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2018 Agera R

The Koenigsegg Agera R is an exclusive hypercar born from the mind of Christian von Koenigsegg, a Swedish entrepreneur who turned a childhood dream into a reality when he formed his own car company over 15 years ago.

Koenigsegg favors evolutionary design changes and the Agera R shares its overall dimensions with the CCX it is tasked with replacing. It stretches 169 inches long, 78.6 inches wide and just 44.1 inches tall.

Designed as a race car for the road, the Agera R's low-slung design is accentuated by almond-shaped headlights with integrated LED daytime running lamps, a wraparound windshield with a single wiper, small side windows and large air vents in front of the rear wheels. Out back, the Agera R boasts oval LED tail lamps, a mid-mounted exhaust and a functional air diffuser, while scissor doors that open at a 90-degree angle finish off the look.

For open-air motoring, the Agera R features a removable roof panel that can be stowed away in a compartment located in the front of the car.

Jaw-Dropping Power

The Agera R - a name that means "take action" in Swedish - is powered by a 5.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that churns out 1,140 horsepower and a brutal 885 lb-ft. of torque. The 2,932-pound Agera R sprints from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of over 273 mph.

Contrary to what the aforementioned numbers might suggest, the Swedish supersports car isn't all about power. Huge brakes on all four corners enable the Agera to accelerate from zero to 124 mph and come to a full stop in just 12.6 seconds.

Life Aboard

The Agera R offers a track-inspired interior with room for two passengers on leather-upholstered two-tone bucket seats with contrasting stitching. The center console, the multi-function steering wheel and parts of the dashboard are crafted out of carbon fiber in order to reduce weight.

The instrument cluster consists of several small digital gauges housed in three main pods. They can be configured by the driver to provide a full panoply of information including the car's speed, fuel pressure, oil and the water temperature and even the approximate amount of horsepower generated by the engine at any given time.

A high-definition touch screen mounted on the center stack groups the Agera's navigation, climate control, entertainment and connectivity functions into a single unit. Unlike many startup supercar manufacturers, Koenigsegg designs and builds all switches and stalks in-house.

While cargo capacity is not what most supercar buyers are after, Koenigsegg proudly states the Agera is the roomiest car in its class with 4.2 cubic feet of trunk space.

Standard and Optional Equipment

The Agera R comes standard with power windows, adjustable pedals and seats, power steering, navigation, leather carpeting, a car cover, an alarm and a storage bag for the removable roof panel.

Buyers have access to a long list of options including different rear wings, stripes and decals, over ten exterior colors, three different wheel designs, miscellaneous upholstery colors, heated seats, a rear-view camera, four-point racing harnesses and, believe it or not, a pair of skis that matches the car.

Occupant Safety

The Agera R features dual airbags, a tire pressure monitoring system, an electronic stability control designed in-house and a Formula 1-inspired traction control system that provides five different handling modes.

Key competitors

At this price and performance level, the few vehicles that can be cross-shopped with the Agera R include the Pagani Huayra, the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 and Bugatti Chiron.