Naza Group today introduced an exotic hypercar in Malaysia via its new unit Naza Swedish Motors Sdn Bhd. It is the Koenigsegg Agera S. Present at the launch today was the man himself, Mr. Christian von Koenigsegg to explain to us his 1030hp creation. The price tag on the Agera S is a staggering RM5 million, before taxes.
Here’s an exclusive interview and walk-around the Agera S with founder Christian von Koenigsegg!
|Name||Koenigsegg Agera S|
|Engine||5 litre V8 bi-turbo engine|
|Transmission||7-speed dual clutch|
|Max Power||1030hp @ 7100 rpm|
|Max Torque||1100Nm @ 4100 rpm|
|Price||RM5,000,000 (before tax)|
Famous brands that originated from the beautiful land of Sweden, as we know of are Volvo, Saab, IKEA (and its meatballs) and Hennes & Mauritz (H&M). Many may not have heard of the hypercar marque until the recent video game inspired movie, “Need for Speed“, where three Koenigsegg Agera R were street racing. They were only kit cars by the way, and Koenigsegg Automotive AB denied involvement in building them except lending the production team an actual Agera R for their modeling purposes.
Everything started as a child’s dream of building his own racing car. At the age of 22, Christian von Koenigsegg started Koenigsegg Automotive AB in 1994 and produced his first prototype 2 years later, the Koenigsegg CC. In year 2002, he introduced his first production car the Koenigsegg CC8S that won multiple accolades including ‘Most Powerful Production Engine’.
From then on, there were the CCR in 2004 (fastest production car in the world 2005 @ 388.87 km/h), CCX in 2006 and CCXR in 2007 (world’s first green hypercar, biofuel powered).
The Agera made its world debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. ‘Agera’ means ‘to take action‘ in Swedish. It features a Koenigsegg developed 5.0-litre variable geometry twin-turbo V8 engine, with a newly developed 7-speed gearbox. It produces 910 hp. In 2011, the Agera was pumped up to 1140hp, the Agera R. That runs on E85 biofuel.
The Agera S was introduced in 2012 for countries where E85 biofuel doesn’t come by easily. Powered by a 5.0-liter twin turbo V8 petrol engine, it produces less power than its biofuel dependent sibling. The 100th Koenigsegg vehicle ever made was a Agera S in 2013, commemorated by a special built unit with gold leaf inlays named “Hundra” (Swedish for hundred).
Did I mention all Koenigsegg cars are hand made? It takes 4,000 hours to build 1 car at the Ängelholm plant.
Mr. Koenigsegg didn’t stop there. He then continues to achieve his dream of building the perfect sports car. In less than 20 years, he created the world’s first ‘megacar’, the One:1. The one to one ratio of power to weight, that’s 1 horsepower to 1 kilogram of weight. 1360 hp to 1360 kg ratio to be exact. That’s 1 Megawatt car.
“Less is more”, that’s the philosophy Koenigsegg apply to all their cars. Minimalistic design that allows maximum attention on performance. The Agera S is made almost entirely by carbon fiber, including the wheels, which is the world’s first to produce the lightest and strongest hypercar wheels.
Developed and made by Koenigsegg, this one-piece hollow carbon fiber wheel or ‘Aircore Carbon fiber wheel’ as they call it, is stronger than aluminium forged wheels and also lighter by 41%.
The roof of the Agera S can be detached and inserted into the boot compartment. Its chassis is designed to achieve maximum stiffness even without a roof, hence a unique carbon fiber monocoque is used. It weighs just 70kg together with integrated fuel tanks, and has outstanding stiffness and strength capability. 65,000 Nm/deg to be exact.
The Ageras S is the lightest road legal hypercar in production, weighing at 1330kg.
The cabin can be full personalized as to what colour theme, the kind of leather for the upholstery, gold plated buttons maybe or even diamond studded dashboard. Anything can be done. The standard cabin comes with full carbon fiber steering wheel with paddle shift, high-definition touch screen infotainment system in the center console and comfortable carbon fiber seats.
The unique feature in the interior is the Koenigsegg Ghost light. Solid aluminium buttons illuminate icons on the surface, via almost invisible micro holes. Creating an element of surprise of the icons appearing from nowhere.
There is a Koenigsegg fire extinguisher fitted on the passenger foot well as standard. Just in case.
The engine behind the Agera S is a 5-liter V8 bi-turbo Koenigsegg engine mated with a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. It churns out a staggering 1030hp and 1100Nm of torque, accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds. With the help of its ceramic pistons and ceramic discs braking system, it can get from 0 to 300km/h back to 0 in just 22.7 seconds. Top speed can go all the way up to 400km/h.
Even with all the monstrous figures, fuel consumption figure is at 14.7-liter/100km. Or about 500km coverage using about 80-liter of fuel.
Another technological breakthrough by Christian von Koenigsegg is the world’s first all-new rear suspension system for a road car, the Triplex rear suspension. The system works in series with the normal springs and dampers, allowing their spring and damping rates to be lowered. This results in increased comfort and better handling on rough and wet surfaces without compromising dry track handling.
This particular unit in Malaysia is the 104th car from Angelholm. As of today, 106 cars have been made, and Koenigsegg has received orders up to number 115th. The Koenigsegg Agera S price is at RM5 million before duty in Malaysia. It should be at about RM15 million after tax.
Should you place an order today, and would like to personalize it with sapphire studded interior and crocodile leather upholstery, the waiting period is one and a half year. Worth the wait.