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Geneva Shoot-Out: Supercar Makers Converge in

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Geneva Shoot-Out: Supercar Makers Converge in Switzerland

Date posted: 02-13-2006

GENEVA, Switzerland — Two ultraexotic carmakers, Sweden's Koenigsegg and Italy's Pagani, will cross swords, so to speak, at the upcoming international auto show here. At stake: Bragging rights as to who has some of the fastest and most expensive machinery on European roads.

Both companies have released teaser shots of their latest hardware — the Koenigsegg CCX and the Pagani Zonda F Roadster — due to be publicly unveiled at the Geneva show.

Since the official launch of the Bugatti Veyron, with its 1,001 horsepower and $1-million-plus price tag, all other comers have been vying for 2nd place.

Koenigsegg's latest claimant boasts a lightweight carbon-fiber body, 800-plus horsepower, 0-60 acceleration in 3.2 seconds, and a claimed top speed of just over 240 mph.

The CCX will be marketed exclusively in the United States through Exotic Cars in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. Koenigsegg plans to build and sell only a limited number of CCXs this year on a first-come, first-served basis, at a base price of $650,000.

The Pagani is a topless version of the high-performance Zonda F that was introduced a year ago in Geneva, and is said to be a tribute to racing legend Juan Manuel Fangio. Powered by a Mercedes-AMG 7.3-liter V12, the F Roadster delivers a mere 650 hp in Clubsport trim, with 0-60 times in 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 215 mph. The company describes the new model as the world's fastest production roadster.

The sticker? Also $650,000.

What this means to you: With Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Pagani, and others creating 200-mph-plus supercars, "extreme exotic" is almost becoming a market segment.

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Link: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=109298

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