The name Koenigsegg doesn’t ring a bell in the way that competitors like Ferrari and Lamborghini can, but this Swedish firm has been giving those established brands a run for their money.
Koenigsegg (pronounced ker-nig-seg) is based in Sweden, with its founder Christian von Koenigsegg tracing his roots to Germany. Christian was in his early 20s when he started the company in 1994. His dream was to produce the fastest production sports car in the world.
In 2001, Koenigsegg came up with the prototype of his first car. He called it the CC V-8. It had a carbon fiber chassis with swiveling doors. It featured a supercharged, V-8 engine that offered 655 horsepower. It had a price of $300,000.
Three years later, Koenigsegg came up with a new, faster model—the CCR. It had more horsepower than the CC V-8 with 806 ponies. And it did the unthinkable back in 2005—outrunning the McLaren F1 by speeding to 241 miles an hour at the Nardo test track in Italy.
That record, however, fell in less than a year as the $1.25 million Bugatti Veyron ran to 253 miles an hour in late 2005.
But that short rise to fame was enough for Koenigsegg to introduce his brand. He had sold 34 units abroad, including the US.
Check Out This Amazing Koenigsegg CCX Video
The Koenigsegg CCX was introduced in 2006. The name stood for Competition Coupe X, in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the completion and test drive of the first vehicle that Koenigsegg built in 1996. It had a price tag of $695,000
The chassis of the CCX is made from carbon fiber with aluminum honeycomb and Kevlar. It featured the same 4.7 liter, V8 engine that Koenigsegg had used for the CCR. But it is lighter by around 200 pounds than its predecessor.
The CCX ran on 91 octane fuel, designed to comply with US emission standards. It also featured two transmissions.
While the overall shape of the CCX is very similar to that of the CCR, it has several redesigned parts. It has a more intricate bumper design compared to its predecessor, include larger vents, LED foglamps, and adjusted carbon fiber diffuser.
The headlamps were also a lot bigger than those of its predecessor. The hood also has a central vent, obviously to provide extra cooling to the engine. The bumper was also a lot larger compared to the earlier vehicle that Koenigsegg built.
When viewed from the side, you can mistake the CCX for the CCR. It has a massive vent in the door and rear fenders just like its predecessor. It also has flat haunches and side mirrors very much like that of the CCR.
The front hood, though, was different with a CCX logo located on the rear fender. The CCX also has larger side skirts. The rear hood, meanwhile, has a large glass window over the engine.
Curiously, the CCX was just 3.5 inches longer than the CCR. This is in compliance with rear impact regulations in the US. The longer body also saved some space for the Koenigsegg in the rear, resulting in improved cooling.
The Koenigsegg CCX Engine
The Koenigsegg CCX is powered by a 4.7 Litre twin supercharged engine. The engine is made out aluminum to reduce the weight of the car. The Engine delivers 593 kW (795 hp) in the original CCX and an amazing 749 kW (1004 hp) in the CCXR Special Edition. The car has either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automated manual depending on the version.
Koenigsegg CCX Specifications
|Production||2006 - 2010|
|Length||4,293 mm (169.0 inches)|
|Width||1,996 mm (78.6 inches)|
|Height||1,120 mm (44.1 inches)|
|Weight||1,456 kg (3,210 pounds)|
|Fuel Delivery||Twin Supercharged|
|Transmission||Manual and Automated Manual|
|Number of Gears||6|
|Engine Size||4.7 Litre|
|Top Speed||395 km/h (245 mph)|
400 km/h (249 mph)
|Power||593 kW (795 hp)|
749 kW (1004 hp)
|List Price (US)||$695,000|
The Koenigsegg CCX Top Speed
In terms of performance, the CCX is very fun to drive. It is also very fast.
It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers an hour at 3.2 seconds. After six seconds, it would be at 200 kilometers an hour. It once held the record for the quickest lap time in the TV show Top Gear, with a time of 1:17.6 seconds.
Comparing it to its predecessor, the CCX is about a split second quicker. It is also around three mph faster when we talk about top speed.
It is also surprisingly very efficient in fuel consumption for a sports car. It is rated 14 mpg combined and 18 mpg for highway driving.
The CCX has high-performance braking systems, which you would want from a powerful sports car. It has standard forged alloy wheels that were wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports tires.
The company also offered carbon fiber wheels as well as eight-piston caliper carbon ceramic brakes for the front, and six-piston caliper brakes at the rear wheels. Those carbon fiber wheels are nearly 7 pounds lighter than standard wheels. The optional braking system, meanwhile, saves the car around 5 pounds of unsprung weight.
The Koenigsegg CCX Interior
The cabin is quite simple if you compare the Koenigsegg to other supercars. Sure, there are lots of carbon fiber and fine leather inside. There’s also a wraparound dashboard design.
But the instrument cluster is very simple, with just a single round unit and three gauges. There’s also a dial-like unit located on the center stack.
One of the things that make the CCX stand out from the competition is the plenty of headroom and legroom inside this supercar. It can be argued that the CCX is the most spacious supercar in the market today. Pro basketball players would have no problems driving this car.
The Koenigsegg CCX Price
The original CCX has a relatively cheap price of USD$695,000 when it was released. Updated models such as the CCXR Special Edition/Trevita have a much higher price tag over USD$4,800,000.
A new version of the CCX is the CCXR Trevita. It is so rare that there are only three units in the world. That’s not a shock as each unit commands an absurd amount of $4.8 million.
Koenigsegg CCX Celebrity Owners
Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is one of those lucky people who own one.
The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is described by the company as a diamond on wheels. And who can dispute that claim, what with the mind-boggling numbers of this car? It can zoom to 62 miles an hour from a standstill in 2.9 seconds. It also has an eye-popping top speed of 254 miles an hour.
The Koenigsegg CCX may not be as popular as a Ferrari Enzo or a Bugatti Veyron, but it cannot be denied that this exotic car can hang with those supercars on the race track. Christian Koenigsegg has also done a great job of turning a relatively small company into one of the most promising automakers today.