Expensive News – AUTOS: Koenigsegg Supercar U.S. Launch

Expensive News –
AUTOS: Koenigsegg Supercar U.S. Launch
Ultra-high-tech Agera R introduced to North America by the Swedish automaker with a starting price of $1.5 million.
The Koenigsegg Agera R commands a stunning 2.6 pounds per horsepower weight ratio. (Photo: Koenignegg)

The Koenigsegg Agera R, the holder of six production-car records, has finally been launched on the American market. The Swedish supercar made its official North American debut at the recentPebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where the founder of Koenigsegg, Christian von Koenigsegg, was able to greet fans as well as potential buyers.

The U.S. entry of Agera R was initially held up while it awaited a smart-airbag exemption from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reportedly was recently granted.

The Agera R boasts a number of exotic technologies that add lightness and boost performance. (Photo: Koenigsegg)

In case you aspire to be a Koenigsegg owner, you had better be able to afford the price of entry, which for the latest Agera R starts from about $1.5 million.

Of course, there’s a long list of options to be had, especially now that Koenigsegg is offering customers a range of options through a newbespoke personalization service. Suffice it to say, that $1.5 million starting price can quickly reach the $2 million mark and beyond.

Matters of money will be quickly forgotten once hopping behind the wheel of the Agera R. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 5-liter V8, which is rated at 960 horsepower on regular pump gas or up to 1,140 horsepower when running on E85 fuel.

That much power translates to a power-to-weight ratio of 2.6 pounds per horsepower, which is why the Agera R dishes out 0-60 mph times of just 2.9 seconds (with launch control) with a claimed top speed of 273 mph – five mph more than the fastest Bugatti Veyron.

The Agera R also gets a host of new technologies including hollow-carbon-fiber wheels to shed weight, nano-surfaced cylinder sleeves to reduce friction and Formula 1-style pushrod suspension.

The Pebble Beach Concours is the only North American event where Koenigsegg currently makes an appearance. If you happened to miss them this year, the company has confirmed it will be on the lawn at next year’s concours.