Features

A-Z Supercars: Koenigsegg CC8/CCX/CXR

Carbon bodies, twin-supercharged V8s, up to 1000bhp – meet the Koenigsegg family

For several years after the McLaren F1 appeared, it seemed we’d never see its like again. The F1 was fast all right. But it wasn’t supersonic. Why should it be allowed to rest in peace as the ‘greatest supercar ever built?’ Why give up at 231mph and 0-60mph in 3.2sec?

Why indeed. The F1 started something: the race to beat it. And one of the first out of the blocks was a 28-year-old Swede called Christian von Koenigsegg. A self-taught engineer, CvK had, some years earlier, envisioned the perfect high performance sports car and, rather than sit around scanning the car mags for its arrival, decided to make it. Thus was the Koenigsegg CC8S born. It boasted slightly more power than the F1 (655bhp), slightly less weight (1100kg) and a fine drag coefficient in the region of 0.28-0.30. Estimated top speed was 242mph and the predicted 0-62mph time 3.2sec.

Subscribe to evo magazine

evo is 21 and to celebrate, we're returning to 1998 prices! Subscribe now to SAVE 39% on the shop price and get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £25!

Project Koenigsegg was rolling. But it wasn’t until 2005, when the car had evolved, via the CCR, into the CCX, that Koenigsegg’s ambition was realised. Powered by Koenigsegg’s own 806bhp 4.7-litre, twin-supercharged V8, the 1180kg carbonfibre supercar clocked 241mph on the bowl at Nardo in southern Italy, beating the previous record set by Jonathan Palmer in the McLaren F1 (231mph) and just pipping the F1’s 240.1mph set with the rev-limiter removed at the VW test track.

With a shape that echoed the McLaren’s sense of function, an interior from a slightly dysfunctional future and arguably the coolest doors of any car on the planet (they swivelled upwards and outwards, a bit like a ladybird’s wing casings pre-flight) the CCX more than looked the part. On the move, it could lift the hairs on your neck with its mighty roar and savage delivery allied to a well-sorted and tactile chassis. As for the 2007 biofuel CCXR (1004bhp), exciting hardly covered it.

Specifications

Years made 2005-2011Engine V8, 4700cc, twin-superchargers (CCX)Max power 806bhp @ 6900rpm Torque 678lb ft @ 5700rpm 0-60mph 3.9sec Max speed 241mphPrice c£500,000 new, c£300-400K today

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/mclaren/201626/2020-mclaren-elva-further-details-of-next-ultimate-series-supercar
McLaren

2020 McLaren Elva – further details of next Ultimate Series supercar

No roof? No worries… The McLaren Elva will be the ultimate sun-seeking supercar
12 Dec 2019
Visit/news/22743/first-details-of-the-gordon-murray-automotive-t50-hypercar-revealed
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 hypercar revealed

A true successor to the McLaren F1, Gordon Murray Automotive has revealed more about its spectacular T.50 hypercar
10 Dec 2019
Visit/evo-car-of-the-year/202042/ecoty-2019-evo-car-of-the-year-preview
evo Car of the Year

eCoty 2019: evo Car of the Year preview

Our annual evo Car of the Year test is coming, in print and online
13 Dec 2019
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019