How Much Power Does This 12-Year Old Hypercar Make?
COVID-19 has many people temporarily out of work and others trapped at home with no place to go. We start to ponder on all the questions racing through our minds such as, "When will this end? What is the status on a vaccine? How much power would a 2008 Koenigsegg CCX make today?" Fortunately for mankind, the crew at exotic rental company, Royalty Exotic Cars, has the answer for one of those three questions. Bet you can't guess which one.
Some accompanying background knowledge: the CCX was produced by boutique Swedish manufacturer, Koenigsegg, between 2006 and 2010. With 49 total units produced (30 CCXs plus other special variants), it outputted 806 hp and 679 lb-ft. on 91 octane from a 4.7L twin supercharged V8 of Koenigsegg's own design. The CCX utilized a 6-speed manual as well as a 6-speed sequential gearbox, and the body was mix of carbon fiber and kevlar resulting in a relatively svelte 3,200 lb curb weight. It was the first Koenigsegg to be legally sold in the United States and quickly became an icon in the car world with exposure in media such as Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Fast Five, and Top Gear where it briefly held the track record at 1:17.60. Props to the land of Ikea and PewDiePie for creating this 245 mph ballistic missile.
Photos by Koenigsegg, GT Spirit
In the video, the Royalty Exotic Cars crew, who had previously dyno tested a Bugatti Veyron, struggled to exploit the car's maximum potential as they try to figure out where the rev limiter is in a car with no discernible redline. However, after a few more pulls to just a hair over 7,000 rpm, they managed to extract 653 rear-wheel horsepower, a stellar number for even today's supercars. Before their best pull, the crew expressed that the CCX is capable of over a thousand horsepower and showed intentions of tuning it later down the line. It seems even with well over an R8 V10 Plus-worth of wheel horsepower, 653 is only the start for these eager folks.
Hopefully, that answered the question all of mankind was obviously asking in this day and age. Stay safe and live well. Happy Quarantine!