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!
Brilliant review from an experienced collector who knows the history of AA Koenigseggs. The steering problem is the same as in the Veyrons. Maybe AA could revise that principle instead of carrying it over from one model to another. But as you pointed out, they´re learning over the years. As for the decision which one to buy, I remotely rember hand samples which represented a white Agera R with white interior and its sexier rear wing. I belief, they´ll release an Agera R next, so I am waiting for that.
I also saw that white Agera with the awesome wing, but it too said Agera on its side.
When the three colors were on pre-order, some dealers had pictures of that same Agera with wing for the white option.
id get the red and the silver/grey, but i too am waiting for an Agera R in blue or red.
BTW: these three colors were featured in the need for speed movie as Agera R models, given that the white and red ones in the movie had the bigger wing.
Great review!! I myself have a orange CCX, but right now, I’m contemplating on either getting a white Agera or save up extra for the Huayra..
That is a tough one. I’m a huge K’egg fan, but I’m also a huge Pagani fan, so having said that, I’d probably opt for the more ‘deluxe’ Huayra
Thank you gentlemen. I’ve yet to purchase Huayra, maybe I’m waiting to see if AUTOart will do some more colours before I dive in…
Why didn’t I think of that!
Nice review! Got the silver grey but never seen the red before! This red & black also look awesome & without the stripes… got to have one too!!!… : )
Very well review’d .
I think the Agera looks best in this red
I got the silver Agera, but i was wondering: do you know how many Agera’s AUTOart made? 1500 or so?