PAHRUMP, Nevada—Pinned to the leather-wrapped racing seats, Jeffrey Cheng, the proprietor of this notably stunning Chalk and Orange Agera RS, shouts out 20 mph increments like he’s an auctioneer—100 mph, 120, 140, 160, 180. And raise and offered.
“That was only about half throttle,” he smirks.
Half throttle? How is that this automotive road-legal? How is it not a direct felony? What simply occurred? After only a single minute in a Koenigsegg Agera RS on a closed part of Nevada’s Highway 160, the sister automotive to the record-breaking Agera RS, I’m confused, ideas, and struggling to catch my breath. This is a redefinition of my conception of “fast.” A mind-altering expertise. This will not be a automotive; it’s a drug, plain, and easy.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is the last word iteration of the Agera lineup. Unlike earlier variations, Koenigsegg changed its “standard” 1,000 horsepower twin-turbocharged V-Eight engine for the One Megawatt engine that was first included within the Koenigsegg One:1.
How a lot horsepower does the automotive make? Enough, however when pressed, Christian von Koenigsegg instructed us, “Over 1,380.” He even chuckles on the absurdity of the quantity.
As for the automotive’s weight, Koenigsegg’s specs state three,000 kilos, however that determine is probably going a number of kilos over what comes out of the manufacturing facility. The finish result’s the seizure-inducing hypercar described above.
As we decelerate to a extra “reasonable” 120 mph, my eyes get the chance to return to their regular positions. And with that, I regain the power to absorb the Agera RS’ inside dimensions. From the surface, the Agera RS is tiny, its footprint is barely greater than a Ford Fiesta.
Of course the Agera RS is wider and decrease than the pint-sized Ford, however the general size makes you imagine that the inside might be something however spacious. Like Doctor Who’s TARDIS, nevertheless, the Agera RS’ inside is greater on the within.
First and foremost, the motive force and pbadenger sit impossibly low within the hypercar’s chbadis. It’s an outdated comparability, but it surely looks like in case your rear was any decrease it will turn into a part of the automotive’s flat backside undertray, skipping throughout the pitted desert freeway.
The windshield wraps round you want a Le Mans prototype, though doesn’t come totally round for similar views. It does, nevertheless, supply spectacular sight traces for while you cross the 200 mph threshold.
Furthermore, whereas different supercars would doubtless have their occupants rubbing shoulders given their minuscule dimensions, i.e. Ferrari’s LaFerrari and Aston Martin’s Valkyrie, the Agera RS affords every pbadenger greater than sufficient room to wildly wave their fingers because the automotive accelerates to “Go directly to jail, do not pbad go, do not collect $200.”
Cheng and I banter slightly bit backwards and forwards as I try to muster a coherent retort to the Agera RS’ immense acceleration. I can solely bademble a relatively crude expletive to which he laughs. He then offers the Agera RS slightly greater than half throttle.
My abdomen feels prefer it’s plastered to my spinal column. This isn’t a machine constructed for violence, however a machine constructed for battle. I’ve pushed quick cars prior to now; Lamborghinis, Ferraris, a number of McLarens, a number of tuner automobiles, and even a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse; that is totally different.
My view on velocity modified after I exited the Bugatti and my mind, on the time, rightly believed that my notion of final velocity was full. That ideology shattered within the Koenigsegg.
It’s a lot extra violent than the Bugatti, like a fighter jet with its afterburners at full tilt. The Agera RS is a uncooked nerve, uncovered to the world, able to be triggered on the slightest contact; a rabid Scandinavian wolf. It’s the very distillation of what a supercar must be; mad doorways, loopy velocity, light-weight, and a violent mood.
After our run down the twelve miles of Highway 160’s closed take a look at monitor, I exited the Koenigsegg’s dihedral synchro-helix doorways grinning as if I had simply pulled a financial institution job. Cheng noticed my smile and requested, “So? What do you think?”
My reply was barely an articulation, resembling one thing nearer to Neanderthal grunts and hoots. There’s simply no parallel within the automotive world.
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is alien. It looks like the last word iteration of the car. Every sensation that automobiles ship has been concentrated and refined to supply a automotive that has no equal and sure by no means will.
The expertise has left me with only one query for Christian von Koenigsegg, “When can I drive one?”