Koenigsegg Congratulates Bugatti On 304 MPH Run, But Points Out They’re Still The Record Holders

Koenigsegg has congratulated Bugatti on its latest 304 mph (490 km/h) run with a near-production Chiron prototype but not without reminding everyone who is still the current speed champion in the Guinness World Records.

“We want to congratulate them,” a Koenigsegg spokesperson told Top Gear. “It’s a great achievement. If the homologated production version of the same car can drive faster than 284.55mph (457.93 km/h) – or 277.9mph (447.2 km/h) as average speed in two directions – then it will take the crown from the Agera RS as the fastest production car until now.”

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Koenigsegg’s record was achieved back in 2017, using a customer Agera RS that was driven on a closed public road in Nevada by company test driver Niklas Lilja.

Shortly after their 304 mph run, Bugatti said that the long-tail Chiron prototype, which is expected to morph into the production Chiron Super Sport in the coming months, could have gone 15.5 mph (25 km/h) quicker if the attempt took place somewhere like Nevada thanks to its higher altitude than the Ehra-Lessien test track – thinner air equals less drag, overcoming the loss of engine power.

Koenigsegg also repeated that the upcoming Jesko should be capable of reaching over 300 mph (482 km/h) in its high-speed, lower-downforce version. Power for the Jesko is coming from a twin-turbo 5.0-liter V8 that can rev up to 8,500 rpm and produce 1,578 HP (1,600 PS) and 1,106 lb-ft (1,500 Nm) of peak torque when on E85.

“We have said before and say now, a high-speed version of the Jesko should be capable of driving faster than 300mph,” the spokesperson added. “The same tools we used to estimate the Agera RS were used to come to this conclusion, and in the Agera RS we underestimated the speed a bit.”

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  • Ben

    What a marvelous time we are in to be automotive enthusiast!

  • Aeromann

    Adios Bugatti! ???

  • PK

    Bugatti = Marvel!

    Koenigsegg = DC!

    • Mr. EP9

      Pretty sure it’s the other way around.

      • PK

        hell no!

  • Kevin Yancey

    The biggest difference, the Bugatti is riding in luxury. It will have air condition, power everything, and a full sound system. It will ride comfortably on normal roads, and be drivable on city streets. I don’t expect the same is true for the Koenigsegg.

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      ..also, that Chiron long tail is an absolute thing of beauty… for me, the Jesko underwhelms..

      • Kevin Yancey

        I’m just saying that there are things you’ll get in the Bugatti, that you won’t in the Koenigsegg. I mean, look at the Lamborghini Sesto Elemental. It doesn’t even come with a traditional seat, much less A/C and a radio. Porsche charges more, for less options, on the GT2! Just because a car can go fast, doesn’t make it a fun car to drive. My old go kart was fun to drive, but very uncomfortable.

  • Dredd2

    koenigsegg = ugly quick box
    bugatti = is a quick car-sculpture

    otherwise, where is that low df jesko’s 300mph? the bugatti is already here with 304, maybe its a proto, but there it is. where is the jesko’s 300mph?

    • Mr. EP9

      Yeah, no. Calling the Bugatti a sculpture is laughable.

      • Dredd2

        I guess u never hear about subjective. move on little girl, its a 3.000.000$ sculpture 😉 sold around 500 ! pieces. and not to mention, but the La Voiture Noire was 19.000.000$ ????
        so you can call itt laughable, but what did you achived in your life, noname littlegirl to argue with?

        • Why do you play so childish? Everybody has an oppinion about these kinds of cars and taste is never in doubt. If you don’t like someone’s taste or meaning about something, be wiser and let the other have their own saying about it.
          Both are great cars, fast and have a mean looking, that are referencepoints, they are both beautiful in their own way and I didn’t like them both, it’s too much for me. But If someone love one, or both be my guest, I don’t blame them. Let’s be gentle to eachother, we do no harm.

          • Dredd2

            there is nothing childish about it. why you reflect this then? be wiser and let us alone, as u said.

  • Donald Ducko

    So I don’t need a gun that holds 30 rounds, but some rick dipwad with too much cash thanks to not paying his workers, not donating to charities, etc needs a car that does 300 mph?

    Do you see why everyone hates the rich? It’s not jealousy. It’s hate. All the wealth in this s world and not one problem solved from African starvation to cancer then they have the balls to say we can’t pay $15/hr. I’m no liberal a$$, but I do know when people are getting it up the rear.

    Greedy SOBs. If the 7 billion of us who aren’t the 1% ever decide to rise up watch out.

    • Ben

      BOOOO!!

  • rick

    70% of Koenigsegg owners also own at least one Bugatti or one Pagani. Often more. 50% own both Bugattis and Paganis. There is no competition. Nobody chooses between the cars. The super rich customers at this price level will buy as many as they want. Also, they don’t depreciate so it’s a good investment. Pagani, Koenigsegg and Bugatti can sell all the cars they make. What a wonderful business where everybody wins. Then we have normal people line us who speculate which one is the best but we will never afford to buy one. 😀

  • Matt

    That escalated quickly.

  • Ben

    Austin, you need to understand that the rich owe the poor. We’re all one big family and one of us makes it, we all should make it. I don’t care about the hard work aspect of running a multi-billion dollar corporation, but I DO KNOW billionaires should collectively get together and buy me things. What’s two million to a billionaire, right? I don’t want to hear about jobs made and serving the community, I want to hear my new W12 Bentley rumble to life, you dig?

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