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
To drive, it's a lot more brutal than the virginal matt white paint and practical top-box would have you believe. Threading through the crisp blues, whites and greys of Sweden in the spring, things get hectic quickly. First up: the Agera would normally wear oil-drum-shaped rear tyres (345-section 20s),but at the moment is tippy-toeing around on 255 winters. While this is fine for braking a relatively light car from slow speeds on a slippery surface, given that the 'Egg-plus-box has 885lb ft of torque delivered by a pair of turbos the size of your head, it's like trying to stop an avalanche with a stern look and a cutting put-down. It also means that the Agera R is absolutely bloody terrifying. Not in the ‘Wow, this is so fast and thrilling - and yet I feel completely in control!' kind of way, but more in the ‘Christ, I've got to slow down. I have kids I want to see again' kind of way.