ZINVO’s Favourite Cars: Koenigsegg Agera RS
Posted on Tuesday, April 18 2017 09:00:00 AM in News by ZINVO Europe
For this edition of ZINVO’s Favourite Cars, we managed to get our hands on the ultimate ride. The incredibly exclusive Koenigsegg hypercar was ours for the day and, oh, how we enjoyed ourselves with this incomparable machine.
Supercars certainly make for spectacular rides, but hypercars are beyond compare. Very rarely seen and incredibly difficult to own, hypercars are the car fanatics dream. And the Koenigsegg Agera RS is the very embodiment of this fantasy.
Founded by Christian von Koenigsegg, Koenigsegg Automotive is the result of ingenious Swedish vision and innovative advances. A childhood dream, Koenigsegg established Koenigsegg Automotive when he was just 22 years old.
Today, this remarkable company holds the title for three Guinness World Records:
One of the astounding vehicles in Koenigsegg Automotive’s line up is the Koenigsegg Agera RS. A pure demonstration of genius, just 25 of these unparalleled machines were ever created. And in spite of being worth a whopping $1.5 million, demand for this hypercar is through the roof. Similar to the manufacturing process at Pagani, each Koenigsegg car is crafted by hand according to the client’s desires and requirements. Koenigsegg Automotive goes one step further, however, to create their own engines, transmissions, and control systems.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS Engine
The Agera RS’s engine is a beast. An aluminium, twin-turbo 5.0 litre V8, this in-house built machine produces 1160 horsepower, while using just regular 95 octange gasoline. Incomparable in every way, the Koenigsegg Agera RS can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and reach a theoretical top speed of 439 km/h. It’s these insane numbers and specifications that translate to this ride being more than a supercar, thus the designation: hypercar.
But how, you may be wondering, does this machine not fly off the rails? The Agera RS’s transmission was also entirely crafted in-house. Boasting a 7-speed paddle shift with auto shift, this system combines with the Koenigsegg Electronic Differential (KED), the Koenigsegg Gearbox Control Module (KGCM), and the Koenigsegg Stability Control (KES) for extreme yet safe acceleration regardless of road and weather conditions.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS Exterior
As we’ve already seen, the power and engineering behind this hypercar is undeniable, but what we’re floored by is the Koenigsegg Agera RS’s look. We couldn’t not take advantage of how well this ride pairs with our ZINVO One Carbon and ZINVO Blade watches, so we snapped some shots of these stunning duos during last year’s Super Cars Club Arabia Scandiera Rally.
The departure for the design of the Agera RS remains the same despite each Agera RS being built according to its owner’s specifications. For instance, combining carbon fibre, aluminium honeycombs, and integrated fuel tanks, the car’s chassis weighs an unheard of 70 kg. Made from pre-impregnated carbon fibre/Kevlar and ultra lightweight reinforcements, the design and materials makes for an unbelievably strong yet extraordinarily light body.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS Interior
It would not be out of the ordinary to think of a spacecraft when viewing the Agera RS’s cabin. Though, as the interior of the Koenigsegg is completely made-to-order, the look is left up to the owner.
The Koenigsegg’s Electronic Stability Control (KES), however, comes with three settings, which includes Wet, Normal, and Track. The car’s Traction Control (TC) also offers the same three options. And giving the driver the ability to choose his/her driving style, the KES and TC can be on, off, or alternatively one on and one off.
The Agera RS’s central console holds all of the car’s control in the shape of a circle, with the ignition “start/stop” button situated congruously at the centre of the ring.
Batman may have the Batmobile, but with Christian von Koenigsegg around, we don’t need to wish for comic books and their awesome ideas to come to life. Koenigsegg Automotive proves that no idea is too crazy and that dreams can be made real thanks to passion and resolve.