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Koenigsegg sets new highest speed world record for production vehicle in US

Koenigsegg sets new highest speed world record for production vehicle in US

That car's aerodynamic features, including a huge rear wing, creating too much drag to be suitable for a record setting top-speed run though.

The video [embedded above] shows how the Koenigsegg Agera RS achieved an average speed of 277.9 miles per hour (447.0 km/h) while in a single run it achieved 284.2 m/h (457.37 km/h).

That in itself was enough to beat the previous highest recorded top speed of 270.5mph, by a Hennessey Venom GT in 2014. After making a joke of the Bugatti Chiron's record, Koenigsegg has made a decision to take on the just announced Hennessey Venom F5.

Koenigsegg closed an 11-mile stretch of Nevada's Route 160 between Las Vegas and Pahrump in its world land speed record attempt for a production vehicle.

In claiming the production auto land speed record over the weekend, Koenigsegg left previous record-holder Bugatti, which claimed the throne with a 268-mph (431-km/h) effort in 2010, in its wake.

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A Koenigsegg Agera RS has set a new world record with a two-way average speed of 277.9mph.

Even then, it was surprising to see the V-Box data displayed on the video above show the Agera RS notch up a top speed of 457.5km/h over 6000 metres.

The Koenigsegg Agera RS achieved the new record on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which are also tires that regular customers can purchase. Since this was a world record attempt, the speed was verified by a third-party company called Racelogic.

Sure, the V10 Italian exotic may only have half the power of an Agera RS with the Megawatt engine, but the Sant'Agata Bolognese machine has something that the Swede is missing, namely a naturally aspirated heart.

The Agera RS has a 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing a staggering 1,380bhp.

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