Since the introduction of its first production car in 2002, Koenigsegg always came out on top when it comes to combining sleek and stylish hypercar designs with ambitious engineering triumphs. In the honor of 20th anniversary of its first model, the CC8S, Koenigsegg created a limited edition CC850. It modernizes the former CC8S with new features like a radical new gearbox, and the Engage Shift System.
The 1385-HP Car
It is boasted with the same engine as that of Jesko, a twin-turbocharged 5.0L V8 that powers CC850 to 1185 hp. The V8 fixed churns out 1020 lb-feet of torque. This power could be increased further to 1385 ponies by filling up tank with E85. Koenigsegg claims a curb weight about 3053 pounds, replicating with the same claimed by 2014 Koenigsegg One:1. While official performance stats are not revealed by Sweden based carmakers, the CC850 should be enough quick.
A New Shift System
The next eye luring attraction of CC850 is the new Engage Shift System (ESS), which is inspired from Light Speed Transmission (LST) in Jesko. Likewise LST, the ESS also runs on nine-speed automatic that helps in ultra-quick shifts. But Unlike the Jesko’s LST, ESS is fitted with an old school clutch pedal next to the brake and a gated shifter. The manual shifter shifts entirely by wire, that allows ESS to adjust gear ratios depending on driving mode. As per Koenigsegg, it is the first manual that can change its gear ratios. Founder Von Koenigsegg however tells that it is possible to stall the car in manual mode if clutch is released too quickly.
The car adheres same visuals as its ancestor CC8S. The bodywork is quite similar, with CC850 having similar scoop carved out of the side of the car. The headlights and taillights have been updated with the minimal LED design, rest it sticks to its heritage. The same is true for interior, which is symmetrical and stays in line with Koenigsegg’s current design style. The CC850 gets an analog gauges instead of a digital instrument cluster. As on all Koenigsegg, the roof top of CC850 is removable and the “synchrohelix” doors rotate out and top.
Along with the marking of 20th anniversary of its first production car, Koenigsegg is also celebrating the 50th birthday of its founder, Christian von Koenigsegg. In respect of this, only 50 units of CC850 will be introduced to the public. The lucky customers has to pay around a million to get their hands on this limited edition car.