The 2011 Koenigsegg Agera is a mid-engined targa-top hypercar developed by Koenigsegg as a successor to the Koenigsegg CCX.
The Agera uses a new, in-house-developed 5.0L (5,000 cc) twin-turbocharged V8 engine, with power rated at 946 hp (705 kW) and torque rated at 811 ft·lb (1100 N·m). The Agera comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Over the years, the Agera has spawned many higher-performance variations, including the 1140 hp Agera R in 2013, the Agera S in 2014, the One:1 in 2014, and the Agera RS in 2015, which is famous for setting a production car top speed world record in November 2017.
The Bugatti Veyron may be (slightly) faster, but the Agera is among the most interesting of the current breed of hypercar. It certainly has the requisite manic power numbers, courtesy of a 940 horsepower, twin-turbo, 5-liter V8. With a top speed of greater than 260 mph and a sub-three-second 0-60 mph time, no one can deny its performance. But Christian von Koenigsegg’s genius is in making his cars boldly distinctive, and while the CCX and its derivatives are definitely that, the Agera is a further evolution of the theme. From every angle the new composite body (draped over a variant of the CCX’s incredibly stiff chassis) is fascinating, and it also provides improved downforce. For example, those halo-shaped taillights surround heat-extracting vents to help cool the engine. And the wheels are specially designed as vortex generators, cooling the brakes and increasing downforce. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Koenigsegg without some special details, like the wraparound windshield, distinctive cockpit, and the ghost on the engine cover. Ghost? Yes, it’s a tribute to a Swedish air force squadron that previously occupied Koenigsegg’s Ängelholm facility and used the ghost as its emblem.
The Koenigsegg Agera carries the high performance characteristics of a hypercar, including a stellar top speed of 261 mph (420 km/h), handling comparable to high-end supercars like the 2017 Ford GT (with a cornering force of 1.13 Gs on average in the Forza Horizon series), and a 0-60 mph time of 2.88 seconds, outclassing most cars in its class. Braking is also superb, with the Agera taking less than 300 ft (91 m) to brake to a stop from 100 mph (161 km/h). At best, though, the Agera can be considered a low-end hypercar.
In a drag race, the Agera can win against the Pagani Huayra but not higher-end cars like the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and McLaren P1. Conversely, in terms of track capabilities, the Agera can only compete with cars like the 2017 Ford GT and Pagani Huayra due to its handling and braking, which are at best on par with the highest end of supercars. Adding upgrades to the Agera's engine, tires, etc. can help improve its performance and allow it to compete with high-end R-class cars and/or low-end P-class cars (high-end S2-class cars in the Forza Horizon series). In Forza Motorsport 5, the Agera has the highest top speed of all S-class cars.
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