Road Tests Real world tests of Agera vs Ariel Atom


Agera R
2.9 s
Atom V8 500
2.3 s

Top speed

Agera R
260 mph
Atom V8 500
170 mph

1/4 mile

Agera R
10.1 s
Atom V8 500
11.2 s

Differences What are the advantages of each

Side view of Koenigsegg Agera

Reasons to consider the
Koenigsegg Agera R

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Faster top speed 260 mph vs 170 mph 90 more mph; leaves lesser cars in the dust on the straights
Much more torque 888 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM vs 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM More than 3.2x stronger engine from a stand-still; more acceleration power
Much more powerful engine 1,115 HP @ 6,900 RPM vs 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM More than 2.2x stronger engine
Much more expensive sticker price $1.40M vs $225k Around 6.2x more expensive harder to own
Faster in the quarter mile 10.1 s vs 11.2 s Around 10% faster at the drag strip
Bigger engine 5,000 cc vs 3,000 cc More than 65% bigger engine
Side view of Ariel Atom

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Ariel Atom V8 500

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Much lighter curb weight 1,210 lb vs 3,157 lb 2.6x lighter curb weight; less inertia to overcome when accelerating
Faster to 60mph 2.3 s vs 2.9 s More than 20% faster to 60mph

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Agera  vs
Ariel Atom 
Brand Koenigsegg Ariel
Price 1,400,000 225,000
Type of car Production car Production car
Year 2011 2008

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 2.83 lb/hp 2.55 lb/hp
Maximum hp 1,115 HP @ 6,900 RPM 475 HP @ 10,000 RPM
Maximum torque 888 ft-lb @ 5,600 RPM 268 ft-lb @ 7,750 RPM
Engine placement Mid Mid
Steering system Rack and pinion Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc Disc
Rear brakes Disc Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,157 lb 1,210 lb

road tests

Agera  vs
Ariel Atom 
Top speed 260 mph 170 mph
1/4 mile 10.1 s 11.2 s
0-60mph 2.9 s 2.3 s


Drivetrain RWD w/E-Diff 2WD
Gearing Traditional Traditional
# of gears 7 6


Displacement 5,000 cc 3,000 cc
Cylinders V8 V8
Air compressor Twin turbocharger Supercharger
Valvetrain DOHC DOHC
Koenigsegg Agera R
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