Koenigsegg Agera R Approved for Sale in U.S.
Koenigsegg, the extremely low volume Swedish hypercar manufacturer, will finally be able to witness their highly touted, now two-year old Agera R on U.S. shores. After what seemed like an endless battle between the Swedish automaker and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHSTA) over the lack of smart airbags and other safety equipment, Koenigsegg has now officially confirmed the arrival of the Agera R in the U.S. (PHOTOS: See more of the Koenigsegg Agera R here) Like Pagani, Koenigsegg was yet another foreign automaker plagued by the aforementioned strict regulations presented by the NHSTA over safety equipment. Although automakers such as Lamborghini and Ferrari were granted exemption claiming “substantial economic hardship,” the Swedish group, building only 15 models per year from a decrepit aircraft hangar, were denied and ousted of what they claim millions of dollars worth of U.S. sales for the past two years. Now, with the second safety exemption passed, the Agera, more specifically the 1,099-hp 273 mph Agera R, will be the first new Koenigsegg built for the U.S. market since 2008 with the CCX. For those lucky few who will get to see this super Swede in their driveway, it should set them back nearly $1.5 million.