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Koenigsegg Agera at Geneva

Sat, 27 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0800

The new Koenigsegg Agera will be at the Geneva Motor Show

We did warn you last week that Koenigsegg were taking ‘Something New’ to the Geneva Motor Show. We had had a chat with them as things had been very quiet, and we did say to them we wondered if Christian had lost focus on Koenigsegg and been side-tracked with the whole Saab-Saga.

The response was pretty clear “Christian never lost focus on Koenigsegg and secondly there are many new developments within Koenigsegg. Some to be revealed sooner than others” And when we pushed and asked if that meant something new for Geneva, they said “Yes, something new at Geneva”

And the Koenigsegg Agera is the ‘something new at Geneva’. Sort of. It looks kind of new with its more rounded front and rear and its trendy new LED lights. But it’s exactly the same size as the CCX, with the same chassis and same engine, which now delivers 911 horses – a jump on the CCX but less than ┬áthe CCXR – and a 0-62mph of 3.1 seconds. An improvement of 0.1 seconds.

We love Koenigseggs. They are the ultimate ‘Garden Shed’ Supercar. No mainstream car maker could even start to consider producing the sort of car Koenigsegg does. And we admire the enormous amount that Christian has achieved. But, on the face of it, this ‘New’ Koenigsegg seems even less new than a new 911 does. Same size, same engine, same chassis. A few tweaks; a facelifted body and a new name. That, plus a refreshed interior, seems to be it.

Maybe our expectations of a ‘New’ Koenigsegg were more ambitious. Especially after last year’s Quant (now the NLV Quant not the Koenigsegg Quant). And maybe Christian has more up his sleeve. But when we look at what Horacio Pagani is doing with the Pagani C9 (or Pagani Fangio, or whatever he decides to call it) we have to ask again: Has Christian been side-tracked?

It’s hard to say, but as a ‘New’ car the Koenigsegg Agera is a bit underwhelming. We’ll look again at Geneva.

Maybe we’ll look at it differently when we see it in the flesh.

By Cars UK