Geneva Motor Show: Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon


The eccentric Swedes are back at it again with this special one-off.

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Koenigsegg are known for their tricky name and their madcap approach to cars and they certainly didn’t disappoint at the Geneva Motor Show with the showcasing of the Agera RS Gryphon.

This has been built for an American customer and is a special edition of the Agera RS. The engine has been unaltered from the standard RS which is a good thing as that means 1,360bhp from a twin-turbocharged V8. That’s a kit of power especially in a car that only weighs 1,395kg which is near the power to weight ratio of the insane One:1. Instead of adding more power to the engine or fiddling with any mechanical elements, the Gryphon is more a cosmetic makeover.

The name, Gryphon, comes from an ancient mythical creature.  The body and legs of a lion and the head, wings and talons of an eagle. Some might even consider it a good metaphor for Koenigsegg themselves. Graceful and elegant but with a powerful roar and bite- but I’ll let you judge.

As you can see, there is quite a bit of gold detailing both inside and outside the car. Gold leaf has been widely used on the car for the stripes, badges, bonnet struts and engine. The clear carbon highlights have been finished in 24-carat gold leaf too. The interior has received more than the gold leaf treatment, with alcantra, carbon fibre and anodised aluminium thrown in. Plus a special ‘Gryphon’ badge is stitched into the dashboard in gold leaf of course. Koenigsegg have also made a custom racing helmet from carbon fibre and decorated with more gold leaf.

Do you like it or do you find gold detailing on cars tacky? Please leave your comments below…

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