The Koenigsegg CC850 is the ultimate throwback to Koenigsegg’s very first vehicle – the CC8S! Revealed during the Quail Motorsports Gathering, the Koenigsegg CC850 features a truly unique transmission that is the result of masterful engineering. Before we get into other details regarding the CC850, we’ve got to talk about this transmission.
Christian Von Koenigsegg, CEO and Founder of Koenigsegg Automotive, is quite the engineer. Koenigsegg’s first production car was the CC8S, which serves as the main inspiration for the new CC850 and it featured a 6-speed manual transmission back in the day. To pay homage to the CC8S, Christian and his engineering team invented something rather cool. They took the 9-speed Automatic Light Speed Transmission they currently use in the Koenigsegg Jesko, and re-engineered it to also be used as a 6-speed Manual….huh? That wasn’t a typo and yes, the transmission in the Koenigsegg CC8S is both a 6-speed manual and a 9-speed automatic.
Koenigsegg has managed to create a transmission that is able to bounce between two driving modes, a manual with a full working clutch + gated shifter and an automatic that can be changed by the driver. How cool is that! In addition, the car is automatically able to adjust the gear ratios based on what driving mode it is currently in. Our minds are blown!
Getting to the rest of the car, the Koenigsegg CC850 was initially created as a 50-unit production run model to celebrate Christian Von Koenigsegg’s 50th birthday! Given the demand was so high, Koenigsegg increased the demand by 20 and it sold out instantaneously. The additional 20 was chosen to commemorate the company’s two decades of operations thus far. With officially 70 units of total production, each costing $3,650,000 each, all cars have been sold to customers around the world.
The Koenigsegg CC850 features the Jesko’s 5.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8 that puts out 1185hp on standard fuel and 1385hp while on E85 fuel. While on E85, the CC850 achieves a perfect 1:1 power to weight ratio of 1385hp to 1385kg of weight. Both fuel options deliver 1020 lb-ft torque. The engineering that comes out of Koenigsegg always finds a way to shock us, and we’re glad! Koenigsegg is doing their part to advance automotive technology as best as they can, and we’re here for it!
Congratulations to Koenigsegg on revealing the ever-so-beautiful CC850 and happy birthday to Mr. Christon Von Koenigsegg himself! Cheers!
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