Listen to the Record-Breaking Koenigsegg Agera RS Roar to Life
The Bugatti-killer is quite a stunner in person.
Even on the supercar-happy streets of Los Angeles, seeing a car as rare as a Koenigsegg is difficult. In my many years of car spotting I've seen all manner of rare hypercars, but the Swedes have evaded my camera for far too long. So what happens when you don't just witness a Koenigsegg in person, but the Koenigsegg? Spoiler alert, there's lots of excited screaming involved.
Yes, the Koenigsegg Agera RS that broke the production car speed record lives in Los Angeles and pulled into a gas station near me, so of course I had to pull in and look at it. The car attended this month's Sunset Gran Turismo meet in Hollywood earlier that morning and stole the show. Like some of the cars at the meet, I was sure it would be carted out in a trailer, but alas the owner drove it home himself.
Koenigsegg borrowed this exact RS from the owner last month and broke multiple production car records, beating the Bugatti Chiron's top speed (averaging 277.9 miles per hour) as well as its zero-to-249 mph record of 33.29 seconds. The Agera RS is a limited-production hypercar with just 25 units made, and attributes its speed to its track-oriented design, impressive power-to-weight ratio, and 1,160-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8.
The owner was gracious enough to briefly demonstrate the car's lovely exhaust note, which you can watch and listen to below from multiple angles. Unfortunately, I couldn't witness the car's acceleration or speed. L.A. traffic doesn't allow for that.