It may not have the mystique of Italian supercars or the pedigree of a Porsche Carrera GT, but with 601 kW and 920 N.m of torque on tap, the Koenigsegg CCR lets the power do the talking.

It may not have the mystique of Italian supercars or the pedigree of a Porsche Carrera GT, but with 601 kW and 920 N.m of torque on tap, the Koenigsegg CCR lets the power do the talking.


According to the Swedish manufacturer, its highly-rated CC8S is already in the Guinness Book of records as the world’s most powerful production car. It is claimed to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3,5 seconds, achieve a top speed of 390 km/h, complete the standing quartermile in 10 seconds, with a terminal speed 217 km/h.


The CC8S’ sibling, the CCR, might have nothing in common with a Sixties folk rock band bearing the same initials, but the new supercar might be the biggest thing to come out of Sweden since pop supergroup Abba... It has a 4,7-litre V8 cast aluminium, four valves per cylinder, double overhead camshaft engine. The powerplant weighs 215 kg and features a dry sump with unique oil spray piston cooling, sequential, multipoint fuel injection and Lysholm twin-screw supercharger with 1.2 bar boost pressure and intercooler.


Mated to a Cima six-speed gearbox fitted with an internal oil pump and oil cooler, the engine produces its maximum power at 6 900 r/min and peak torque at 5 700 r/min.


When the supercar débuted at the Geneva Show recently, Koenigsegg claimed the CCR would catapult from zero to 100 km/h in 3,2 seconds and reach a top speed of 395 km/h-plus. That means that the CCR would theoretically complete the standing quartermile in nine seconds with a terminal speed of 235 km/h.


The CCR’s bodyshell is made of pre-impregnated carbonfibre and kevlar and lightweight hard-foam sandwich reinforcements. It has a completely flat underside of chassis, Venturi tunnels at the rear of chassis/body, and a drag coefficient of 0.297 Cd. The car’s removable hardtop is stowable under the front boot lid.


The suspension consists of double wishbones, adjustable Öhlins Racing gas-hydraulic shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar. Koenigsegg magnesium alloy wheels (19-inch front and 20-inch rear tyres) keep the CCR glued to the road and 362 mm (32 mm wide) ventilated discs, combined with power-assisted six-piston light alloy callipers, provide stopping power.


Koenigsegg claims that the CCR will generate lateral G-force of up to 1.3 g and decelerate from 100 to zero km/h in 31 m.


Given the colossal power output of the CCR, details such as the interior specification list seem superfluous, but here it is anyway: electronically-adjustable ride height, climate control, electric rear view mirrors, leather interior, central locking, electrical windows, alarm with immobiliser, driver side airbag, power steering, ABS, traction control, stereo with CD-player, tyre pressure sensors and titanium exhaust system.


Koenigsegg offer the following extras for those who’d like to enjoy extra creature comforts while trying to tame a 601 kW beast: parking sensors, GPS navigation and/or tracking system, telephone system, rearview camera, aluminium rear light casing, four-point safety belts, sequential gearbox, tailor-made suitcases, custom colour leather interior and exterior paint, additional noise insulation, and carbonfibre rear twin fin wing or front splitter.