Bug catcher: Koenigsegg Agera
So Captain Slow has set a new speed record in the Veyron SS. Good work – now meet the car set to obliterate it...
Posted: 01 Dec 2010
No matter. We’ve come here to Angelholm in Sweden to drive his new car, the Agera. We won’t be breaking any speed records, but be in no doubt this machine in its full state of tune would have a fair shot at beating the new Veyron. It has a more slippery shape than the previous 245mph CCX, and 104bhp extra power, taking it up to 910bhp.
The engine is all-new, twin-turbocharged now rather than twin-supercharged. Koenigsegg is chasing ultimate power and turbos are the way to go (the fact that the Veyron has four is a clue). The car we’re driving is an early development machine and uses a 4.7-litre V8 with twin fixed-vane turbos. The production car will use a slightly gruntier 5.0-litre engine with variable-geometry vanes on the turbos for greater flexibility of boost. It will also be fitted with a new seven-speed gearbox: because we’re in it so early, we’re restricted to the old six-speeder.