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Koenigsegg Agera RS Beats Speed Record Held by Bugatti

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Guillaume Rivard
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The Koenigsegg Agera RS is the newly crowned fastest production car in the world, after having surpassed the speed attained by previous record-holder, the Bugatti Veyron.

The Swedish supercar attained speeds of 272 mph and 284 mph during a recent attempt in Las Vegas, for an average speed of 277 mph (or 446 km/h), bettering the mark of 267 mph (430 km/h) previously set by its French rival Bugatti with the Veyron.

Equipped with a 5.0L V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 1,160 hp, the Agera RS (limited to 25 units built) could have driven even faster if it had been fitted with tires more specifically designed for extreme temperature and pressure conditions than the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires it drove on.

At the beginning of October, the Agera RS also broke the time record for the 0-400-0, during which the car must accelerate from 0 to 400 km/h and then decelerate back to a stop.

We’ll be watching to see now if Bugatti and its new Chiron have a new record-setting answer to the Koenigsegg!


If you’re among the many, many of us who like speed but are on a more restrained budget, check out our list of the top 10 fastest vehicles available for under $50,000!

Guillaume Rivard
Guillaume Rivard
Automotive expert