agera R - Geneva Auto Show

By Editors on March 9, 2011 1:02 PM

Hottest version of the Swedish boutique automaker's newest "hypercar," the Koenigsegg Agera R strutted its stuff in Speed Racer-style trim. This carbon-fiber road rocket shares much in common with the standard Agera, but adds an extra measure of muscle. Weighing in at just 3,164 pounds curbside, both cars feature aerodynamically optimized composite body panels with a lift-off targa top element, dual underbody venturi tunnels, an auto-adjusting rear wing that changes its angle of attack in direct response to wind speed/pressure variations, and unique Koenigsegg alloy wheels with a VTR (Vortex Generating Rim) design wrapped in Michelin Supersport tires.

In place of the standard Koenigsegg-designed and engineered 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 940 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of peak torque, the R-spec engine makes 1,150 ponies and 885 lb-ft of twist. The mid-mounted all-alloy engine sends power to the car's rear wheels through a dedicated seven-speed dual-clutch/single-shaft automated transmission and a custom electronically controlled differential most effectively. While the Agera needs 3.0 seconds to blast from 0-60 mph, the Agera R requires but 2.9 ticks. Both are electronically limited to a 233 mph top end, but the Agera R has a theoretical terminal velocity of 273 mph when running unrestricted. To ensure these newcomers handle and stop with an equal measure of ultra-confidence, both are underpinned by a custom aluminum-intensive suspension system that builds on the hardware initially developed for Koenigsegg's previous CCX/CCXR models and fitted with huge carbon-ceramic ABS brakes.

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