Christian von Koenigsegg creates some of the most powerful cars in the world, and his company always finds a way to extract just a little more power or a tad less weight from each new product. In a new video, he explains that drive and makes the work sound easy.
Christian von Koenigsegg has big plans for his company, including a potential four-door model and a radical new camless engine design. Racing could be in the cards too, but don't expect to see the Swedish automaker to produce anything much more attainable.
The new Koenigsegg Agera RS revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show may not be quite as extreme as the One:1 that came before, but promises to be even faster than the Agera R and Agera S... not to mention just about anything else on the road.
Latest teaser from Koenigsegg confirms the new Regera supercar will offer plug-in recharging, potentially putting it in the same class of seven-figure hybrid hypercars as the Porsche 918, McLaren P1 and LaFerrari.
It's not every day that Koenigsegg comes out with something really new. Its Agera may be one of the fastest cars on the road, but though there have been many iterations along the way, it's essentially based on the same car the Swedish automaker has been building for the past decade or two. The latest word has it, though, that Koenigsegg is planning something new – but that's not even the biggest news.
Few bragging rights are as hotly contested as Nürburgring lap times. Things have gotten so heated, in fact, that automakers have started slicing up the pie even finer: who makes the fastest sedan ever to lap the Norschleife, who the fastest front-driver, the fastest this and the fastest that. But the ultimate bragging rights still belong at the top of the leaderboard for the fastest street-legal production car. And now another exotic automaker is throwing its hat in the ring.
Volvo Trucks thinks that its latest FH semi truck has a little sports car DNA mixed in with the ability to haul heavy loads thanks to its novel dual-clutch gearbox. And the company's marketing department certainly has an intriguing strategy to get the word out about the big rig's sporty traits. First, it staged a prank on an unsuspecting valet on the Italian Riviera, and now the FH has lined up a track battle around the Knutstorp racetrack against Sweden's ultimate supercar – a Koenigsegg
Automotive recalls are often deadly serious matters of safety, but sometimes one comes around that makes you scratch your head and wonder, 'Why even bother?' That was the exactly the case with a newly reported campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that bordered on the absurdly humorous. It concerned a single Koenigsegg Agera built in December 2012 as a 2013 model for the US.
"Entry level" is a relative term. For Nissan, for example, that means a $12k Versa. For Mercedes, it means the $30,000 CLA. For Porsche, the $50k Boxster. In Ferrari terms, that translates to the $200k California. But what does it mean for Koenigsegg, a company that makes supercars that sell for upwards of $1 million?
The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 has opportunity to become the new king of the supercar world. Its twin-turbocharged, 5.0-liter V8 has been tuned up to 1,341 horsepower (1,360 PS) thanks in part to its proprietary, 3D-printed variable geometry turbos. Plus, with power equal to one megawatt, the company claims it has created the world's first megacar.
No more having to work through brokers or call your people in Europe when you want to trade up to this year's Koenigsegg, now that the Swedish supercar syndicate has appointed New York's Manhattan Motorcars to be its first US dealer. Putting high priority on the company it keeps, this will put the Agera R in a Gotham classroom alongside pupils from Bugatti, Bentley, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce. All the better for it to get called on when it raises its hand for potential buyers.
What's in a name? For Koenigsegg's latest creation, something totally awesome, that's what. The "One:1" designation refers to a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio – one horsepower per kilogram. And the magic number? One-thousand, three-hundred and forty-one. Hold on to your butts, indeed.
Koenigsegg is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, and for the occasion, the Swedish specialists are taking the hypercar to the next level with its new Agera One:1 at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. In fact, it claims that, because it is the first production car with a one megawatt of power (1,341 horsepower), and a power-to-weight ratio of one-to-one (kilogram to horsepower), it goes beyond super or hyper and is actually the "world's first megacar."
If this seems crazy (and awesome), that's because it is. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Koenigsegg is planning a car called the One:1 – as in, one horsepower per pound kilogram. Head honcho Christian von Koenigsegg describes this new hypercar as a "money-is-no-object venture" for a dealer in China.