The company was founded in 1994 in Sweden by Christian von Koenigsegg, with the intention of producing a “world-class” supercar. Many years of development and prototyping led to the company’s first street-legal production car delivery in 2002.
In 2006 Koenigsegg began production of the CCX, which uses an engine created in-house especially for that vehicle. The CCX is street-legal in most countries, including the US.
In March 2009 the Koenigsegg CCXR was chosen by Forbes to be one of the most beautiful cars in history.
In December 2010 the Koenigsegg Agera won the BBC Top Gear Hypercar of the Year Award.
Apart from developing, manufacturing and selling the Koenigsegg line of supercars, Koenigsegg is also involved in “green technology” development programmes beginning with the CCXR (“Flower Power”) flexfuel supercar and continuing through the present with the Agera R. Koenigsegg is also active in development programs of plug-in electric cars’ systems and next-generation reciprocating engine technologies.
At the end of 2015 Koenigsegg had 97 employees in total with an engineering department of 25 engineers led by Christian von Koenigsegg himself.
Christian von Koenigsegg
Christian von Koenigsegg mentioned that watching a Norwegian film called Flåklypa Grand Prix when he was five was how his fascination with cars began. From that day on Koenigsegg wanted to build his own super-sports cars.
As mentioned above, in 1994 he started the hard work of building the Koenigsegg company. He had David Crawford create a design concept and that was the start of Koenigsegg Automotive AB.
Koenigsegg isn’t a traditional automotive engineer yet his contribution to new technology in automobiles is pretty impressive. For example, his company created the triplex suspension; a rear suspension system used in current Koenigsegg models that allows for maximum comfort, and straight-line speed. He also is working on completely valve-free technology for engines, where electronics and air-pressure are used to actuate intake and exhaust valves with very high precision and unlimited control of timing, instead of the traditional camshaft technology for their cars.
Christian is an automotive icon and we expect he will continue to innovate and build some of the most extremely engineered hypercars for many years to come.
In 1994 Christian von Koenigsegg created the Koenigsegg car company. The goal was to follow his automotive passion and to build the ultimate hypercar. No compromises or price limit, the idea was the ultimate car, whatever it takes.
1995 – Koenigsegg moves into new premises in Sweden. Production of the first prototype started developing. The newly assembled Koenigsegg team makes an extraordinary effort; in only one and a half years a superb sports car was finished, ready for media promotion and further testing. The concept for this supercar set from the start, a two-seat mid engine construction with a hardtop, all based on state of the art Formula 1 technology. A network of competent designers and engineers, with connections both to the Swedish car industry and the universities, were tied together.
1996 – Christian sketched the initial technical layout and the small team hand-modeled all components for the vehicle. The prototype was completed in 1996. The Koenigsegg CC concept had a carbon body and custom chassis, suspension and brakes. The engine was from Ford, but the team was so unhappy with it they rebuilt it basically from scratch to their specification.
This was a year of heavy testing on racetracks, roads and wind tunnel. Among the well renowned race-car drivers to test the prototype were Picko Troberg, Calle Rosenblad and Rickard Rydell. They were all amazed by its outstanding performance. The concept worked. It was time to introduce the car to the prospective buyers.
1997 – Koenigsegg CC prototype is shown during the Cannes film festival and it’s success was recognised. The satisfactory tests and the great media coverage on the Cannes film festival, enables the company to create a finished product. An entirely new car brought into the world. Sticking to the basic concept of the prototype, the entire chassis was now made of carbon fiber, and a unique module system was developed so that the car can be configured to every desired set-up.
1998 – The Koenigsegg team worked full speed ahead for the specified product model. The car went through fifty-seven different tests in order to comply with the international certification regulations. Maintaining a low profile towards the media, all concentration was focused on the final product.
An ideal new facility near Ãngelholm was purchased, and the build up of a series production infrastructure, was started. Since almost every key part of the Koenigsegg CC is specially designed and unique, highly qualified composite engineers and CAD- CAM technicians were employed. Modelers with experience at SAAB and Bentley created the final body. A three dimensional measuring system with full CAM- capabilities was set up in the modeling workshop.
1999 - Koenigsegg acquired the blueprints, production tooling and patents for a 12 cylinder boxer engine constructed by the legendary engineer Carlo Chiti, who for many years was a head engineer at Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. The engine was designed to be used in formula 1 racing, a super lightweight, horsepower monster, that aim to push the Koenigsegg CC beyond the 400 Km/h limit. This engine is planned to be used in a future limited version of the CC.
2000 – The first production vehicle was assembled during the spring and summer. September 28th is the deadline when the entire project meets the jury of the world; the premiere at the Paris motor show. The car will be brought to the INTA test centre, Spain, for crash testing and certification. At the Koenigsegg facility, a production line capable of manufacturing the cars is being organized. A project group starts to sketch on a prototype with Le Mans specifications.
2001 - The first Koenigsegg’s are due to be finished and are now the prized possessions of their owners. Before the Koenigsegg CC there has only existed two cars with 100 % carbon fiber monocoque chassis truly intended for road use, the McLaren F1 and the Ferrari F50. Today the Koenigsegg CC is the only one in production. The Koenigsegg CC delivers greater performance in all aspects than any other competitor. It is probably the worlds fastest series manufactured car. Koenigsegg offers race track test drives to buyers, and presents a whole new way of thinking about retailer and customer support, based on mobile Internet.
2002 – Koenigsegg CC 8S was formally produced for the European market only. That was also the year that Guinness gave the CC8S the title of the world’s most powerful production car ever.
2003 – a fire devastated the factory. Although the building was destroyed, most of the equipment and all of the cars under production were saved. They moved to their current location, a former Swedish airplane hangar. That really helped with the development of cars because testing could happen is real time, right outside the factory doors. Rapid testing and new ideas could be added to a car and tested in a matter of hours.
Koenigsegg produced a special version of the Koenigsegg CC, the B12 S. The cars will be built in limited edition consisting of only 15 cars, using a highly modern supercharged unique Koenigsegg engine with 12 direct ignition coils, 4 valve configuration, all aluminium block, DOHC and 7 bearings on the crankshaft dry sump lubrication. This engine construction has shown superb durability in offshore racing.
2004 – A a new model was introduced, the Koenigsegg CCR. Soon after the Koenigsegg CCR became the fastest production car in the world, beating the nine-year-old Guinness World Record set by the McLaren F1.
In 2005, the Koenigsegg CCX was homologated for worldwide sales. Finally, hypercar fans could buy a Koenigsegg no matter where they lived. In 2010, Koenigsegg launched the Koenigsegg Agera. Several version of the Agera were launched as the team improved it with every iteration.
In 2015, Koenigsegg released the Koenigsegg Regera, a high performance luxury supercar. At the same time, they released the Agera RS.
Koenigsegg Full List of Models
Koenigsegg’s lineup of cars is pretty impressive for a young, small automotive manufacturer. The case below show up on all of supercar lists so make sure you check them out: Top 50 Supercars by Speed, Top 100 Nurburgring Times, Most Expensive Supercars
|Model Name||Model Year||Units Sold||0–100 km/h (0-62 mph||Top Speed|
|Koenigsegg CC Prototype||1996||1 Prototype|
|Koenigsegg CC8S||2002-2004||6 units||3.5 sec||390 km/h (240 mph)|
|Koenigsegg CCR||2004-2006||14 units||3.2 sec||395+ km/h (242+ mph)|
|Koenigsegg CCGT||2007||1 Prototype|
|Koenigsegg CCX||2006-2010||29 units||3.2 sec||395+ km/h (245+ mph)|
|Koenigsegg CCXR||2007-2010||8 units||3.1 sec||400+ km/h (250+ mph)|
|Koenigsegg CCXR Edition||2007||2 units||3.1 sec||400+ km/h (250+ mph)|
|Koenigsegg CCX Edition||2008||2 units||3.1 sec||400+ km/h (250+ mph)|
|Koenigsegg CCXR Edition||2008||4 units||3.1 sec||400+ km/h (250+ mph)|
|Koenigsegg Quant||2009||1 for race|
|Koenigsegg Trevita||2009-2010||2 units||2.9 sec||410+ km/h (254+ mph)|
|Koenigsegg Agera||2010-2013||7 units||3.0 sec||433 km/h (269 mph)|
|Koenigsegg Agera R||2011-2014||18 units||2.9 sec||Top speed 439 km/h (273 mph)|
|Koenigsegg Agera S||2012-2014||5 units||2.9 sec||439km/h (273 mph)|
|Koenigsegg One:1||2014||6 units + 1 prototype||2.5 sec||451 km/h (280 mph)|
|Koenigsegg Agera RS||2015–present||25 units planned||2.9 sec||402 km/h (250 mph)|
|Koenigsegg Regera||2015–present||80 units planned||2.5 sec||402 km/h (250 mph)|
|Koenigsegg Agera Final||2016–2017||3 units|
The concept for this supercar set from the start, a two-seat mid engine construction with a hardtop, all based on state of the art Formula 1 technology. A network of competent designers and engineers, with connections both to the Swedish car industry and the universities, were tied together. Today the Koenigsegg CC is the only one in production. Learn more about the Koenigsegg 1996 CC Prototype.
Koenigsegg’s first proper production car. First orders were taken at the Paris Motor Show in 2000, and the six cars Koenigsegg went on to build were delivered in 2002 and 2003. The engine was loosely based on a Ford V8, but comprehensively reworked by the Swedes for a total output of 655 bhp. Learn More about the Koenigsegg 2002 CC8S.
The 806bhp CCR has different bodywork, bigger tyres and brakes, an upgraded chassis and revised suspension. Koenigsegg built 14 in all. Its 241mph run at Nardo in February 2005 would have taken the McLaren F1’s world production car speed record had more been produced. As it turned out, Bugatti took the honours with the Veyron later that year. Read more about the Koenigsegg CCR.
To meet international regulations and take advantage of the market potential in America, Koenigsegg have revamped and retooled their CCR supercar into the CCX. Named to commemorate 10 years since the first prototype saw the light of day, the CCX now meets the strict California emissions limits as well as other tough US safety laws. Fortunately, this process let Koenigsegg improve the CC, and as a result the CCX is larger and more refined. This was a completely new car, with very few components carried over – and that’s including the Ford-derived V8 that had, until the CCX, powered all production Koenigseggs.
There were several special edition CCX cars. A CCX Edition (two were built) had more power, altered aero and updated trim. There was also a CCXR that ran on bioethanol and had over 1,000hp. After that a CCXR Trevita was released (just two built) which was finished in a special coated carbon fiber. The final version of the CCX was the Special Edition. Read more about the Koenigsegg CCX.
All Koenigsegg CCX Models:
This is a particularly interesting one. The story goes that CvK designed his early cars to be compatible with ACO GT1 regulations, which at the time called for a maximum 2.0m width, and that the cockpit should occupy at least 70 per cent of that width. 20 would need to be sold for homologation. CvK wanted to do Le Mans, and the CCGT was the car built for the task.
The CCGT was based on the CCR, but had a few CCX bits. Before it had a chance to race, the regulations were changed, carbon monocoques were outlawed, and the homologation limit steadily rose to 350 cars a year. Thus, the CCGT never raced. Read more about the Koenigsegg 2007 CCGT.
The Koenigsegg Agera was produced starting in 2011. Koenigsegg came up with a new interior and a unique 7 speed transmission with a E-diff and wet clutch. Other cool tech included four individually designed VGR wheels which are real air turbines, increasing the downforce of the car and improving brake cooling. The cars had an inhouse 5.0-litre V8 that was turbocharged. Before that Koenigsegg cars were supercharged.
There were several versions after the first Agera. The Koenigsegg Agera R was based on the Agera with the addition of visible carbon on the front bonnet and bumper, new front side winglets, an all-new Aero exhaust, increased engine power with a raised RPM limit. The R had more power and the same biofuel capabilities as the CCXR. The Agera S came soon after in 2012 and was an Agera R with the flexfuel feature removed.
Then came the One:1, with its 1hp to 1kg power to weight ratio, and the car with which Koenigsegg hopes to set a new ‘Ring record. The One:1 was the first homologated production car in the world with one Megawatt of power.
More recently was the addition of the Koenigsegg Agera RS, a friendlier version. It uses advanced technology developed during our exclusive Koenigsegg One:1 program, while maintaining all the functionality of previous S and R models. Agera RS enhancements include are both cosmetic, aerodynamic and increased power and a raised rpm limit.
All Koenigsegg Agera Models
The latest car in the Koenigsegg stable is the Regera. This is a stunning 1479bhp, 1465lb ft, 250mph hybrid hypercar. And no, those figures are not a mistake. It shared the same 5.0-litre twin turbo V8 as you’ll find in the back of an Agera RS with the addition of three electric motors. Koenigsegg’s goal was the instant pull of the Tesla P90D combined with the roar and emotion of the monster petrol powerplant. This is Koenigsegg’s answer to the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.
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What is the fastest Koenigsegg?
Acceleration & Top Speed
Koenigsegg builds some of the fastest hypercars on the planet. In fact, every single one is insanely quick compared to just about every other car on the planet. There must be a top dog though even at Koenigsegg. Koenigsegg Regera is fastest accelerating car that Koenigsegg has made. 0-60 is over in just 2.5 seconds. On par is the megacar, the Koenigsegg One:1 that was the most powerful production car ever built when it was released. When it comes to top speed, the 280mph Koenigsegg One:1 beats the Regera by some margin, as does the Agera R.
|Car||0-60 mph||Top Speed|
|Koenigsegg Regera||2.5 sec||402 km/h (250 mph)|
|Koenigsegg One:1||2.6 sec||451 km/h (280 mph)|
|Koenigsegg Agera R||2.9 sec||439km/h (273 mph)|
See also: Full list of fastest accelerating cars on the planet.
Fastest Nurburgring Times for Koenigsegg cars
While straight line acceleration and top speed count, we also like to understand the fastest car around the green hell. While most believe that the Koenigsegg One:1 would be fastest at Nurburgring it has yet to best the CCX and CCR. The Koenigsegg One:1 endured a severe crash at the Nürburgring Circuit on 18th July 2016 while attempting to break the overall lap record. For now we have to wait and see if the One:1 can beat the CCX and CCR.
|Koenigsegg||Koenigsegg CCX||7:33.55||2006||Watch Onboard|
See also: Full list of the fastest cars around Nurburgring.
World records that Koenigsegg cars have broken
For a small Swedish car company Koenigsegg really knows how to push the automotive envelope. Over the years in addition to some amazing technical achievements and innovations, the team has broken several world records. Here’s are the world records we could find that Koenigsegg cars have broken:
- On 28 February 2005 the CCR broke the Guinness record for the fastest production car in the world, having attained 241.63 mph (388.87 km/h) on the Nardò Ring (a circular track of 7.8 mi (12.6 km) circumference), breaking the record previously held by the McLaren F1.
- When it was first introduced, the Koenigsegg CCXR held the power-to-weight ratio record for production cars, with a power-to-weight ratio of 1.3 kg (2.9 lb)/hp. This record was later held by the Koenigsegg One:1, with a power-to-weight ratio of 1 kg (2.2 lb)/hp.
- In 2008 the German magazine sport auto conducted a 0–300–0 km/h (0–186–0 mph) test for production cars, with the CCX winning the event in a total time of 29.2 seconds.
- In September 2011, the Koenigsegg Agera R broke the Guinness World Record for 0–300 km/h with a time of just 14.53 seconds and a 0-300-0 km/h time of 21.19 seconds.
- Koenigsegg improved this record with Koenigsegg One:1 on June 8, 2015, it proved 0–300 km/h in 11.92 seconds and 0-300-0 km/h in 17.95 seconds (3.24 sec improvement on the 2011, Koenigsegg Agera R record), it also proved 0–200 mph (0–322 km/h) in 14.328 seconds and 0-200-0 mph in 20.71 seconds.
What is the price of Koenigsegg cars?
Which is the most expensive Koenigsegg? How much do Koenigsegg cars cost? Believe it or not these are really hard questions to answer because these cars are so personalized and custom. The list price is rarely the price people actually pay. Here are the list prices for Koenigsegg cars:
- Koenigsegg Agera – $1.33 million
- Koenigsegg Agera S – $1.46 million
- Koenigsegg Agera R – $1.60 million
- Koenigsegg Regera – $1.89 million
- Koenigsegg One:1 – $2.85 million
How many Koenigsegg cars are there?
Koenigsegg only produces about 15 cars a year. In total there are less than 200 Koenigsegg on the road. The latest Regera is going to be limited to 80 units (of which 40 have already been sold).