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[/caption]When most people think of exotic cars, they think of marques like Ferrari, Lamborghini or Aston Martin. Some might even think of Bugatti or McLaren, but only the adept few -- those initiated into the esoterica of high priced exotic supercars -- will nod with appreciation when the name Koenigsegg is mentioned. In fact, for the true aficionado of exotic luxury cars, the very thought of a Koenigsegg starts the heart to racing and begets daydreams of driving very fast down the open road.The story of Koenigsegg cars is the story of the passion and vision of one man, Christian von Koenigsegg, who founded Koenigsegg Automotive AB in 1994 when he was just 22 years old. Working with a small team that shared his dedication and relentless passion, Koenigsegg managed to create a marque and a line of cars that has taken the rarified world of exotic luxury automobiles by storm. Today, Koenigsegg stands right beside the older and established brands of exotic supercar makers, no less respected in the realm of sophisticated high-end automotive prowess than the likes of Ferrari, Daimler or Rolls Royce that had nearly a century head start.Koenigsegg's innovative and forward-looking cars have been defined as cutting-edge from the release of its first model CC prototype in 1996, which incorporated the extensive use of high-tech carbon fiber materials in the chassis and body components. The CC8S was the first production vehicle, starting in 2002, followed in quick succession by the CCR in 2004, the CCX in 2006 and the CCXR in 2007. The CCXR has the distinction of being the first "green" flexfuel supercar designed to run on biofuels, ethanol or regular gasoline.Koenigsegg Agera RMaximum Speed: 273 mph0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds1140 hp twin-turbo 5.0-liter DOHC V8 enginePrice: $1,600,000The Koenigsegg Agera first premiered at the Geneva Auto Show in 2010, and shows the continual quest for refinement and perfection that is the clear hallmark of the Koenigsegg philosophy. The Agera R is the present latest model, featuring the new Aircore™ hollow carbon fiber wheels, enhanced aerodynamics, a proprietary triplex rear suspension system and a monstrous 5.0-liter variable geometry V8 twin turbo that develops 1140 horsepower. Like the CCXR, the Agera R is also flexfuel capable, running on multiple fuels such as E85 and environment-friendly bio-fuels. For more information about these amazing hypercars, visit the company website at koenigsegg.com.
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