Swedish company Koenigsegg Automotive was established in 1994 to fulfill the long-time dream of founder Christian von Koenigsegg – to create a world-class supercar. It took time to get up to speed, but the mid-engined CC8S appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 2000.
This handsome roadster certainly passed the supercar test, briefly becoming the fastest road car in production. Next up was the CCR in 2004, a stubby coupe with an unusual cockpit design produced from 2004 to 2006. This had the first engine developed by Koenigsegg – a 4.7 litre aluminium V8.
It wasn’t long before Koenigsegg’s piece de resistance was presented to the waiting world. The CCX of 2006 has a distinctive flowing design representing optimum aerodynamic efficiency, with a wedge-shaped front between wide mudguards that contain slanting headlight units. An aircraft-style cockpit has scissor doors that fold forwards and outwards. There are big air scoops in the flanks and a flat back end with a transparent viewport that reveals the impressive engine. It’s a targa sports car with a top that lifts off and stores up front for open-top exhilaration. Uniquely, it’s street legal in every country in the world.
But what’s truly special about this sports car is its performance, which can only be described as supercalifragilistic. Koenigsegg’s V8 puts out a staggering 806 bhp giving a top speed approaching 250 mph (402 km/h) with acceleration and braking to match. But this is no crude speedster, as it has incomparable ride quality and holds the road brilliantly. Anyone lucky enough to drive a CCX will find it hard to switch off the throaty engine and may have to be surgically removed – it really is that good.
Koenigsegg Automotive also builds the CCGT Le Mans racing model and the special CCXR edition, which has genuine claims to being the best-ever supercar and certainly looks the part.
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4,719 cc DOHC V8
Top speed of 245 mph (394 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 3 secs
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Is it true? Legend has it that a Koenigsegg holds the record for the fastest speeding ticket in the USA, having been clocked at 242 mph (389 km/h) during the Gumball Rally from San Francisco to Miami. That must have been some radar gun.