250mph Koenigsegg Edition set for world premiere

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February 28, 2008 Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg will debut its latest gob-smacking creation at the upcoming Geneva International Motor Show - the Koenigsegg Edition. Featuring a striking black clear carbon body, red leather interior and new forged, machined and polished aluminum wheels, the Edition will be available in two versions - the 4.8 litre 888bhp CCX Edition and the CCXR Edition, a biofuel burning variant that achieves 1018 bhp at 7000rpm when run on E85 fuel, making 0-62 mph (0-100 kmh) in under 3 seconds and reaching a top Speed of 254+ mph (410+ kmh) along the way. Those in the market will have to dig deep and act fast to get behind the wheel of the Edition - pricing for the CCXR version is listed at 1.5 million Euros and according to Koenigsegg "only a very few models will be produced".

Both versions are two-door, two-seaters with a removable hardtop stowable under the front hood lid and in terms of performance, the CCX is only just outstripped by its stablemate, achieving the same 3 second 0-62mph acceleration and a top speed of 245+ mph (400+ kmh). The CCX slips a little further for the 0-200 kmh benchmark (9.2 sec compared with 8.9 sec) but then at 1,330,000 Euros, you do get a little extra change.

Braking distance for both variants is 105ft for 62-0mph ( 32m for 100–0 km/h) via ceramic disc brakes on both ends (power assisted 8 piston light alloy Brembo monoblock calipers at the front and 6 piston light alloy AP Racing callipers at the rear) with F1 style traction control incorporating 5 different handling modes.

Weight to Power ratio is listed at 1.44 kg/hp for the CCX and 1.26 kg/hp for the CCXR - very formidable figures but still behind the recently announced Caterham road/race car which claims an almost ridiculous 1:1 ratio.

Fuel consumption, as you might expect, isn't exactly miserly - during highway travel the CCX Edition will burn around 3.4 gallons over 62 miles (13 l/100 km) and the CCXR will use 4.75 gallon over 62 miles (18 l/100 km) when running on E85. The CCXR is also capable of running on E100 fuels, as well as regular petrol.

Koenigsegg has used computational fluid dynamics as well as track testing in Sweden and other proving grounds in Europe to optimize aerodynamics and create maximum downforce. To this end, the design incorporates a specially developed rear wing, a larger front splitter and side front strakes combined with lower ride height and modified shock absorbers. A push-button hydraulic lifting system is able to raise the front of the car by around 2 inches (50mm) in 3 seconds with an automatic drop down safety feature kicking in at at 31mp/h.

Inside the cabin the Edition features a special version of the Koenigsegg Chronocluster and a redesigned centre console with all interior aluminum parts are anodized in a specially formulated Koenigsegg Edition tone.

In November 2007 Koenigsegg cars were certified for the United States market.

Stay tuned for further info and more images of the KoenigseggEdition when it takes the stage in Geneva next month or visit the company's website for further specification details.

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