Koenigsegg Agera RS is the world's fastest auto

Kelley Robertson
November 7, 2017

The record was set Saturday on a closed 11-mile stretch of Nevada State Road 160 outside Las Vegas.

During a test run in Nevada, the hypercar was able to reach an average top speed of 277.9mph, according to Autocar.

Koenigsegg Agera RS, equipped with the available 1,360 hp upgrade package, achieved this average speed of 277.9 miles per hour in two runs. Towards the end of the second run, the Agera RS even surpasses 450 km/h - close to the speed of a small aircraft.

The new speed record also eclipses a record once held by Bugatti, although Veyron Super Sport's top speed of 265.7mph had also been beaten by the 270.49mph Hennessey Venom prior to Koenigsegg's attempt.

Niklas Lilja was behind the wheel when the vehicle reached the speed on a public road in Nevada, which had been closed for the attempt. Since this was a world record attempt, the speed was verified by a third-party company called Racelogic. In total, Lilja went for 7 top speed runs and went from 0-400 kph-0 three times. You'd hesitate to call Michelin's Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres "stock" given their capability, nevertheless they are still Y rated - which means that the manufacturer guarantees them up to 186mph; quite some way from 277.9mph.

Unveiled at SEMA earlier this week, the Hennessey Venom F5 was teased with a 300mph road-sign.

Koenigsegg's factory test driver Niklas Lija drove Agera RS with its 1,144bhp, 5.0-litre turbo V8 to set the new record.

Sure, the V10 Italian exotic may only have half the power of an Agera RS with the Megawatt engine, but the Sant'Agata Bolognese machine has something that the Swede is missing, namely a naturally aspirated heart.

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