The Koenigsegg CCX is a mid-engined roadster from Swedish car manufacturer Koenigsegg. The CCX has been engineered to comply with the US regulation and market demands and is an evolutionary car design that replaced the Koenigsegg CCR.
CCX is an abbreviation for Competition Coupe X; the X commemorating the 10th anniversary, (being the Roman numeral for ten), of the completion and test drive of the first CC car in 1996.
The Koenigsegg CCX was first unveiled on February 28, 2006 at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show although its existence was announced earlier. The Koenigsegg CCX is also available as the CCXR, the difference being that CCXR's engine is tuned to run on biofuel. The different fuel and tune allows the CCXR to produce 25% more power than the CCX.
Koenigsegg began the CCX project with the aim of entering the world market, though particularly the United States car market. Development engineer Magnus Jaasund said "We wanted to go into the world market, but we couldn't do it with the old car." To sell cars to the North American market many alterations were made to the design of the CCR; the previously used Ford Modular engine was replaced by a Koenigsegg engine designed to run on 91 octane fuel, readily available in the United States, and to meet the Californian emission standards. The front bumper of the Koenigsegg CCX is designed to be safer in low speed collisions than previous Koenigsegg and the whole body is 3.46 in (88 millimeters) longer to comply with the United States' rear impact regulations.
Koenigsegg CCX Performance
The Koenigsegg CCX can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds and from 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.8 seconds. According to Koenigsegg it has a top speed in excess of 395 km/h (245 mph), although this has not been officially verified. On 15th June 2008, a standard fully equipped Koenigsegg CCX was independently timed by SportAuto in achieving a record 0-300 km/h (186 mph) in 29.2 seconds, beating Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren#722 Edition|SLR McLaren 722, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, Porsche 997 GT2, Alpina B6 S, Corvette Z06.