Koenigsegg resurrects the car with which his legend began and the result is a wild beast of 1,385 hp with a manual transmission!

Rumors spoke of the first Koenigsegg electric or an even more beastly version of the Koenigsegg Gemera, but what the Swedish brand has presented at Monterey Car Week exceeds any expectation. Although we had an idea.

Is named Koenigsegg CC850 and it is the wet dream of any fan of the motor world. Basically because it is a current hypercar with the design and recipe – much improved – of a car that we met 22 years ago: the Koenigsegg CC8S.

Tribute to the last era without electrification

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Koenigsegg CC8S de 2022

More and more car lovers are looking back and thinking that any time passed was better. Emission regulations, electrification and digitization have made cars “lose soul” and hypercars are no exception to the rule.

It is true that they accelerate faster and faster and reach maximum speeds that border on the absurd, but people misses the old sports cars.

In the first decade of the 2000s we lived the heyday of this type of models with beasts such as the Porsche Carrera GT, the Ferrari Enzo or the Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren, but also with new manufacturers that are here to stay, like Pagani and Koenigsegg.

Now, the latter has surprised everyone with his latest release. And not precisely because it is another car that breaks records or promises to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2 seconds, but because it is the car that all motor fans expect for years.

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It is called Koenigsegg CC850 and its name already gives many clues about it because it reminds of the brand’s first production car, the CC8S. In essence, what Koenigsegg has now presented is a modern CC8S, that is, a car from 20 years ago updated.

In the world of books we talk about editions and, applied to this case, we could say that it is the second edition of the Koenigsegg CC8Sof which only six units were produced at the time.

The original hypercar was presented as a prototype at the 2000 Paris Motor Show and was the first model that the firm mass-produced in 2002. When it hit the streets it became the most powerful production car in the world thanks to its 655 hp.

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Now 20 years have passed since the start of its production and Christian von Koenigsegg, the founder and owner of the brand, turns 50. The CC850 arrives to celebrate both events.

From the outside it looks like a simple restyling of the Koenigsegg CC8S, but it is much more than that. It is true that its design hardly changes compared to the original model, although the changes go beyond the headlights and LED pilot lights, since Koenigsegg has redesigned it to improve its aerodynamics.

But the most important changes are the ones that cannot be seen, we could say that it is a “deep restyling”. While the 2002 CC8S reached 390 km/h with a weight of 1,175 kg and a V8 engine that produced 655 CV, the CC850 bets everything on the same number, 1,385.

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What does this mean? That weighs 1,385 kg, has 1,385 hp and its 5.0-liter V8 engine delivers a maximum torque of 1,385 Nm. Of course, to reach those figures it has to be powered by E85 gasoline with 85% ethanol.

With normal gasoline, maximum power is reduced to 1,185 hp. Indeed, electrification is conspicuous by its absenceas in the year 2002.

But that is not all. If you take a look inside you will see three pedals, a manual gear lever with a wooden doorknob topped with the Swedish flag (as in the CC8S) and a grid to guide it reminiscent of the classic Ferrari.

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Yes, the Koenigsegg CC 850 has a manual transmission to be a full-fledged tribute to “the most significant car in the history of Koenigsegg”, according to Christian von Koenigsegg. Although it has a trick.

In the bowels of the car lies the nine-speed automatic transmission with multiple clutches. The driver has the possibility to use the change automatically or choose a mode that mimics the operation of a manual transmissionwith clutch pedal included.

It is another work of art of engineering with the stamp of Koenigsegg that the brand calls Engage Shift System. As if that were not enough, in manual mode there are two gear ratios available, one for the track and one for the road. Koenigsegg claims that the manual mode is so real that the engine can stall if the change is mishandled.

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If we talk about performance, Koenigsegg assures that it is not as fast as the Jesko because “that is not the objective of the CC850, simply is a celebration of analog, but with extreme performance.” What it does promise is to be the fastest production car with a manual transmission that exists.

Now the debate is on whether we can consider it a car with manual transmission or not. It really can be driven like one, even though it also works like an automatic.

What is clear is that Koenigsegg has played the game again, both for the technical solutions of the CC850, and for making the reissue of a car presented 22 years ago the most desired hypercar of the moment.

Coinciding with Christian von Koenigsegg’s 50th birthday, production has been limited to 50 units, although the first customer deliveries will not take place for another three years. Its price? Three million dollarsthe same as the Hennessey Venom F5 Roadster.


Source: Motorpasión by www.motorpasion.com.

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