Koenigsegg: Info, Specs, Pictures, Prices

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Koenigsegg is a niche automaker founded by a young entrepreneur named Christian von Koenigsegg in 1994. Headquartered in Sweden, the company specializes in building ultra-quick sports cars for the lucky few that can afford them.

Von Koenigsegg dreamed of starting his own car company since he was a small child. He developed his first car over the second half of the 1990s and introduced it to a skeptical public in 2002. Christened CC8S, the car put...
 the tiny automaker on the map because it was one of the fastest street-legal vehicles on the planet.

Disaster struck in 2003 when the company's factory burned down, forcing it to re-locate to a disaffected building owned by the Swedish Air Force.

Driven by a passion for engineering, von Koenigsegg and his small team of engineers quickly developed an evolution of CC8S called CCR. The team's efforts were rewarded when the CCR clocked a top speed of 241 mph, earning it a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest car on the planet. The CCR has since lost its title to the Bugatti Veyron.

The CCR was replaced by the CCX, the first car Koenigsegg designed with the U.S. market in mind. It featured an updated design, a carbon fiber chassis that kept weight to a minimum and a roomier interior.

Today, Koenigsegg's lineup consists of the Agera, the Agera S and the range-topping 1,140-horsepower Agera R. The company hand-assembles about 20 cars a year that it mainly sells in the United States, in Europe and in the Middle East.