A hefty appetite for a hefty ride
- May 17, 2019
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- Posted by Michael Robinson
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Koenigsegg Automotive AB is a Swedish based manufacturer of high-performance sports cars. Founded roughly 25 years ago, the founder, Christian von Koenigsegg, is still prominently involved, keen on maintaining the original intention of the company which has been to produce world-class sports rides that are second to nobody. Years of development and research finally led to the company’s first car – the CC8S back in 2002. By 2006 the CCX was released, and in 2009 the CCXR was named by Forbes as one “the world’s most beautiful cars.”
The real prize for Koenigsegg however came with the Agera, an absolute hyper car that was revealed in 2010. Since then the Agera has been tinkered on and refined, and today, the Agera RS is officially considered the fastest production car in the world. The first generation of the RS debuted in 2015 and a whopping 25 were built. Small potatoes thought some, why limit such a beast to only 25 lucky owners? Well, scarcity creates demand so pricing the Agera RS at $2.5 million achieved their purpose – the company sold out in only 10 months.
Back in November of 2017 Koenigsegg made news when they tweeted out that the Agera RS knotted a record 277.9 miles per hour. To put that into context, most cars in an average day never exceed 85 miles per hour. This top speed more than triples that amount and a video documenting the test drive has been viewed over 1 million times as a result.
Veering off-track for a moment, multi-millionaire Manny Khoshbin is an eccentric fellow, but one with a rag’s to riches story that is as endearing as anything you’ll read or see/hear in a fairytale. A real estate magnate, Khosbin is also a car collector and has had his eyes on the Agera RS for some time now. Manny’s representatives got a hold of Koenigsegg reps and were asked to custom build an Agera RS with 24-karat gold accents on the exterior trimming, engine and inner tires of the car. Even the exhaust stack was lined in gold, a first for many of the engineers that worked on Manny’s car. The bodywork is all fabricated of high-caliber carbon fiber and just the rear wing of the car alone is worth $300,000 plus.
With all this said, the Agera RS is quite fragile. Hand-built with light materials, a wrong close of the door could end up cracking the whole thing which would likely cost in the hundreds of thousands to repair. Outfitted with a twin-turbo V8 and 1,400 of horsepower, this rocket of a car shoots from 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds. In fact, word is an informal test drive brought the Agera RS up to 284 miles per hour. It is likely that Manny won’t be taking his RS out for daily spins as most car collectable experts reckon this car will be worth 10 times more over the next 2 decades.
A fast ride for a fast appetite like Manny’s. Fancy a bite, if you’re hungry for one, there are only a handful out there. Save your pennies and dimes …