Twenty years ago Koenigsegg’s first production car the CC8S put the Swedish Megacar company on the map. To mark the award-winning car’s 20th anniversary, the Koenigsegg CC850 was unveiled at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. The new megacar also pays tribute to the company’s founder and namesake, Christian Von Koenigsegg. To celebrate his 50th birthday, CC850 production will be limited to just 50 cars worldwide.
The Koenigsegg CC850 is fitted with 5.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that was engineered and constructed entirely in-house. This V8 does not feature a flywheel and is, therefore, the most responsive, fast-revving engine possible. The visceral experience and accompanying aural signature are otherworldly and incomparable. The engine delivers 1,185 hp on gasoline or 1,385 hp on E85, as well as 1,385 nm (1,020 lb-ft) of torque.
As with the iconic Koenigsegg ONE:1 released in 2014, the CC850 also achieves a 1:1 power to weight ratio with 1385 hp and a 1385 kg curb weight.
The Koenigsegg CC850 is fitted with the world-first Engage Shift System (ESS). The ESS allows for different gear ratios depending on the driving mode, providing tailored experiences based on road or track use. Based on Koenigsegg’s Light Speed Transmission (LST), ESS, paired with a clutch pedal, is an adaptable, multi-ratio, 6-speed manual transmission that also can run as a fast 9-speed automatic. The driver can seamlessly choose between an unadulterated manual transmission or more laid-back automatic shifting.
The megacar’s exterior is characterized by sleek Nordic Koenigsegg design. It features telephone-dial style rims and triple taillights, all of which draw inspiration from the earliest Koenigsegg models.
A symmetrical, minimal design aesthetic inside makes adaptations for left- and right-hand drive versions practical. The round steering wheel, the open-gate shifter with exposed mechanical components, and the analog Chrono cluster showcase the precision work that underpins the CC850. The vehicle also features the iconic detachable hardtop, the synchrohelix door system, the Autoskin function – and it can run on renewable fuels.
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