Everyone who attended to 2014 New York International Auto Show was treated to a very special surprise in the form of this stunning Koenigsegg Agera R. Koenigsegg is a Swedish supercar manufacturer that ranks among the top tier of the automotive elite, building just a few cars per year, each with seven figure price tags.
The Agera R is one of Koenigsegg’s most astounding creations, and until the recent unveiling of their One:1 Megacar, the Agera R was the marquee’s flagship. With 1140bhp available while running on E85, the Agera R has performance that will embarrass a Bugatti Veyron. In fact, the Agera R still holds the world record for 0-300km/h and 0-300-0km/h at 14.53 sec and 21.19 sec respectively. Top speed is a theoretical 273mph, but has yet to be verified.
This is one of those hyper-exotics that will make a Ferrari Enzo or Porsche Carrera GT seem tame. Even the new hybrid hypercars will only hang on to the Agera R for so long before falling back. It was truly a sight to be seen, and it stunned the crowds of people at NYIAS. In fact, most people had no idea what it was. I must’ve heard, “Wow, is that a Ferrari?” uttered about 50 times during the 20 minutes I spent looking at the car. A Koenigsegg is an exotic among exotics.
Drive takes us inside Koenigsegg, this time giving us a look at the design and process behind their new One:1’s special carbon fiber wheels. As stated in the video, the wheels are one of the most important parts of a car to make light, but they also require a lot of strength. Carbon fiber seems the perfect material then. Enjoy.
On this segment of Jalopnik on Drive we get an inside look at a man, Bruce Turk, who is probably America’s most obsessed Saab enthusiast and collector. These quirky cars inspire the hearts of many people, and Bruce is a great example of how to Saab properly. Enjoy!
Drive takes us inside the new Koenigsegg One:1. The car is named after its power to weight ratio (1hp/1kg) and Koenigsegg claims it to be the first “megacar” because it produces 1 megawatt of power (1360hp). Great video!
It doesn’t get too much more offbeat than a front wheel drive sports car with a two-stroke engine, and that is exactly what the Saab Sonett is. Petrolicious, as usual, has produced an incredible motion picture that will make you lust over a car you may not have considered before. I swear, if they did a video on a four cylinder Toyota Camry, I would probably want one quite badly after viewing it. Enjoy.
Bugatti Veyron Super Sport vs Koenigsegg Agera R. Even though we’re sure you have already seen this video, as a car blog, we are obligated to post it. Here, ladies and gentleman, are two of the fastest cars in the world going head-to-head on an open runway. It also happens to be one of the best lessons in Power-To-Weight-Ratio ever caught on camera. Enjoy.
This is really, and I mean really, significant. I had heard the idea of replacing camshafts with individual electronic actuators for each valve in an engine a few years ago, but the folks at Koenigsegg have developed a tangible prototype. This video from Drive’s Inside Koenigsegg series shows the system close up. Christian Von Koenigsegg claims the finished system should see an increase of 30% for horsepower, torque, and fuel economy on a gasoline engine. So, look out in your driveway and do the math on your own car, and just think how badly you can’t wait for this technology to be in widespread production.
Recently it was reported that BMW had expressed interest in purchasing Saab Automobiles. After hearing this news I found myself constantly pondering the possibilities of this acquisition and how BMW could make Saab work in the market where GM had failed. BMW will of course be in contention with numerous other bidders, however after much thought I see BMW as the most perfect match possible for the Saab brand and its resurgence.
On January 3rd, all the sales results for each major car brand sold in the United States were made public for the month of December, and consequently, the entire previous year. For the most part, 2011 was an excellent year for sales in the auto industry, a big step in the right direction since the turmoil of 2009. There were of course, some nasty issues that clearly affected sales across the board, but this year, only a select few CEOs should really need a drink today. So, let’s take a look at these numbers and see what falls out of the tree. Continue reading Some thoughts on the past year’s sales.→