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Bugatti Chiron vs Koenigsegg Agera RS: Watch a 250mph drag race showdown

Bugatti Chiron vs Koenigsegg Agera RS: Watch two hypercar titans clash in a dash from 0 to 400kmh (249mph) and then back down to 0 again because you can (and should).

Bugatti recently took its Chiron hypercar, successor to the Veyron, to a very long stretch of road at the VW test track where the car achieved a world record – 0 to 400 to 0 kilometres per hour in 41.96 seconds.

Not only did that make the 1,479bhp Chiron the fastest production car ever, it reminded the world that hypercars really do earn the 'hyper' part of their name. Juan Pablo Montoya of Formula One fame was at the wheel for the record.

With that sort of horsepower, it is no wonder the Chiron manages 0-124mph in 6.5 seconds. Most cars are barely up to 60mph in that time, let alone 54mph above the legal limit in the time it takes to read this paragraph.

Bugatti Chiron vs Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: Battle of the hypercar kings

But if history was shown us anything, it is that contenders like to try to ruin Bugatti's day. We saw Hennessey do it with the Venom GT when it was the Veyron and now Swedish purveyor of exotic machiney, Koenigsegg, has had a pop at the Chiron.

Pop is quite the understatement, to be honest, because the Koenigsegg Agera RS did more than just better the Chiron in the same drag race situation, it murdered it. It's almost painful to watch how much faster it is.

The Agera RS – piloted by Niklas Lilja at an airfield in Vandel, Denmark – was 5.52 seconds faster than the Chiron overall, at 36.44 seconds, which is impressive when you consider it actually eases over 400kmh by a noticeable margin.

Not only was the Agera RS considerably faster, it managed to beat the world record (unoficially) in a considerably shorter distance, which it has to because VW won't let them near its unusually long test track straight.

Just how short? Well, the Chiron needed 3,112 metres (3.12km or 1.933 miles), compared with just 2,441 (2.441km or 1.517 miles) metres for the Agera RS – a difference approaching half a mile.

  • Koenigsegg Agera RS 0-400-0kmh time:
  • Bugatti Chiron 0-400-0kmh time:
  • Koenigsegg Agera RS 0-400-0 distance:
  • Bugatti Chiron 0-400-0kmh distance:

Now, let us avoid turning this into a car war because, quite honestly, both dream machines make the supercars of yesteryear look painfully slow. For any car to reach 250mph and then return to zero so fast is testament to human engineering brilliance and should be celebrated with expensive champagne.

We are, of course, keen to see what Hennessey and other Koenigseggs can do, such as the One:1 and Regera, because nothing drives innovation forward quite like competition.

Video: Bugatti Chiron 0-400-0 drag race

Video Koenigsegg Agera RS 0-400-0

 

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