When it was unveiled in 2006, the Koenigsegg CCX offered a 795bhp twin-supercharged V8, space age styling and Dihedral Synchrohelix door actuators. It looked like a school boy’s dream made real. In fact, company founder Christian Von Koenigsegg had done what many car enthusiasts would do if they could – he had designed and built his very own supercar.
The CCX was the third generation model, its name standing for ‘competition coupe’ and the Roman numeral X referring to the tenth anniversary of the first Koenigsegg test drive. It shook up the established supercar hierarchy and despite being built in extremely limited numbers established an enviable reputation among the hyper car elite as a seriously capable machine.
The CCX models in all their iterations have become desirable collector’s cars, ideal for those seeking something a little different from the usual crowd. Our guide takes a look at what it takes to own one as a used buy.
Which one to buy?
The most numerous cars built were the first CCX models, powered by a 795bhp 4.7-litre twin-supercharged V8 engine. Numerous by Koenigsegg standards means 30 cars. CCXR models were largely the same, but converted to run on E85 Ethanol – pushing peak power up to 1018bhp. A CCGT model was built in 2007 for the FIA GT Championship, however a change in rules made it unable to compete. An all-up weight of just over a ton, and a naturally aspirated 5.0 V8 made it just as vicious as the road-going versions.
The CCX Edition and CCXR Edition models introduced in 2008 featured a slightly larger 4.8-litre engine, with power up to 888bhp and 1018bhp respectively. The Edition models were designed to be more effective on track, featuring numerous chassis tweaks – lowered ride height, stiffer springs and dampers – as well as a higher downforce aero package. The CCXR Special Edition was the final model to be built, featuring a revised carbon fibre body shell, twin rear wings and an F1 paddleshift system. Power output remained at 1018bhp when using Ethanol, and only two of these cars were built.
Despite their massive pace and usability on track, all CCX models came very well equipped with leather interiors, electric windows, air-conditioning and a decent sound system. Some notable extras were a sat nav, rear view camera and a wicked-sounding Inconel exhaust. The majority of cars were specified with most of these extras and Edition models featured these as standard. A removable hardtop also featured on all models.
The vast majority of CCX models were left-hand drive, with only a handful being made in right-hand drive. Both six-speed manual and six-speed automated manual versions could be ordered, the majority of Edition cars and both Trevita models came with the automated manual option. With only 50 units built, and many of them hidden away in collections, the CCX is an extremely rare beast. All are blisteringly quick and many are still sporting delivery mileages. Finding one will require some searching but they are out there.
Performance and specs
Engine 4700cc 32 valve DOHC V8
Power 795bhp @ 6900rpm
Torque 679lb ft @ 5700rpm
Top speed 245mph
Fuel consumption 14mpg
Gearbox Six-speed manual/six-speed automated manual
Dimensions and weight
• With fastidious attention to detail and many hours of development work carried out, the CCX models should be as reliable as most other contemporary supercars.
• Due to the bespoke design of the CCX, only Koenigsegg approved specialists or the manufacturer should work on the cars. Factory technicians travel worldwide to service owners’ vehicles and it is recommended that a service is carried out annually, regardless of how often a car is used.
• Carbon ceramic brakes are standard on all models and while the discs last for ages, the pads can wear out very quickly under sustained track driving.
• Most cars have extremely low mileages, but a lack of regular servicing can impact reliability and resale values so make sure that the annual inspections have been carried out.
• Engines are a Koenigsegg design, and despite their massive output there have been no recurring faults reported by owners.
• The carbon fibre bodywork should be pristine on any car you look at, any evidence of damage or cracking means an expensive visit back to Koenigsegg.
2006: The Koenigsegg CCX goes on sale featuring 795bhp 4.7-litre twin-supercharged engine. CCXR introduced shortly after, with engine converted to run on E85 Ethanol fuel. Power up to 1018bhp thanks to increased boost pressures.
2007: One-off CCGT built to GT1 class requirements
2008: Two CCX Edition and 4 CCXR Edition models produced. Both models produce 876bhp from 4.8-litre twin-supercharged V8. Changes focus on suspension upgrades to make these cars more suitable for track use.
2010: Two CCXR Trevita models built – featuring an industry first sparkling white carbon weave bodywork. Final CCX built as production begins on its replacement, the Agera.
CCX/CCXR Edition: 6
CCXR Special Edition: 2
CCXR Trevita: 2
Owners clubs, forums and websites
• www.koenigseggownersclub.com – Owners’ club site
• www.koenigsegg.com – Manufacturer’s site
Summary and prices
Prices tend to vary based on the rarity of these already highly exclusive models, they hardly ever come up for sale and many change hands behind closed doors making valuation a tricky business. The ‘standard’ CCX models start from around £700,000 up to over £1,000,000 for the Edition models. What the two Trevita cars would sell for is anybody’s guess.
Words: John Tallodi