The world’s fastest, most powerful production cars will soon be gliding along the roads of the UAE and the rest of the Gulf, but there is little worry that it will add to traffic congestion, given its price tag of more than 550,000 Euros (Dhs 2.5 million).
Swedish supercar manufacturer Koenigsegg recently launched its latest machine, the Koenigsegg CCX, a futuristic-looking automobile whose body and chassis are made of a lightweight carbon fibre composite reinforced with Kevlar, and whose all-aluminium engine is designed for high intensity pressure and heat.
Company founder Christian von Koenigsegg, who was in Dubai for the launch, talked about the manufacture of his cars as follows: “In the production of each car, we devote all available time, emotions and resources – sparing nothing, venturing and sacrificing everything – in the name of beauty, perfection and speed.”
The CCX is the latest iteration of the Koenigsegg CC range, offering tighter lines and a more aggressive stance, but clearly following in the noble design and engineering tradition of its predecessor, the CCR, famous for holding the production car speed record of 388 km per hour.
Andreas Petré, Manager - Koenigsegg Middle East, said the company feels a kinship with car enthusiasts in the region “because of our shared passion for the most finely honed, beautiful and powerful vehicles on the street.”
“The Gulf is one of our most promising markets because of the large number of elite supercar aficionados eager to experience the uncompromising, incomparable driving experience of the Koenigsegg CCR,” Petré added.
Not only does the GCC boast some of the highest per capita incomes in the world and a disproportionate share of millionaires, but it also is home to the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix and the Dubai Autodrome, which features an FIA-sanctioned circuit.
The Koenigsegg CCX appears extremely low and broad, with a cockpit-like semicircular windscreen and organically shaped rear hood as key features. The smooth and polished body is gently curved, its lines and surfaces appearing slippery, projecting an image of velocity.
Inside, leather contrasts with futuristic stainless steel controls and refined surfaces. The hardtop is stored under the front bonnet during roofless driving.
Other distinctive elements include a large interior that makes it one of the most spacious supercar on the market; optional ceramic disc brakes that give it a lower unsprung weight than any other supercar, and an engine that is engineered completely in house, unique among low-volume supercar manufacturers.
Koenigsegg operates a regional marketing office in Jebel Ali, Dubai.