Koenigsegg Agera RS Smashes Bugatti Chiron’s 0-400-0km/h Record [w/Video]

Approximately a month, that’s how long the Bugatti Chiron held on to its 0-400-0km/h (248.55mph) record, because there’s a “new” sheriff in town, and it’s the Koenigsegg Agera RS.

In the hands of Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja, the Swedish hypercar accelerated from rest to 400km/h (248.55mph) in a staggering 26.88sec, over a distance of 1,958m (6,424feet), and 9.56sec and 483m (1,585feet) later, it came to a complete stop once more.

Measured using an AiM EVO5 data logger, alongside the AiM GPS08, the entire run took a mind-blowing 36.44 seconds to complete, over a distance of 2,441m (8,009feet).

In comparison, the Bugatti Chiron required 41.96sec for its 0-400-0km/h performance, and a distance of 3,112m (10,210feet) when Juan Pablo Montoya held the wheel last month.

Koenigsegg’s record-breaking success took place at the Vandel Airfield, in Denmark, on October 1, and the result was announced only now.

The Koenigsegg Agera RS used here was fitted with the One:1 upgrade package, which means that its 5.0-liter V8 engine churns out 1,360hp and 1,371Nm (1,011lb-ft) of torque. That’s 319hp and 231Nm (170lb-ft) of torque shy of the Bugatti Chiron.



  • Hockeyman

    Still it’s ugly one. All Koenigseggs are 😛

    • My Kind of Ugly

      I’ll this kind of ugly all-day-long!

    • Wolverine350R

      Really, you prefer the Buttugly to this?

      • Hockeyman

        Oh yes 😉

        • Donal Maher

          But the Bugatti looks like a kind of fat and dumpy GT more than a lean purposeful hypercar, and the the back is worse than a Jag XJ220 imo.
          I’m not a fanboy for any particular marque, but, in this instance the Agera RS is both faster and better looking, which is exactly what you want for you several buckets of cash.

          • Hockeyman

            That is your opinion, not mine 😉

  • Shtekeris

    Amazing! But Chiron is special as well. How sophisticated it is while doing this record. Their 400km/h look so smooth and in super nice interior, while this shifts so violently and hasn’t got the nicest looking interior. I feel like Koenigsegg is super cool ceazy car, but Chiron is great overall car.

    • Kaisuke971

      It’s apples vs oranges really, the Agera RS is Koenigsegg’s track ready model while the Chiron is a GT. The Regera is much more of a direct rival to the Bug

      • Jan Mleziva

        Well,Regera is even faster accelerating than Agera RS. Regera has 0-400km/h in less than 20s, compared to Chiron´s roughly 30s. Regera being 400kg lighter than a Chiron, it is safe to say it deelerates faster than Chiron does. My guess is Regera would do 0-400-0 in 30 seconds.
        But if you can show the competition who is the boss with an “inferior” car, why wouldnt you do it? Also, breaking the record with 2 cars is cooler than do it with only one 🙂 Actually, they might want to do the same with 1:One, and then with Regera for good measure 😀

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      But Koenigsegg doesn’t have the full might of one of the largest automakers backing it. Bugatti has VWgroup while Koenigsegg just has Koenigsegg.

      • Jan Mleziva

        If I had to chose, I would probably have Christian von Koenigsegg than VW group

    • Jan Mleziva

      Dont forget that Chiron attempt looks so smooth also because of tarmac. It is special tarmac for high speeds on VW test track. While Agera did it on bumpy tarmac covering 70-80 years old runway from WW2 – just because they can – and yet they smashed the record with a 2 years old model of a 7 years old car.

  • I’mCallingYouOut

    “What a machine!”

  • Kaisuke971

    They shaved 5 seconds off, that’s crazy. What’s even more crazy is that they probably didn’t use the Regera to have a margin of improvement left

  • Tom

    Still has the factory testing alloys on too. Didn’t even use the carbon rims.

    • Dennis James

      Carbon rims are somewhat a new technology and you can’t be sure they hold up to 400 kmh. Better safe than sorry.

      • Tom

        They hold the Vmax200 record at 386 kmh/240 mph on an even worse surface sporting carbon rims.

  • diego

    Not bad for a “taped” car 😉

    • Donal Maher

      That’s not aero assist tape, it is stone chip protection as it is a customer’s car, not a test mule.
      They supposedly asked Koenigsegg to “verify its performance”!!

  • Six_Tymes

    Congratulations! an amazing drive, with an amazing car.

  • esuomenona

    No surprise here. I even pointed it out on the Chiron article: http://disq.us/p/1m31wx8

  • exeptor

    13% faster is a WOW result. Still prefer the Bug as a car (not mentioning (as I hate it) that the Egg is the better long term investment value). Yet I really like the whole Christian Koenigsegg magic – the history, the dream come true, the small team which produce/invent amazing technologies (and I’m not talking only about their hypercars), production process, etc. I guess it is really good to be really rich and being able to have both cars.

  • kachuks

    One crazy young guy with a little bit of family money versus one of the largest auto conglomerates on the planet.

    • PK

      what an embarrassment for bugatti actually. it’s really a shame if you put it that way.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I fucking love Swedes.

    Absolute demolishing. And yes I’m biased.

  • Dennis James

    More power, less weight, more performance. Not a huge surprise.

    • Donal Maher

      It has way less power (1360 vs 1500 in the Bug) and is only 2WD, not 4WD.
      Add that to the rubbish surface etc. and this is a very impressive result.
      Yes, weight is probably the deciding factor, but, there are others too.

    • Jan Mleziva

      fixed for you: less power (1360PS vs 1500PS), 500kg less weight, less torque (1370 vs 1600), 80 years old runway vs. special high speed tarmac on a test track, 2 years old model of 7 years old car vs. 1 year old car, family company vs. largest car group in the world :p

  • Blade t

    Awww poor bugatti….

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    On your face Bugatti!!!

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