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A look at the Koenigsegg CCX

Koenigsegg LogoBuilt by the Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg, the Koenigsegg CCX is a roadster designed primarily for selling in the United States with the intention of producing a world-class street legal supercar.  It was planned as a replacement for the Koenigsegg CCR, first released in 2002.  The CCR broke the Guinness record for the fastest production car in the world in February 2002 previously held by the McLaren F1, having attained 388.87 km/h (241.63 mph).  It’s record was later broken by the Bugatti Veyron.  The CCX is an acronym for Competition Coupe X, where the X stands for the Roman numeral ten.  The car marked the 10th anniversary the CC class of vehicles.  It was announced in 2006, ten years after the first CC vehicle was finished and tested. 

The CCX was Koenigsegg’s first car designed for the world market.  It was developed by Magnus Jaasund and, to meet the United States requirements, was very different from previous CC models.  It used a new engine that met California emission standard, featured a new bumper, and was slightly longer.  The CCX is also a bit taller than previous CC vehicles and has 50 mm of extra headroom.  It was also designed to use either European or United States number plates. 

Koenigsegg photo - interiorA more environmentally friendly CCX was later produced.  Dubbed the CCXR, this model used a modified V8 engine that could make use of ethanol fuel or petrol.  It actually gets more horsepower when it used E85 Biofuel.  Just because it is more environmentally friendly, however, doesn’t mean it’s slow.  The CCXR can hit 100 km/h in just under three seconds.  Part of this is because of the unique cooling properties that ethanol displays.  This results in higher pressure in the cylinder.  The E85 Biofuel also has a higher octane rating than standard petrol.  However, the CCXR does use a little more fuel than the standard CCX. 

Two new versions, the CCX Edition and CCXR Edition, were launched in March of 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show.  Both used a remapped 4.8 litre twin-supercharged Koenigsegg engine, although the CCXR Edition is more powerful.  Both of these versions feature anti-roll bars, stiffer springs, a fully visible carbon body, and more.  The interior was also upgraded, adding side step plates, a new chronograph instrument cluster, and redesigning the centre console and its control panels.  In March of 2009, Koenigsegg announced that only four CCXR Edition models would be produced and only two CCX Editions were being made.  They cited the economic decline and their commitment to making environmentally friendly cars as the reasons for this decision.

Koenigsegg CCX Specifications

Top Speed 417 km/h
Acceleration 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds
Horsepower 806
Engine 4.7 L Twin supercharged V8
Body style Two door roadster
Length 4293mm
Width 1996mm
Height 1120mm
Wheelbase 2660mm
Curb Weight 1180kg

Koenigsegg CCX Photos

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One Response to “A look at the Koenigsegg CCX”

  1. Now That is a Car!
    My sister has a 1968 GTO that she is restoring it needs a lot a work but defiantly worth it. Good luck!


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