To act or not to act, that is the question. The Koenigsegg Agera is the successor to the Koenigsegg CCX. This mid-engined hypercar is powered by an in-house developed 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which produces 940 hp and 810 lb-ft of torque. The Agera has a body made from pre-impregnated carbon fibre/kevlar with lightweight reinforcements; all this helps propel the Agera to speeds in excess of 260 mph or 420 km/h. So how did AUTOart translate this into 1:18 scale? Read on…
Out of the box, the Agera has a menacing stance; Koenigsegg marque definitely knows how to set the stage for machines of this stature. The first thing I noticed was the additional packing materials that weren’t present with the earlier CCX. The Agera ships with material added to the front boot and rear motor section to ensure the paint isn’t damaged while the model is travelling. Good move on AUTOart’s part.
Overall body shape and height look to be in line with its 1:1 counterpart. Shutlines and panel gaps are excellent for the most part, but based on the unique Agera door engineering you definitely do not get the clean consistent feel as you do with the original car. This is something I can overlook for two reasons; one, no other company has attempted this unique movement/design, and two, overall it’s quite minimal on the grand scale of things…
The paint is excellent and consistent throughout. The attention to detail is quite remarkable on the exterior – carbon fibre work is terrific, and there’s quite a bit of it, may I add. Front headlights and rear taillights are almost life-like with detail. Photo-etched bits are flawless and the Koenigsegg ghost makes an appearance too, honouring the Swedish fighter jet squadron that once ran fiercely where the marque now manufactures their goods.
Wheels are beautifully detailed as well. Carbon rotors mated to a large black caliper behind the black carbon wheels is a perfect marriage. AUTOart even replicated the pinstriping with Koenigsegg’s name around the perimeter.
The front storage is the same as the CCX, the end-user is capable of storing the removable roof here. Struts on both sides add the finished look and level of realism a model of this calibre should have, all of which add to a perfect fit and finish. May I also add that installing and removing the roof piece seems easier than it did on the CCX. Now, I’m not sure if this was aforethought from the AUTOart team or just a one-off.
Moving on to the motor, the craftsmanship jumps another notch to 10. Detail, execution, fit and finish are all here. Why don’t I just let the photos speak for themselves? The transition of materials and colours, aligned with the suspension and exhaust bits is breathtaking. Definitely the icing on the cake! One of the many reasons AUTOart is the king of the hill for the collector wanting that little bit of extra along with opening bits.
The door operation of the Agera is flawless, seems to me that AUTOart may have upped the engineering just a little bit as the original CCX has a sense of fragility to it. All the components of the interior seem to mimic the original. I love the quilted fabric look that runs from front to rear and matches the exterior paint. Though I find the seats/interior a little too much on the “plastic” side if you know what I mean. Also, if you haven’t noticed, the incorrect position of the steering wheel with front wheels set straight.
My friends, what we have here is a piece of history all wrapped up in a small 1:18 package for you and me to enjoy. AUTOart has once again made the anticipation/wait of the Agera a real pleasure for me to review. The Agera is beautiful, no doubt about it. It offers so much on so many levels; no super exotic or hypercar fan should be without one. Dare I say it, a MUST add. Your toughest decision will be on what colour to purchase, maybe all? Enjoy the pics!