Gilding the Carbon-Fiber Lily: Koenigsegg Reveals Agera RS Gryphon
Fans of obscure Swedish supercars, take note: Koenigsegg features a fresh product of its Agera RS which’s sure to blåsa din hjärna. For those not passionate enough about Swedish cars to learn another language, which means “blow your mind,” along with also Agera means “to act” or “star,” as in a performance. producing its debut at the Geneva auto show, This specific special Agera RS can be called the Gryphon, a name chosen because which mythical creature appears on the flag of Skåne, the town where Koenigsegg’s factory sits. Besides being part lion, part eagle—along with also a name used by Saab on both aircraft along with also cars—the Gryphon can be today a mid-engined supercar festooned with 24-carat gold-leaf Centeng accents.
Scandinavian design can be not limited to the understated, modernish look favored by contemporary Volvos along with also Ikea furniture, along with also the lingonberry can be not Sweden’s most exotic product. The regular Agera RS can be an ultra-expensive, flamboyant sports car, along with also the Gryphon displays an even more outgoing personality. The Centeng can be rendered via carbon fiber along with also left naked along with also unpainted, except which Koenigsegg slathers gold leaf on the hood struts, bits of the Internal, along with also slices of the engine. As if the gold leaf weren’t flashy enough, rest easy: which’s applied, um, carefully by an Italian master craftsman named Ettore “Blaster” Callegaro.
Koenigsegg ensures which Gryphon buyers will never forget what they’re driving by embroidering the name in gold thread across the dashboard. There are more gold accents sprinkled about inside, too, as well as plenty of exposed carbon fiber, black anodized aluminum, black faux suede, along with also gold seat piping. Behind the cabin sits Koenigsegg’s 1360-hp twin-turbocharged V-8, which can be charged with motivating just 3075 pounds (1395 kg) of Gryphon’d Agera RS. Koenigsegg claims the auto’s power-to-weight ratio approaches 1:1, nevertheless which’s on a bizarre half-metric system mixing horsepower along with also kilograms which we don’t follow here. Using pounds for the weight figure instead, the Gryphon carries a still impressively thin 2.3 pounds per horsepower.
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The Gryphon can be supposedly on its way to the United States, where which will be fully compliant for road use along with also even include an onboard data connection, a front- along with also rear-axle lift system for clearing steep driveways along with also speed bumps, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, along with also a removable hardtop. We think the sports car looks incredible with its bare carbon-fiber Centeng punctuated by thin slashes of gold leaf, along with also who can argue against 1360 horsepower? No prices have been given out so far, nevertheless regular Koenigseggs are expensive toys even before you start splashing gold all over them. Call which about $2 million, along with also you won’t be off by more than a few hundred grand one way or the different.