Koenigsegg's Agera R. The Stig. A frozen lake
Koenigsegg’s new Agera R comes with a V8, two turbos, 1,115bhp, 275mph top speed and a nice practical roof box. Tom Ford reports
Posted: 05 Sep 2011
Push the middle button in the silver Simple Simon in the middle of the dash, and the dialset glows blue, accompanied by the jet-like whirr of priming fuel pumps. Press it again, and a heavy-duty starter motor thrums behind your right ear and the percussive bark of a 5.0-litre V8 bangs through the cabin like a sawn-off at close range. Oh my. First impressions are that despite the calming post-modern whiteness of the interior, the Koenigsegg Agera R is no sanitised supercar. It sounds more like a racer. One of the angry ones. Pull both paddles to engage neutral, pull the left-hand ‘down' paddle to engage reverse, pull back and out and finally pull the right-hand paddle for first. Feed in the throttle, find the biting point and ease away.