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Koenigsegg Agera RS production complete

The RS reaches the end of the line, but its history-making speed will never be forgotten

By Dafydd Wood / Thursday, April 5, 2018

Since the very beginning of his marque, Christian Von Koenigsegg has expressed the opinion that his cars should undergo a Porsche-style evolution, gradually developing and improving with each model until they reach optimal levels of performance and sophistication.

Of course, in the world of hypercars even such a measured outlook results in incremental changes which appear to be warp speed leaps to the rest of the industry. 

So it was when the Agera entered production in 2011, with 940hp - 140 more than the CCX it replaced - and a top speed of 250mph. Throughout its production it too has evolved, from the 1,044hp S, to the 1,140hp R, and eventually the RS, it's 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 1,160hp. Or 1,360hp when running on E85 fuel.

The RS itself was eventually usurped by the 1,360hp One:1, but it remains the standout model from an incredible chapter in Koenigsegg's short history. 

Why? Well, it bows out with five separate records, one humongous Nurburgring crash, and thousands of jaws left dropped around the world. For those of you who missed it, the RS was the car responsible for Koenigsegg's incredible 0-400-0kph record last October, as well as the flying kilometre and mile records, whilst also having recorded the fastest speed on a public road - a scarcely believable 284.5mph. 

That's all done with now though, the final RS having left the Angelholm production line, and the two final edition cars underway. The company's focus will now turn to production of the hyper hybrid Regera, set to push the boundaries of automotive technology further still. Whatever it achieves, though, will be built upon the foundations laid by the success of the Agera, and the RS in particular.

 

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