Koenigsegg CC850 debuts with 1,385 hp and a manual gearbox but there's a catch
It has been twenty years since Swedish manufacturer, Koenigsegg revealed its first car, the CC8S. To celebrate the twentieth anniversary as well as the fiftieth birthday of the company's founder, Christian Von Koenigsegg, the manufacturer has revealed its CC850, it is a homage to the CC8S. Koenigsegg will only manufacture 50 units of the CC850. The manufacturer claims that the CC850 is built to deliver the most joyful and purest driving experience.
Powering the CC850 is a 5.0-litre V8 that has been twin-turbocharged. The engine is designed to be the most responsive and fastest revving engine. To do this the manufacturer has removed the flywheel from the V8 engine. This is the same engine that is also doing duty on the Jesko. The engine produces 1,185 hp of max power and 1,385 Nm of peak torque. On E85 gasoline, the power output is increased to 1,385 hp. Just like the Koenigsegg One:1, the CC850 also achieves a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio. This means that the supercar produces 1,385 hp and has a kerb weight of 1,385 hp.
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What makes CC850 special is its transmission which is the world's first Engage Shift System (ESS). The ESS allows for different gear ratios depending on the driving mode. The ESS is based on Koenigsegg's Light Speed Transmission, paired with a clutch pedal and a multi-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox that can also function as a 9-speed automatic transmission. So, the driver can choose between a proper gated manual gearbox or an automatic transmission.
All of this is electrically operated so the clutch pedal is tied to the manual transmission. The driver needs to operate the clutch if he or she wants to change the gear to manual mode. The car will even stall if the driver bogs the launch. There is also an automatic mode where the car would change the gears itself.