Koenigsegg celebrates 10 years with one-off Hundra
By C.C. Weiss
March 6, 2013
The current calendar year is a big one for sports car anniversaries. Chevrolet recognized 60 years of the legendary Corvette with a new Stingray, and Lamborghini celebrated 50 years with the Veneno special edition. Koenigsegg hasn't been around nearly as long as those sports car staples, but it is celebrating its 10th year of production with a one-off Agera special edition.
Koenigsegg's 10th year of production was actually 2012, when it first began work on its 100th production car. The Swedish automaker put the finishing touches on the car in time for this week's Geneva Motor Show.
Ten years might not seem all that impressive compared to more established marques, but if you had a 10 years like Koensigg, you'd celebrate too. Highlights include developing the once-fastest car in the world, the CCR, building an acceleration-deceleration king in the Agera R, and securing a number of automotive awards. And let's not forget making the coolest ski resort shuttle you could ever hope to hitch a ride in.
Named Hundra, Swedish for hundred, the new bespoke supercar celebrates "0 to 100 in 10 Years." Most automakers would be bankrupt if they'd only made 10 models a year, but a boutique sports car manufacturer that builds some of the most expensive high-performance road machines in the world can go out and celebrate it.
The Hundra is a bespoke special edition based on the Agera S. The choice of the Agera S is interesting since the Agera R is Koenigsegg's more famous, world-record-holding hypercar. The Agera S lacks the flex-fuel capabilities of the R and is less powerful at 1,030 hp. Not that that's anything to be ashamed of.
The Agera S may not have the illustrious resumé its brother has, but its performance is nearly as hair raising. Koenigsegg lists its 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time at 2.8 seconds. From there, it lags just a touch behind the Agera R's 0-300-0 km/h (0-186-0 mph) world record: The Agera R did it in 21.19 seconds in 2011, whereas Koenigsegg lists the Agera S time at 22.5 seconds.
Koenigsegg doesn't mention any engine tuning, so until it says differently, we're left with the impression that the Hundra shares the standard 1,030-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine. Its distinguishing attributes are more cosmetic in nature: a clear carbon exterior with artisan hand-laid 24-carat gold leaf inlays.
For the 99.99999 percent of the world that hasn't had the opportunity to celebrate Koenigsegg's existence by owning or driving one of its cars, there is a more affordable option. It is releasing the book "0 to 100 in 10 Years," which tells the story of Koenigsigg's history in words and pictures.
A little more exclusive, but surely not as expensive as an Agera, it will also sell 10 limited edition photographs signed by company founder Christian von Koenigsegg. Folks can pre-order the book and register interest in the photographs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.