ZINVO's Favorite Cars: Koenigsegg Agera RS
In this edition of the ZINVO's Favorite Cars series, we have a real treat for you serious car fanatics out there. Behold, the ultra-exclusive Koenigsegg hypercar. And do you know what's more difficult than pronouncing the car's name? Becoming an actual owner of a Koenigsegg. If you haven't heard of the Koenigsegg before, read on and discover what it's all about.
There are supercars, and then there are hypercars. These are supercars that are rarely ever seen on the road and are rarely ever driven by ordinary people. The Koenigsegg Agera RS is just one of those supercars.
Koenigsegg Automotive is the brainchild of Christian von Koenigsegg, a brilliant Swedish visionary with many innovations and breakthroughs under his belt. Owning a supercar company has been a dream of his since he was five years old. And in 1994, when he was just 22 years old, Christian made his dreams a reality when Koenigsegg Automotive was born.
The company is the holder of not one, not two, but an incredible three Guinness World Records:
- World's Most Powerful Production Engine
- World's Most Powerful Production Car
- World's Fastest Car
Among the company's incredible collection of extraordinary vehicles is the Koenigsegg Agera RS. A true testament to human ingenuity and engineering, only 25 of these awe-inspiring machines were built. Despite its price of $1.5 million, there's plenty demand for this insane hypercar. The Koenigsegg car manufacturing process is very similar to the one at Pagani, whereby each car is custom made by hand per the customer's specifications. However, at Koenigsegg, the company builds their own engines, transmissions, and control systems too.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS Engine
The engine on the Agera RS is, how shall we say it, monstrous. It is a Koenigsegg twin-turbo aluminum 5.0 Liter V-8, producing 1160 horsepower, while surprisingly using regular 95-octange-gasoline. What's more, it shockingly accelerates from 0-60 MPH in 2.6 seconds and 0-186 MPH in just 14 seconds. These extreme speed and acceleration stats are precisely why Koenigsegg machines are labeled as hypercars rather than merely supercars. But, how does it even stay on the ground?
Along with the engine, the transmission is also a Koenigsegg. Built entirely in-house, it has a 7-speed paddle shift with an auto shift mode, which combines with the Koenigsegg Electronic Differential (KED), the Koenigsegg Gearbox Control Module (KGCM), and the Koenigsegg Stability Control (KES) for maximum and safe acceleration under any weather condition.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS Exterior
During the Super Cars Club Arabia Scandiera Rally last year, we couldn't resist taking some pictures of the ZINVO One Carbon and ZINVO Blade watches posing on the seductive curves of the Koenigsegg Agera RS. While the engine under the hood is undeniably incredible, what really gets our gears going is the look of the Koenigsegg.
While each Agera RS is completely customizable to its owner's specifications, the foundations remain same. The chassis—composed of carbon fiber, aluminum honeycomb, and integrated fuel tanks—only weighs 154 lbs.
The body is made from pre-impregnated carbon fiber/Kevlar and lightweight sandwich reinforcements. This combination makes the vehicle incredibly strong and extremely light.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS Interior
The interior of the Agera RS has been compared to the inside of a spaceship before. However, seeing as the inner space of any Koenigsegg is customizable, it's really up to the owner.
The Koenigsegg Electronic Stability Control (KES) has three settings: Wet, Normal and Track. Similarly, Traction Control (TC) offers the same three settings. Drivers can choose to have both KES and TC on, KES on and TC off, or both KES and TC off.
The center console of the Agera RS has all buttons forming a circular shape with the "start/stop" button appropriately in the middle of the ring.
Christian von Koenigsegg is the real life equivalent of Bruce Wayne and his vehicles are like Batmobiles (if not better). Koenigsegg Automotive demonstrates that even the craziest dreams can become reality when driven by unwavering passion and steadfast determination.