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Remember when the Bugatti Chiron set a 0-400-0 KPH record of 41.96 seconds in September? Their victory was short-lived, with the Koenigsegg Agera RS obliterating that record a month later with a time of just 36.44 seconds, and that was on a sub-par road to boot!
For their encore, Koenigsegg attempted to break the production car top speed record over the weekend in a customer’s Koenigsegg Agera RS, and they were successful, rocketing down Nevada’s Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump with a 2-way average speed of 277.9 MPH. (Hitting a one-way top speed of 284.7 MPH before hitting the rev limiter, and a return run of 271.1 MPH)
That’s right, the Koenigsegg Agera RS beat out the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s 2010 record of 265.7 MPH by 12 MPH. Ouch, talk about a one-two punch for the French car company!
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While they were at it, Koenigsegg also took another shot at the aforementioned 0-400-0 KPH record they set last month, as moisture on the road caused the RS to spin a bit through the middle gears on their previous attempt, and they believed they could go faster – Which they did, clocking an insane time of 33.87 seconds!
Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja makes the death-defying feat look easy, as you can see from this video from Racelogic, giving us a firsthand view of what 280+MPH looks like from the cockpit.
Stay tuned, as Koenigsegg promises to reveal more details and videos from their new speed record in the coming days. But right now, they’re too busy celebrating and popping bottles.
Game on Bugatti!