2022 marks two important milestones for the Swedish hypercar brand Koenigsegg. It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of the CC8S, the first production car from Koenigsegg, and it also happens to be founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg’s birthday, which took place last month. To celebrate, Koenigsegg has unveiled the CC850, a new hypercar that’s a modern reimagining of the CC8S, and unlike most of the brand’s modern hypercars, which have chased top speed records or performance standards, the CC850 aims to be just as much fun. to drive as possible.
The CC850 is about 7 inches longer than the CC8S, and it’s also slightly wider and taller. The styling is kept pretty close to the original, with the biggest updates being to the rear, which features rectangular taillights, a smooth bumper and a large diffuser. Other minor updates, like the headlights and aero elements like the splitters, have made a big difference in how modern the CC850 looks. It has the same synchrohelix doors and removable roof as the CC8S, although the CC850 has newer Koenigsegg trademark features like the Autoskin feature that opens all doors and body panels at the push of a button.
On the inside, things look much closer to a modern Koenigsegg, but the CC850’s mostly symmetrical dashboard and thin center console are reminiscent of the CC8S. It has analog gauges, door handles shaped like the Koenigsegg emblem and tons of leather and carbon fiber. And unlike the CC8S, the CC850 is fully crash tested and road legal for use in the United States. It also has modern features like a surround-view camera, air conditioning, Apple CarPlay, wireless phone charging and a hydraulic suspension lift.
Koenigsegg’s twin-turbo 5.0-liter flat-crank V8 engine powers the CC850. On regular gas it makes 1,185 horsepower, but that number is boosted to 1,385 hp if you use E85 fuel. Maximum power comes on at 7,800 rpm, while the engine revs at 8,500 rpm, and peak torque of 1,020 pound-feet is reached at 4,800 rpm. The CC850 weighs just 1,385 kg (3,503 pounds), giving it a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. Like onThe CC850’s engine does not have a flywheel, so it is as fast revving as possible.
The CC850’s transmission is the real standout. Called the Engage Shift System (ESS), this multiratio transmission is based onmulticlutch Light Speed Transmission and allows for both manual and automatic shifting. In manual mode, the ESS has six speeds and a clutch pedal; Koenigsegg describes it as being one of the most engaging manuals ever made. But the ESS can also be set to automatic mode, where it has nine speeds and shifts on its own. The gear ratios can be changed depending on the driving mode, and Koenigsegg says the transition between manual and automatic mode is seamless. Best of all, the shifter itself is gated and has super-intricate visible clutch, and the knob is topped by the Swedish flag, just like on the CC8S.
Koenigsegg has yet to announce a price for the CC850, but with only 50 to be built, it will surely cost at least $3 million to start. Given how revolutionary the CC850’s transmission is, and how it’s being pitched as a more analog, enthusiast-oriented option compared to the rest of the hypercar crowd, we suspect they’ll all be snapped up once Monterey Car Week is over.
The Koenigsegg CC850 celebrates two important anniversaries
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