At the 2006 Geneva Motor Show, Koenigsegg unveiled the CCX model. In celebration of 10 years since the first Koenigsegg CC vehicle completed a test drive in 1996, the CCX stands for the Competition Coupe X, where the X represents the roman numeral for ten. The CCX would be the first Koenigsegg car to comply with global regulations to allow for its entry into the US market. As a successor to the CCR, the CCX would now carry the Koenigsegg brand from Sweden and Europe to the world between 2006 and 2010.
Although the fundamentals remain unchanged from the CC8S and the CCR, the newer CCX features a significant amount of tweaks and enhancements that allow it to comply with other safety regulations while also improving performance from predecessor vehicles. The CCX still features a 4.7 liter twin-supercharged V8, carbon-fiber kevlar monocoque body, and Koenigsegg-only “dihedral synchro-helix” actuation doors, which make your Civic’s aftermarket Lamborghini doors cry.
Compliance to US market regulations forced Koenigsegg to focus on changing two primary aspects: engine and dimensions. Engine changes are necessary to comply to emission standards (darn you Californians!) and dimension standards are used to ensure passenger safety.
As a result, the CCX is 3.46 inches longer than the CCR, allowing Koenigsegg to satisfy rear impact regulations. The CCX is 1.6 inches taller than the CCR. Combined with new sports seats and some carbon fiber panel adjustments, headroom has been increased by 2 inches, which means that you can now spike your hair while driving. The slightly larger car weighs a whooping 100 kg (220 lbs) more than the outgoing CCR model, putting the dry curb weight of the CCX at 1,280kg (2,822 lbs). Gaining 220 lbs just to make it US-road legal might not some like a worthwhile compromise but the total weight of the Koenigsegg CCX weighs less than the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, a purpose built and stripped Gallardo, which comes in at 1,340 kg (2,954 lbs). That means that Rosie O’donnell can drive a CCX and still weigh less than a Lamborghini!
The engine design, originally a Ford Modular engine for the CC8S and CCR, was replaced with a Koenigsegg design that was made to run on 91-octane fuel, the most common fuel available in the US. Koenigsegg thoroughly re-engineered the engine and decided to assemble the entire engine at their own factory. The engine block is cast for them by Grainger & Worral, a British company that specializes in Formula One components. The new engine is cast out of aluminum alloy which is stronger than the previous engine, allowing for a thinner and lighter engine block. The new engine is still a V8 that displaces 4.7 liters while being boosted by two centrifugal superchargers. The total output for the CCX is 806 horsepower at 6,900 RPM and 678 lb-ft of torque at 5700 RPM. The power barely changed from the predecessor CCR, but considering the newly employed block and original engineering, achieving similar performance results as the Ford engine is quite impressive. 0-60 mph is achieved in a quick 3.2 seconds and top speeds can exceed 245 mph although no official claims have topped the predecessor CCR’s 240 mph record.
Koenigsegg drivers will be able to hit these impressive performance numbers by putting the power to the ground via a custom 6-speed manual transmission and bringing it all to a stop with huge custom 14.3 inch cast iron disc brakes that can also be upgraded to 15 inch carbon ceramic brakes.
Koenigsegg produced the CCX from 2006 to 2010 where the CCX would be replaced by the Agera. Only 34 are known to exist in the world, but there are certainly a few alternatives; with a CCXR variant which ran on biofuel that actually produced a significant amount of additional power and an “Edition” model which is a “track ready” version of the CCX.
At a hefty sales price of approximately $560,000 USD the CCX is certainly a car to be reckoned with in the states. After only 10 years of development the Koenigsegg brand is already bringing Ferraris to their knees and scaring the likes of Top Gear host, Jeremy Clarkson, so much that he considers “getting stabbed” more comfortable than driving a CCX. Bottom line, the Koenigsegg CCX is a purpose built car intended to grab you by the throat and drive you to your knees begging for mercy.