NAIAS 2018 Spotlight #2: Record Holding Koenigsegg Agera RS

The Koenigsegg Agera RS: An 1160hp monster created by Christian Von Koenigsegg at Angelholm, Sweden-based Koenigsegg Autimotive AB.

Back in November, I posted this video of Bugatti breaking the 0-400km/h-0 with the new Chiron in 41.96 seconds, covering 3.112km.

Shortly after Bugatti released their video, Koenigsegg released this video of their crack at the record. The Agera RS did 0-400km/h-0 in 36.44 seconds and in a distance of 2441m. In case you don't want to do the math, that's 5.52 seconds less than the Chiron, and just over 2,200ft less distance. Incredible!

As if that wasn't enough, a little while later, Koenigsegg took another crack at their own record on a closed road near Pahrump, Nevada. There, the Agera RS set a 0-400km/h-0 record in 33.29 seconds, and did all of it in 2239.5 meters. That's 3.15 seconds less than the previous run. And, in about 662ft less distance than the previous run.

And, while they were out there, with the closed, arrow-straight section of road, they had a crack at the title of "Fastest Production Car", previously held by the Bugatti Veyron Supersport, at 267mph.
The Agera RS passed that speed, and continued on to an average speed of 277.87mph, hitting 288mph one direction.

This exact Agera RS is on display at the Detroit Auto show (NAIAS) until Sunday in the Michelin booth.

Before this, I had never seen a Koenigsegg in person. I had always wanted to, but they are expensive enough, and rare enough that few people can afford them.


The Agera RS has a Carbon Fiber Monocoque chassis, carbon fiber body panels, even carbon fiber wheels.


If you are like me, you heard about Koenigsegg from Top Gear UK. In fact, I found Jeremy Clarkson's review of this car on Youtube before I had ever seen an episode of Top Gear. That video got me into what was the best car program on TV. Ever.


Rather unsurprisingly, as Koenigsegg's rarely get featured or mentioned in popular Hip-Hop lyrics and videos, appear in few movies, and are seen so rarely on roads in the Midwestern US, it's no surprise that many people at the Auto Show had no idea what this was. I heard the standard "Is it a Lamborghini?" more than anything else.

This was, by a huge margin, my favorite car from NAIAS this year. I still think I like the pair of Singers from last year a bit better, but this was certianly my highlight from the show.

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