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Koenigsegg Agera RS 'Naraya' revealed
1160bhp, European Agera RS heads for Salon Privé debut. Contains gold. And power
It’s been just over two weeks since we saw the special edition Koenigsegg Agera XS - the first Agera RS to be homologated for the US - and now we see the first Agera RS headed to Europe. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Koenigsegg Agera RS ‘Naraya’.
The moniker is a name closely associated with the owner’s family, and the car features quite a unique personalisation scheme. First up, you’ll spot the clear blue carbon finish across the Agera RS’s flanks, and carried over to the carbon fibre tub too - the first time a Koenigsegg tub has matched the colour of the exterior. Then, there is gold.
And it’s here where things get interesting - monster twin-turbo V8 engine aside, of course. The gold leaf highlights were applied by hand by a chap named Ettore ‘Blaster’ Callegaro; a man renown in Italy for his craftsmanship. It took Ettore, working out of Koenigsegg’s factory in Sweden, two weeks, working 12-hour days, six days a week. It’s applied to the glued surface of the panel, and then ‘turned’ by hand using a very small tool. It’s then finished with a few coats of clear paint, to prevent scratches.
Inside, there’s blue alcantara with gold piping and stitching, more gold leaf highlights and an 18-carat gold ‘Naraya’ nameplate with 155 diamonds created by Ada Diamonds in California.
Of course, the RS gets that aforementioned twin-turbo V8 kicking out 1160bhp and 944lb ft of torque - surely a diamond in itself - sent to the rear wheels vis a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox. There’s also a Koenigsegg e-diff, the company’s own traction and stability control systems, lots of equipment, a hydraulic lift system and many other assists.
Quite a machine, no? It’ll be displayed at the Salon Privé supercar show at Blenheim Palace which kicks off later this week, and will be joined by two other very special Koenigseggs too. A One:1 - which recently set a VMax200 speed record at Bruntingthorpe - and the last ever Agera R.
Yeah, sounds like you want to get yourself down there…
Photography: L Johansson, A Chung