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It's still my opinion that the Agera will not qualify for S&D. The Zonda has been unable to qualify despite years of trying and the Agera at least already has a certification. The One:1 might be able to pull if off, but as it is largely an Agera I wouldn't stake a fortune on it.
To me it seems that Koenigsegg is serious about the U.S. market again and for that I'd like to see them just bite the bullet and invest the money in a compliant airbag system. It eliminates all the hassle that comes with S&D, and with the sales rolling right now I don't believe cost is as big an issue as it was previously.
The old CCX exemption is gone, you can forget that approach. But if the rules change for the boutique builders then obviously that changes things too. I wouldn't expect that proposed rule to get fasttracked through Congress, but then by the time the next U.S. cars are ready maybe it would be in place, I don't know.
The point is, the Agera already achieved certification for MY2013, certification for successive model years is literally as simple as saying "Okay here's the next ones, these are MY2015 but they are mechanically and structurally the same as the old ones." As long as the regulations haven't changed they don't have to jump through all the hoops again. Does it make sense to go S&D when all that's stopping imports is the latest airbag technology?
Just spend the money, then it's over and done with and they don't have to worry about it ever again. Just my $.02.