AW Vehicle Review - Koenigsegg CCR

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  1. TriShield

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    Like A Shot From The North: Koenigsegg Satisfies Marketing Job One

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    MATT DAVIS
    Published Date: 5/16/05

    This past Feb. 28 the Koenigsegg CCR—Competition Coupe Racing—officially set the record as the world’s fastest production car with a top speed of 241.0 mph (387.9 km/h) measured over one kilometer. The hallowed McLaren F1 XP5 prototype had held the record since March 31, 1998, at 240.3 mph (386.7 km/h).

    Shortly after the Geneva motor show in March we were drawn to a runway at the former base of Sweden’s 1st Fighter Jet Squadron, now home to Koenigsegg, to drive the record-setting CCR. Luckily the new Koenigsegg headquarters north of Malmö in Ängelholm inherited the jet squadron’s wide 1.2-mile-long landing strip, where you can do anything you want and not hurt or annoy the tranquil Swedes who live in the area.

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    Since setting the record, orders for the CCR, which were already healthy at roughly $600,000 apiece, have increased. Annual production, now at 15 cars, will jump to 40 by the end of the year—that’s one car per week when you figure in the abundant holidays of your typical Nordic parliamentary socialist democracy with a sitting royal family.

    The increase is due primarily to the successful homologation of the CCR in North America, with deliveries set to begin in late October. There are 30 registered U.S. orders. Order now with a 25 percent deposit and the wait is eight months.

    Besides the missing passenger seat, deactivated rev limiter, extensive electronic monitoring equipment, fire-fighting safety systems and full roll cage, this is a stock CCR. The only significant upgrades (also available to customers) are the multi-plate “cerametallic” racing clutch and six-speed sequential shifter gearbox (no paddles, though this will soon be available).

    Customer CCRs define distinctive supercar luxury inside. Koenigsegg trademarks are the circular center command panel and the tall, precision-machined shift lever. The command dial places three lighting switches at the top and up/down window commands to the left and right, and three engine controls along the bottom.

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    Counting clockwise from top center, buttons No. 5 and No. 6 (“IGN” for the ignition and the electrics symbol, in that order) are pushed at the same time to activate all onboard systems. Then, clutch in, press buttons No. 6 and No. 7 (electrics and engine symbol for the starter) to ignite the 4.7-liter supercharged V8.

    The sound through the titanium exhaust system is serious and big. It’s not the roar of the SLR McLaren pipes, nor does it get high-pitched quickly like the Enzo. It runs the gap between those, with the sound opening up above 2500 rpm.

    CIMA in Italy makes the sequential six-speed manual gearbox. Redline is 7600 rpm, not too low, and all six gear ratios stretch out nicely with the 3.364:1 final-drive ratio smoothly metering the 678 lb-ft of torque and 795 hp to the rear wheels. Right foot to the floor, shifts at 7000 rpm are seamless. The tall shift lever makes right-hand movements off the steering wheel brief.

    Getting going via the sensitive AP Racing cerametallic clutch feels exactly like getting started in the Porsche Carrera GT, and we like it. Launches with ASR off and traction control deactivated are clean and fun.

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    With a torque-sensitive limited-slip differential, smoking the big SportContact 2 Michelins in a straight line is still mostly easy to do. All software-induced traction limiters were disconnected on the record car, so smoking was permitted and encouraged.

    Between the multi-plate racing clutch, sublime sequential six-speed and Koenigsegg/Teksid/Ford SVT V8 engine with two intercooled Rotrex supercharger compressors, driving all day at the limit is hilarious. It’s a shame to keep running out of tarmac.

    Speed has been “found” in the aerodynamics of the CCR. Stability and handling at top speeds and in fast turns are near perfection for such a car. There are 3.94 inches of ground clearance here and the aerodynamic strategy employed—together with the terrific ride provided by the pushrod VPS dampers and Ohlins springs—makes for rock-solid behavior at all times.

    Due to new airflow paths designed into the CCR bodywork, particularly behind the cockpit, sheer downforce—and a more pronounced Venturi effect provided fore and aft by new diffusers—means a rear wing is unnecessary. (If you can’t live without, you can get wings added to the rear.)

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    Traction control on the standard CCR has five different settings that range from winter driving mode to race mode with everything off. What is best about this version of the system is that it works directly through the CCR’s fuel injectors and doesn’t go first via the electronic throttle. This means it is decisive and immediate when it needs to be, but has a high threshold in the sportier modes before kicking in.

    The standard cast-iron floating brake discs are some of the best stoppers around. Working with a power assist function, the reel-in rate is out of this world. If you keep loose objects in the cabin, they will end up on the front shelf, attracted to it like one big magnet. SGL ceramic discs are soon to come as an option.

    Now, of course, we await the arrival of the Bugatti 16.4 Veyron, which has been a long time in coming. According to the inform*ed, the Veyron will accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.7 seconds and can get to 186 mph (300 km/h) in the mid-teens. Acceleration records are not high on the CCR’s list of objectives—3.2 seconds to 62 mph.

    Christian von Koenigsegg has selected the path with the biggest effect on high-roller male shoppers: having the fastest, most lovingly built car in the world right in your driveway.

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    When the time comes, von Koenigsegg wants to take his car to the Bonneville Salt Flats for the seasonal mild, dry conditions that would help the supercharged CCR top 400 km/h (248.5 mph).

    We’ve seen the CCR version that’s homo*logated for North America, and it’s even better looking. Besides small cosmetic differences that render the look tighter—think Ferrari F430 vs. 360 Modena—the Koenigsegg gets a slightly higher bumper line, side positioning markers, emissions upgrades that will compromise power and torque by a negligible amount, a luggage compartment light, a luggage compartment emergency handle in case you lock yourself in, more padding for the A-pillars and headliner structures, passenger airbag, seatbelt warning light and a different symbol light for the handbrake.

    After a lot of driving, it’s apparent to us Koenigsegg stands way more than a ghost of a chance in this vicious business. Congratulations.

    KOENIGSEGG CCR
    ON SALE: October
    BASE PRICE: $600,000 (est.)
    POWERTRAIN: 4.7-liter, 795-hp, 678-lb-ft supercharged V8; rwd, six-speed sequential manual
    CURB WEIGHT: 2921 lbs
    0 TO 62 MPH: 3.2 seconds (mfr.)


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    If that car's windshield was about a foot farther back it would look a WHOLE lot better..
     
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    that car is AWESOME
     
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    speed record already broken by the bugati. 1000hp quad turbo.. 248.x mph

    still awaiting final verification for Guiness book, but looks like its going to hold up.
     
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    It is somewhat homely looking, but I'd still hit it.
     
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    Proof, Link, Article, or ban!

    I am extremely interested in the Veyron for along time now. I haven't heard much about it other than it being a POS and Bugatti basically re-engineering everything on it.
     
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    Allow me to be the first to criticize this car. That shifter is God-awful ugly.
     
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    its definitely out there...nothin will touch the bugatti for awhile...watch the top gears...they know whats coming out and what it can do...and they say in an episode if the bugatti makes it out...nothin will touch it for years...either way...bugatti has nothin to do w/ it...VW owns them and they are designing everything...but as far as top gear goes...says the car is now stable enough...just brakes/steering still suck :mamoru:
     
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    Well, that's what I've heard also. They made big promises, took the car out on test runs, realized it sucked major ass at high speeds, fixed the stability problems, then realized the rest of the car sucked, so its back to the drawing board. :o

    Has the Bugatti actually gone 248.xmph or is that just a theoretical computed number?
     
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    Out of all those statistical numbers, this was the one that caught my eye.

    CURB WEIGHT: 2921 lbs

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    That car is amazing. :bowdown:
     
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    According to bugatti-cars.de the Bugatti Veyron has topped 400 km/h (248.5 mph) :)
     

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