Koenigsegg CC850, 1,385 hp and a gearbox both manual … and automatic

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Koenigsegg is a relatively young brand born without the support of a great manufacturer. Despite the difficulties, however, in just 20 years the small Swedish company has achieved great things. Able to set world records and to bully itself on the map of the great hypercar manufacturers, with the Koenigsegg CC850 the House celebrates two major milestones. The automobile is indeed a tribute to his first car, the CC8S which 20 years ago, in 2002, represented the debut for Koenigsegg. In addition, the car also celebrates the 50 years of the founder Christian von Koenigseggand from there comes the name CC850.

The CC850 has a retro interior and exterior style that echoes, almost like a restomod, the CC8S. Mechanically, however, the new Koenigsegg CC850 is anything but retro. The 5.0 V8 biturbo under the hood has ben 1,385 hpweighs 1,385 kg and has outstanding performance. The gearbox, then, is an engineering masterpiececapable of being a both 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic. How? Let’s find out then the aesthetics, engines, gearbox and prices of the Koenigsegg CC850.

Koenigsegg CC850 aesthetics: a “Restomod” of the first CC8S

On an aesthetic level, one could see the Koenigsegg CC850 as a “Restomod” of the first Koenigsegg ever produced, the 2002 CC8S. In reality, however, the points in common with that car are only aesthetic, and not technical. Although the same unmistakable aesthetic characteristics are preserved, the carbon frame is all new, as are the mechanics and the interior. From an aesthetic point of view, however, we are faced with a car that recalls in all respects the first Koenigsegg, the one who made the world of the Swedish company fall in love with it.

The front is clean but aggressive with two oval headlights, identical to those of the CC8S but Full LED. And again, the wraparound windshield, the skimpy roof, the unmistakable profile and the very personal rear pillars. Then there are the mythsand vertically opening scissor doors, the unmistakable hallmark of Koenigsegg. Even behind, the lines are even cleaner and more elegant. The headlights, for example, are full LED but reflect the three circular elements of the first CC8S. The removable roof and the absence of a rear wing are also taken from the ancestor. The spoiler, however, is there, and is retractable taken directly by the Regera, unlike the CC8S which did not have it.

The interior of the Koenigsegg CC850 is also very similar to that of the CC8S, extremely simple and analog. The instrument panel is entirely analog, while in the center console there is an infotaiment screen, but it is extremely simple and discreet. For the rest, very accurate finishes, seats and each panel covered in carbon fiber and a driving position with attention to the smallest details complete a retro but very sporty interior.

Koenigsegg CC850 mechanics: engine derived from Jesko and 1,385 hp

On a mechanical and engine level, Koenigsegg CC850 is instead derived from the latest Koenigsegg, like Regera and Jesko. The frame is made up of a carbon fiber monocoque, already introduced by the CC8S but today reached an excellent level. There is also a very refined double triangle suspension system, even in the solutions. The suspensions are in fact adjustable in height and equipped at the rear with triple shock absorbers. In addition, given that Koenigsegg’s ideas have always been about daily usability, the front can be raised by 50 mm. An ideal solution for tackling ramps, bumps and bollards.


The weight of the car is also very low, reaching only 1,385 kg. The brakes, on the other hand, made by Koenigsegg itself, are carbon-ceramic with 410 mm front and 395 mm rear discs, with 6 and 4 piston calipers respectively. But it is the Koenigsegg CC850 engine that steals the show, so much so that it is also mentioned in the name. The 50 represents the 50th anniversary of the founder Christian von Koenigsegg. The 9 instead refers to the eight-cylinder V8 engine under the hood. Compared to the CC8S, which was still fitted with a 655 HP 4.7 V8 of Ford origin, however, everything has changed. The 5.0 V8 biturbo of the CC850 it is indeed made entirely in-house by Koenigsegg.


Equipped with dry sump lubrication and double turbo, it has no flywheel, and therefore is incredibly fast in revving. The engine is then derived from that of the Jesko, and is extremely light with its solos 185 kg. The power? Exceptional: in fact, you get to 1,185 hp on petrol, and 1,385 hp when fueled with E85 ethanol. The CC850 can also be fueled with all synthetic biofuels and e-fuels. Featuring a power-to-weight ratio of 1: 1, like the ONE: 1, the CC850 was not born to break speed records. Despite this, we are facing a very fast car. Thanks to its incredible power, in fact, and to an engine capable of reaching 8,500 rpmperformance and driving emotions are at the top in the Koenigsegg world.

The Koenigsegg CC850 ESS gearbox, the automatic that becomes manual (and with clutch)

The true party piece of the Koenigsegg CC850 is the exchange, a real absolute novelty. Koenigsegg has always been a pioneer in the field of mechanics. After the first engine without valves and without flywheel, in fact, with the Regera you have created a car with a very special one-speed direct drive gearbox. On the CC850, however, the technology is absolutely revolutionary, as CC850 is equipped with both manual and automatic transmission. We explain ourselves better. Together with the V8 biturbo we find the automatic 9-speed multi-clutch LST (Light Speed ​​Transmission) gearbox already seen on Jesko. Here, however, the gearbox is also coupled to one H lever and a physical clutch.


The lever is then inserted into a delightful grille that offers six gears, a reverse gear and an eighth position, the D. By positioning the lever in D, the car behaves like an automatic, also equipped with paddles on the steering wheel. If, on the other hand, you choose to use traditional leverage, the pedal clutch is also activated and the car becomes a real manual transmission car, with lightning-fast gear changes. This gearbox makes the CC850 aunprecedented car, in a class of its own. It is, in fact, a revolutionary gearbox, and who knows that this solution will not be taken up by some other manufacturer. Finally, to conclude a unique picture, there is the Swedish flag on top of the gear knob, as on the CC8S.

Koenigsegg CC850 prices: 50 pieces to celebrate the Swedish house

Koenigsegg CC850 is a car that celebrates 20 years of the House, 50 of Christian von Koenigsegg and carries one in her lap absolutely revolutionary technology. For this reason, it is obvious that it cannot be cheap. Presented to The Quail, A Motoring Gatheringan event organized alongside the Monterey Car Week of Pebble Beach in California, Koenigsegg CC850 is the first car of the house that looks to the past.

The Swedish company is now famous for its futuristic, revolutionary and anarchic approach to the world of hypercars. Or rather, to put it like Koenigsegg, of megacar. The CC850, however, looks a bit to the past. Doing so, however, introduces incredible technology like that of the automatic / manual gearbox, and true power megacar. Being so special, only 50 CC850s will be produced, and the price is from hypercar: 1.5 million dollars. It was not born to make speed records, like the Jesko, nor as a new frontier of megacar like the Gemera. Koenigsegg CC850 is a hyper-modern car with a retro tasteand with a technology that, if brought into the big series, could really become popular.

Koenigsegg CC850, 1,385 hp and a gearbox both manual … and automatic