Introduction Koenigsegg is a Swedish company that started producing cars that rival Italian and German supercars. The first car that this company made that can be called a supercar was released in 1996, and the company made several models and many versions of those models as the years passed. This car was so successful that it was named a hypercar of the year 2010. Koenigsegg Agera – Future from the north...
Introduction Ferrari has been making supercars long time before any other company thought about that. There are many well-known supercars made by this company, but two most known cars that came from their assembly line are Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari LaFerrari. Both of these cars brought new technology into the world of supercars, and there are still people that claim that Ferrari is the best supercar...
Supercars come in a range of prices, starting from several hundred thousand euros for the entry-level, let’s say budget, supercars, and several million for the high-end one. But we also have to have in mind the fact that there are many antique supercars on the market which can fetch astonishingly high prices! Here we will present you some modern day supercars, as well as the iconic models of the past, all...
Koenigsegg is a Swedish company that started producing cars that rival Italian and German supercars. The first car that this company made that can be called a supercar was released in 1996, and the company made several models and many versions of those models as the years passed. This car was so successful that it was named a hypercar of the year 2010.
Koenigsegg Agera – Future from the north
Agera is Swedish answer to supercar/hypercar competition. Even though this car has a five-liter engine, it is twin-turbocharged V8, and it produces 940 hp. The engine is made from fiber and aluminum parts, and it weighs around 430 lb. The transmission is paddle shifted 7-speed system, and it takes the Agera to its maximum 269 mph.
This car is called hypercar because it can go over 400 km/h, which should be done in controlled conditions only. Going over that speed is dangerous, and only professionals can keep the car in control. The point is not the car, but the surface on which it gains that speed. The surface must be in top condition, as the steering while driving at that speed is an impossible and even small mistake can lead to the big crash.
Agera R and S iterations
R and S are upgraded versions of Agera that featured many additions. There were later limited edition Koenigsegg cars based on a version of Agera, but they will be mentioned later.
The Agera R is a fantastic version of its predecessor, and it can reach 60 mph in 2.8 seconds. Its theoretical max speed is around 273 mph, but no one tried to get it yet. In 2011 this model broke six great land records for cars (one of them being the fastest car to reach 186 mph, it took only 14.5 seconds to get it. Then they went to break the record for the fastest car to reach 186 and to stop after that (21.2 seconds).
S version of this Koenigsegg supercar is made for markets that have no E85 biofuel. It is almost same as R model, but it produces more hp (1030), due to low octane levels of gasoline. But if it is run on biofuel then the R version is more powerful. There is a particular version of S model on the market that has a gold leaf inlays and that car is called Hundra (Swedish for hundred as it was the hundredth Koenigsegg car ever made).
This model is a special edition and only seven cars were made (all of them were sold before they left the production line) and the name came from the ratio of power and weight (both are 1361). This car was even more focused on the race track than other Koenigsegg cars.
This company showed the world that a supercar can be made by smaller manufacturers and that a company doesn’t have to be 100 years old to make a proper supercar.
Koenigsegg is less known in comparison to other big supercar manufacturers, but the superb performance of their cars brings them to the top.
Ferrari has been making supercars long time before any other company thought about that. There are many well-known supercars made by this company, but two most known cars that came from their assembly line are Ferrari Enzo and Ferrari LaFerrari. Both of these cars brought new technology into the world of supercars, and there are still people that claim that Ferrari is the best supercar manufacturer in the world.
Ferrari Enzo – New supercar with new super toys
Where LaFerrari brought the hybrid engine into the world of supercars, Enzo came out with a new revolutionary version of V12 engine called F140 B. Ferrari based this engine on Maserati’s V8 from Quattroporte. They also started replacing engines in other models with new V12 and V8 models.
The reason behind the high level of performance that Enzo has is the very creation of the Enzo that was done with the help of technology used in F1.
Some of the things that were implemented in Enzo from F1 are fully carbon fiber body, electrohydraulic transmission as well as ceramic disc brakes.
Specifications of the Ferrari Enzo
We talked about power and engine that are found in the heart (middle) of this supercar. But Enzo is more than just a new version of the engine, and it is much more.
The shifting in the Enzo is done with a semi-automatic F1 gearbox that uses paddles for automated clutch mechanism. There are LED lights on the steering wheel that indicate the time when the gear should be changed. This is an improved version of a rather badly made transmission from the late 1990s.
The suspension in this supercar is independent for all four wheels, and it actuates the shock absorbers, which can be adjusted from the car, to accommodate the desire of the driver.
Tires on this monster of a car are from Bridgestone, 19-inch followed by 15-inch disc brakes made by Brembo.
The performance and behavior of the Enzo
This supercar was built for race tracks, and all technology that was used in its production was based on that (to give him more power and more speed while retaining a high level of maneuverability). This Ferrari can reach 60 mph in 3.14 seconds, and it needs 3.86 seconds more to reach 100 mph. It takes around 11.2 seconds for Enzo to finish the classic quarter of a mile race, which places this supercar in a small group of eleven-second cars. The top speed of 221 mph tells you what this car accomplished.
There are Ferrari models that can be driven on the road and race track as well, but Enzo is not one of them. Enzo is full-fledged race track car that sacrificed the comfort of a regular car for the power and speed of a race car. It isn’t a real race car either, but if you want a car to drive during the contest weeks, then this one will more than suffice.
Supercars come in a range of prices, starting from several hundred thousand euros for the entry-level, let’s say budget, supercars, and several million for the high-end one. But we also have to have in mind the fact that there are many antique supercars on the market which can fetch astonishingly high prices! Here we will present you some modern day supercars, as well as the iconic models of the past, all of them with a high price tag.
Historic high-priced supercars
The car with the highest price ever recorded is the famous Ferrari 250 GTO from 1962. This car was bought several years ago for an astonishing 38 million dollars, and this is the highest price ever paid for a car. The second place goes to another Ferrari, the 290 MM Scaglietti Spider, sold for just above 28 million $. The third place, you guessed it, also belongs to a Ferrari. In fact, 7 of the top 10 places in the most expensive cars ever sold category are reserved for Ferrari cars.
The only non-Ferrari models in the list are much newer models like the 2005 Maybach Exelero, priced at 8 mil.$ and 2011 Mercedes SLR Mclaren 999. The Ferrari models from the 60’s and 70’s can reach incredible sums at car auctions. Other antique supercars that can reach similar prices are the Jaguar XJ13 from 1966 or rare examples of the 1960’s Corvettes or Ford GT40 models. The Aston Martins from the sixties are also very sought after.
Modern day supercars with hefty price tags
Most expensive supercars, occasionally called hypercars, will require you to make a big dent in your bank account and to cash out millions of dollars. For example, the Rolls Royce Hyperion, specially designed by Pininfarina, is a unique car, considered and artistic expression, and it is valued at 6 million cars. The aforementioned Maybach Exelero is a special car, also unique, developed by Maybach at the request of Fulda tires, and was sold for 8 million dollars. When we talk about production cars, the first places usually go to traditional manufacturers like Lamborghini or Ferrari, and some newcomers, like Koennigsegg or Pagani. For example, the most expensive Lamborghini cars are the Veneno and the Reventon, and Ferrari’s LaFerrari is priced well above 1.5 million dollars. Of course, specialized and custom made models of these cars will cost even more, and usually reach 4 or 5 million dollars. But these models are specially prepared for demanding buyers.
Owning an expensive supercar
Be aware that owning a supercar does not only mean having to splash out a ton of cash to buy yourself the privilege to drive a beauty like a Ferrari. Supercars come with super costs. It means you will have to pay enormous amounts of money on maintenance and running costs. So, if you wish to enjoy your new Lamborghini Aventador, be prepared for a lot of hidden costs besides the price tag.
The number of rich people in the world is growing, especially in countries like China and India, and they usually have a good taste in cars, so the supercar market is ever growing in demand.