• Aug 30, 2006
So we finally had our crack at the CCX. And we can tell you that those letters could easily be pronounced "Cooks." After watching others get in all sweaty-palmed and exit smiling yesterday, we were able to try it out ourselves. The "it," for anybody not paying attention, is the Koenigsegg CCX. The newest iteration of the SuperSwede that is now available at a dealer near you. So long as you happen to be in Las Vegas and you stop in the Exotic Cars at Caesars Palace showroom. And so long as you have 700 grand to spend. Follow the jump for more clickables and prose.

The photos and video that are connected with this post are probably all you need to see to know everything there is to know about the car. But we will indulge those of you who actually like to read too. The car is a beast on paper. Capable of returning us to Southern California from Las Vegas in exactly one hour at its claimed top speed, we aren't really sure how they had decided to let us drive it. But drive it we did.

And boy oh boy did we enjoy our seat time. Racer Justin Bell helped us learn the track and the specifics about what to expect once it was our turn behind the wheel. 800 horsepower and nearly 700 pounds of torque are nothing to be toyed with, especially when there are no electron-inspired safety nets in place. But from the way he made it sound, this would be a cakewalk.

The clutch is sort of stiff and the shifter requires a firm shove, but other than that, this thing does exactly what you want it to do in an almost calm way. Granted, we didn't push overly hard because our checkbook balances don't run in the 7 digits of late, but triple digit speeds are easily attainable in a matter of seconds and even maintaining those speeds through turns, bumpy turns no less, was fairly easy. Exhilarating, but easy. The car just felt so solid and well-planted in every section. Hard to imagine how far beyond the realm of mere mortal drivers the limits of this car might be.

So we have to say thanks to everybody involved and let you, our Autoblog readers, know that we understand your jealousy. It is warranted. This thing is awesome. Fast and not so furious. It was so easy to push around that track that it made us think it could be used as daily transport. For the lucky few who have the bank to walk into Exotic Cars at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and plunk down $695,000 for one of these beauties, the payout should be better than hitting a Progressive. Special thanks to Drew Phillips and Fast-Autos.net for the collaboration on this project, especially the video that should be up soon.



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Is it me or is the switch gear from VWG? Looks a lot like the stalks that were in the last Passat I drove.

      Apart from that, I second the awesome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car might have set an even better all-time Top Gear lap record without the spoiler if that Stig had been able to handle the speeds it was reaching. The wing slowed it down and made it easier to drive for him. Awesome car either way.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Awesome.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone have a picture of the door latch mechanism? I'd love to see how that works.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does it come with the tow truck featured in it's first run in the Gumball 3000? I guess if you're car costs Enzo money it can be just as reliable... or maybe all that cash went to building the doors... which are very sexy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yep, #14 is right. The wing had nothing to do with it...

      http://davidnaylor.org/blog/2006/06/top-gear-koenigsegg-ccx-didnt-really.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yea I remember that episode. Stig plowed it into the tire wall the first time around because the back end was so loose without that spoiler. Glad to see that Koenigsegg added the "Top Gear" spoiler to its own.

      Unless that is just the same one they drove on the show and is their press model and left the others untouched.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Damn those pedals are perfectly placed for a rally. It is a work of art and I wish I had the bank to afford one. The roads around here wouldn't allow for to much travel, since there are a lot of potholes and ridges in the roads. Pocono raceway isn't to far away to have some real fun though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I want a car that I can complain: IT GOES TOO FAST!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like they finally added the rear spoiler.. If you guys remember, Top Gear (STIG) complained that the CCX could be more manageable with a spoiler. Without it, it was all over their track and STIG managed to crash this car for... first ever crash by STIG on their track.
      • 8 Years Ago
      BTW, as the previous post mentioned, the track is across the street from Nellis AFB and a lot of the jets were doing flybys.

      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/08/29/track-day-number-1-with-koenigsegg-ccx/

      I think the one in the first drive post is an F-22 Raptor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The way I understood it, the CCX was always available with the rear spoiler. The car seen here is the same one that has been used extensively for media and testing purposes and had the rear spoiler off for top speed runs. Top Gear didn't wait for the wing to be fitted before running it the first time and then had to send it back to get it installed because it was going too fast and needed the additional downforce for the driver to be able to keep it on track at that one turn.
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