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Evolution: The World’s Fastest Cars

autoTRADER.ca Logo By Brendan McAleer of autoTRADER.ca | Slide 1 of 15: Koenigsegg Agera RS (6).jpg

On a lonely stretch of highway cutting through the Nevada desert, running between Pahrump and Las Vegas, hell on wheels sped towards Sin City like it was being chased by the devil. At the wheel, Koenigsegg factory driver Niklas Lilja watched the speedometer tick higher: 400, 410, 420 km/h.

A slight headwind buffeted the car, but the deep-red Agera RS remained rock stable as it topped out at 436 km/h. This was no factory special, but a customer-delivered car, riding on street-spec Michelin tires. Even more impressive, this wasn’t Lilja’s out run, but the return journey. He and the car managed to run an eye-watering 458 km/h in the other direction.

The performance was good enough for a record-setting average speed of 447 km/h, making the Koenigsegg Agera RS the world’s fastest production car – depending on your definition of production volume. It’s a superlative that has captured the imagination since the first cars took to the road; a theoretical title of supremacy that doesn’t come with a trophy, just bragging rights.

With the Agera RS having since made its way to Canadian soil, it’s time for a look back. From the boulevard to the Bonneville salt flats, here’s the evolution of the World’s Fastest Cars.

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