Few companies can match Koenigsegg’s level of originality, innovation, and clout. The new Koenigsegg CC850 is the ultimate supercar. Get the full story on this incredible car. What started as a small Swedish boutique car manufacturer is now one of the driving forces for innovation thanks to its incredible technological advances, performance capabilities, and design, and with yet another incredible new model, it has developed technology that was unimaginable even 20 years ago. The once-modest Swedish performance manufacturer Koenigsegg has created the most potent street-legal vehicle in the world with their latest model, the CC850, and in the process, reimagined the transmission. Koenigsegg unveiled its latest and most spectacular vehicle at The Quail during Monterey Car Week. The new CC850 is a throwback to earlier Koenigsegg models, including the CCX and Agera, as well as the original CC8.
The new CC850, however, takes advantage of everything Koenigsegg has learned since the company’s inception to turn this car into a lethal weapon, and its clever gearbox offers the best of both worlds to fans of automatic and manual transmissions. The CC850 is the pinnacle of both modern and vintage Koenigsegg, combining cutting-edge engineering with a timeless aesthetic. When contrasted to the modern ethanol-fueled twin-turbocharged 5.0 liter V-8 that generates an astounding 1,385 horsepower, the CC8S’s record-setting 655 horsepower from a Ford 4.6-liter V-8 engine in 2002 seems paltry. Powerful hp is sent to the car’s rear wheels, allowing it to reach speeds of over 200 mph (though inevitably not quite as high as theJesko’s near-300 mph top speed).
The new Koenigsegg CC850 is a truly stunning piece of machinery. We take a closer look. Koenigsegg claims that the exterior was styled to honor the vehicle that made the company famous two decades ago. The latest version of Koenigsegg’s Lightspeed transmission is the new CC850’s crowning achievement. This transmission, named after the company’s mascot, has nine speeds and seven clutches, allowing the car to change gears in under half a second. It’s true that this transmission is state-of-the-art, but the newest model caters to those who long for the days of manual transmissions by including a full clutch pedal and a manually selectable six-speed gearbox. The car’s “manual” transmission and paddle-shifted nine-speed gearbox are both operable thanks to the company’s unique shift-by-wire system, the Engage Shift System. In addition, Koenigsegg claimed that the new gearbox would offer the most exciting manual transmission of any modern vehicle.
It’s time for a new Koenigsegg CC850. We’re bringing it up to date. At a price of $3 million, the CC850’s interior should be on par with the car’s stunning outward design and the mechanical brilliance of its transmission. Seats, tunnels, doors, and instrument clusters are all crafted from carbon fiber, and they are contrasted by brilliant red leather. The gated manual/sequential nine-speed gearbox sits in the center of the cabin, with the gear linkage exposed. The shift knob is handcrafted and features the Swedish flag stamped on top. The red leather on the spokes of the steering wheel is a bespoke order to match the upholstery on the carbon fiber chair frame. Except for the airbag covers on the dashboard, the entire inside is crafted from carbon fiber or leather. The CC850 has all the hallmarks of a true exotic vehicle, including features found in both high-end sports cars and extreme racing machines.