Koenigsegg has unveiled its latest limited production hypercar, the CC850, to mark its 20th anniversary. It is a tribute to Koenigsegg’s first production car, the CC8S, and the Swedish carmaker calls it “the ultimate driver's car”. Only 50 examples of the CC850s will be produced.
- Has a 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic gearbox modes
- Gets slightly altered version of Koenigsegg's 5.0-litre twin-turbo V8
Mechanically, the Koenigsegg CC850 is more closely related to the Gemera, Jesko and Regera hypercars. Cosmetically, it is a fusion between the three aforementioned hypercars and the CC8S. Other design inspirations from the CC8S include circular tail-lamp clusters, teledial wheels, the ‘synchrohelix’ door system and the removable hardtop.
It is powered by a slightly altered version of Koenigsegg’s 5.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 1,385hp and 1,385Nm of torque that redlines at 8,500rpm. The engine has a dry-sump design that provides optimal oil distribution and does without a flywheel. Koenigsegg claims that this makes the CC850 the “most responsive, fast-revving engine possible”. The CC850 has been dubbed as the TWMPAFMPC – The World’s Most Powerful and Fastest Manual Production Car.
The Koenigsegg CC850 is built around a monocoque carbon fibre chassis with carbon and kevlar body panels and weighs 1,385kg, which is around 500kg lighter than the Bugatti Chiron. Koenigsegg hasn’t revealed any performance figures for the CC850 yet, but it mentions that the car “was not created to break the Jesko's track records or top speeds, but instead, be up there performance-wise and offer the highest level of driver satisfaction and enjoyment.”
One of the most unique things about the CC850 is its gearbox. Koenigsegg’s ‘Engage Shift System’ is a mix of manual and automatic gearboxes. It is essentially the 9-speed automatic ‘Light Speed Transmission’ that is present in other Koenigsegg hypercars, but can also be used as a 6-speed, gated manual gearbox. The ratios in the manual mode are changed depending on which driving mode – Road and Track – has been selected. To hark back to the original CC8S, the CC850 also has the Swedish flag on the gear knob.
Other mechanical upgrades over the CC8S include a retractable wing at the back, adjustable suspension, adjustable ride height and active aerodynamic components underneath.
The 50 moniker in the CC850 is just not a sign of how many examples will be produced, but also marks the 50th birthday of the carmaker’s founder and CEO Christian von Koenigsegg. There is no information about the price or launch date of the CC850 as of now.