Wednesday, February 22, 2012

2008-2010 Koenigsegg CCXR, Edition and Trevita

Typically, when someone mentions the word hybrid we think "Prius." When someone mentions the words "Ethanol Biofuel" We think Chevy flex fuel vehicles. I'll give you something different to think about the next time that you hear the EPA or Obama touting hybrids and biofuel, the first green supercar: The Koenigsegg CCXR.

The Koenigsegg CCXR is simply a hybrid engine version of the CCX that runs on biofuel. At the time of production it was Koenigsegg's top performing vehicle in terms of horsepower, 0-60 acceleration, top speed and even miles per gallon! Unlike other hybrid vehicles, the CCXR yields enhanced performance numbers over its unleaded siblings without changes in displacement or other compromises.

Production began on the CCXR in 2007, just one year after the introduction of the CCX. The only change on the CCXR is a slightly modified engine that can accept E85 or E100 ethanol fuel, along with regular unleaded gasoline. Koenigsegg made a few other minor tweaks such as modifying the fuel injectors, upgrading fuel lines, and most importantly, increasing the supercharger boost levels.

Although seemingly minor changes, the resulting improvements are staggering. The Rotex twin-supercharged 4.7 liter V8 pushes out 1,018 horsepower at 7,200 rpm and 740 lb-ft of torque at 6,100 rpm. That's Veyron Super Sport territory in HALF the cylinders and displacement. These are figures that only the Zenvo ST-1 has also been able to encroach upon in recent years with a similar platform. The additional power helps the Koenigsegg CCXR to go from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and on to an estimated 250

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