Koenigsegg supercars deliver mind-bending performance
Christian von Koenigsegg launched Koenigsegg Automotive in 1994 in Sweden at the age of 24. Today it is one of the most influential supercar manufacturers in the world and trails only Bugatti in market share.
Koenigsegg makes nearly every component of the car in-house and sells them for a starting price of $1.4 million per year. In a good year, the company will sell 12 to 14 cars per year, Bloomberg News reported, and in 2013 it celebrated the construction of its 100th car: a 1,030-horsepower, carbon-fiber Agera S finished with stripes of 24-karat leaf gold flow in from Italy.
"Asia is definitely our biggest market," von Koenigsegg told Bloomberg News.
Nicknamed the Hundra, this Koenigsegg Agera S was the 100th car ever built by the company. It is made from more than 4,000 custom parts and finished with stripes of 24-karat gold leaf, applied by an artisan flown in from Italy. Bloomberg News said the car is being bought by a customer in Hong Kong.
The Agera S was introduced to the market in 2012. The 2013 model features carbon-fiber wheels and a twin-turbo 1,040-horsepower engine that propels the vehicle to a top speed that exceeds 250 miles per hour.
Like all Koenigsegg cars, the Agera S is built with a detachable and stowable hard top. The company website says this feature "in combination with 120 liters of luggage space, truly combines extreme performance with everyday usability."
The $1.6 million Koenigsegg Agera R is similar to the Agera S, but it runs on biofuel.
The Agera R reaches a top speed of more than 273 miles per hour and holds world records for acceleration and braking, as it goes from 0 to 300 kilometers per hour and back to 0 again in just 21.19 seconds.
The Koenigsegg website boasts that everything in the Agera R interior is there for a functional purpose. The seats are made from carbon as is the airbag steering wheel. There's also a high-definition touch screen infotainment system that controls the sound, navigation and Bluetooth systems while also displaying performance data.
The base Agera, meaning "take action" in Swedish, has a twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 910 horsepower.
The Agera was designed with the company's minimalistic philosophy that dictates the shape of the car has to be purely functional. The only added features, according to the Koenigsegg website, are those needed to meet regulations, or enhance safety, ergonomics, practicality or aerodynamics.
The body of the Agera is made from pre-impregnated carbon-fiber/kevlar and lightweight sandwich reinforcements with carbon vents over the wheels.
The CC8S was the first production car ever made by Koenigsegg and introduced the world to the detachable, stowable carbon roof and dihedral actuation doors for which the brand has become famous. Six of these cars, which reached 62 miles per hour in less than 3.5 seconds and had a top speed of about 240 miles per hour, were built between 2002 and 2003.
Koenigsegg built 14 CCR models between 2004 and 2006. The car evolved from the CC8S with an upgraded body design, a larger front splitter, larger brakes and new tires and wheels. It also had a more powerful engine that put out 806 horsepower and set the speed record in February 2005 by reaching 388 kilometers per hour, topping the record set by the McLaren F1 eight years earlier.
The Koenigsegg CCX, or Competition Coupe X, debuted in 2006 -- 10 years after the original CC -- as the company's first car to meet U.S. safety regulations.
Produced through 2010, the base CCX came equipped with a 795-horsepower engine that reached a top speed of about 245 miles per hour.
The CCX Edition, unveiled two years after the original CCX, included a modified engine that increased power to 876 horsepower. It also took on a more track-ready attitude with stiffer springs, a rear wing, side winglets and a lowered chassis.
Only two CCX Editions were built by Koenigsegg, according to the company's website.
The CCXR is similar to the CCX except that its 1,019-horsepower engine runs on biofuel, making it among the world's first environmentally friendly supercar.
The CCXR Edition model was introduced at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show as a more track-oriented version of the standard CCXR.
The CCXR Special edition was the last limited edition model of the CCXR line. It boasts visible carbon body work and a double F1 wing along with an aerodynamic package with a larger front splitter and side winglets. The interior infotainment system has a g-force meter.
The Koenigsegg CCGT was produced solely so that the brand could enter the FIA GT1 World Championship race series, but never ended up competing because rule changes mandated that 350 units of the car must be produced per year for it to gain entry to the race. As a result just one of these cars exists.
The Koenigsegg Trevita, which translates into "three whites" in Swedish, was so named because the company produced just three Trevitas in total. All three featured Shimmering Diamond Weave body work, which manages to coat carbon fibers with a diamond finish so that the car sparkles when hit by sunlight.