Chinese Import Officials Seize Koenigsegg Agera R BLT, Immediately Burn Through China's Oil Reserves
Unless you have been living under a rock for the last ten years, you should be well aware of the economic transformation under way in China. Things are going great, so great that Ferrari and Lamborghini have launched their respective special editions cars just for the Chinese market. Even Koenigsegg got into the mix by building the one off Agera R BLT for a very lucky (ballin') Chinese businessman. He reportedly spent $2 million+ acquiring the car that he may never get to drive. According to Chinese customs officials who seized the car, the owner failed to pay import taxes on the car. As a result the car was labeled smuggled goods and confiscated. Which is highly likely considering that an import tax on a car like Agera R BLT would be almost as high as 100% of the car's original value which would mean the total cost of the Koenigsegg would in the ballpark of $5 million.
The Chinese media has noted that the seizure of the Koenigsegg is only the latest in crack down against luxury car smuggling campaign that has impounded Porsches, Rolls Royces, Audis and Range Rovers. The campaign maybe an effort to protect China's growing automotive manufacturing industry. Which would make sense if China made super car knockoffs.
It sounds to us like someone didn't like the size of the bribe they received once they found out how much the car actually cost. Hopefully the Koenigsegg isn't sitting in a parking lot somewhere, and Chinese officials are using their crooked ways to to do a bit of hooning in the Chinese port city of Zhanjiang. There is no word on whether or not the owner will ever see his beloved hypercar. Though if he does he will likely pay a large "fine" to a Chinese official's college tuition fund.
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Source: Car News China via Jalopnik