When the 22-year old Christian von Koenigsegg approached Sweden automotive designer David Crafoord to help him build his dream supercar in the late 1990s, the latter did not know that he was in fact about to collaborate on a history-making project. Even though Koenigsegg vehicles don’t enjoy the same global popularity as their Italian counterparts, they are known more for being the epitome of Scandinavian automotive design. Described as the owner of a ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; sort of character, the Koenigsegg CCX possesses the raw sexual appeal of an Italian supercar as well as the subtle and sensible safety-conscious Swedish vehicle. Crafoord drew on his Le Mans background while Koenigsegg poured his youthful imagination into the design of the original Competition Coupé and the CCX was created as a commemorative design to pay a tribute to the tenth anniversary of the completion and debut test drive of the first Koenigsegg vehicle in ‘96. Created as a replacement for the Koenigsegg CCR, the CCX (X being the roman numeral for ‘10’) was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2006 and the vehicle enjoyed a production run from 2006 to 2010.
Made of 356 Aluminum, the 4,719 cc 4.7 liter V8 engine used in the Koenigsegg CCX is the first indigenous powerplant that the company used in any of its models. Boosted by twin centrifugal superchargers, the V8 runs on 91Octane gas and delivers an output of 678 lb-ft torque@ 5700 rpm and 806 @ bhp6900 rpm and a fuel economy of 18 mpg on the highway and 14 mpg combined. The CCX has a top speed of over 395 km/h and goes from 0-100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds.
Lighter than the previous system, the lightweight electronic control unit in the CCX forgoes physical fuses and receives a considerable upgrade from the unit in the CCR. With an extra 51 mm of headspace, the lush interior landscape of the Koenigsegg CCX comes with luxury sports seats constructed in carbon fiber reinforced plastic by Sparco. The cabin of the CCX comes trimmed in luxuriant Alcantara to enhance passenger and driver comfort.
The rear wheel driven 2-door roadster comes with a specially designed front bumper that is claimed to be more efficient in preventing damage to the vehicle in the event of low speed collisions. To improve aerodynamics, the CCX is given an optional rear spoiler and venturi tunnels at the rear that complement flat underside.