Koenigsegg CC8 50: The Last Manual Koenigsegg

The year 2022 marks 20 years since the production of the first Koenigsegg which was the CC8. It also marks the 50th birthday of Koenigsegg founder Christian Von Koenigsegg.

To celebrate this significance, Koenigsegg has announced a brand new car that pays homage to the original CC8. And here is everything you need to know about the new car.

1. Design

The CC8 50 takes every design cue from the original CC8. At first glance they look exactly the same, the overall body shapes look similar from every angle but take a closer look and the CC8 50 has a smoother profile than its original.

The headlights and taillights seem to be the most notable difference. All new LED lights have been used to help update the styling of the car in keeping with its modern revival but even those still look similar to the original car.

With both cars next to each other, you could see not much was changed to update the car’s exterior, even the wheels look similar to the original. In the words of Christian himself “the CC8 was already a timeless car and we didn’t need much to update it”. But get under the skin and it is a whole different car.

2. What’s under?

The CC8 50 is based on the Jesko. This means it benefits from the latest technology Koenigsegg has to offer.

But there have been a lot of revisions to the carbon tub to help get the proportions right as new Koenigseggs have gotten bigger than the original. 

3. Engine

The original CC8 had a supercharged V8 engine that made 655hp and was the most powerful production car at the time. The CC8 50 has the brand new 5.0 liter twin-turbo V8 used in the Jesko. In the Jesko it produces 1600hp but in the CC8 50, it makes 1385hp which is more than double the original car.

It may be down on power from the original engine but the car also weighs 1385 kg. This means the CC8 50 has a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio just like the Koenigsegg One:1. For context, it weighs less than a Porsche Cayman GT4 with triple the power.   

This reduction in power is due to smaller turbos fitted in the engine to help eliminate any form of turbo lag to give the car the feel of a naturally aspirated engine. The engine is already super responsive in the Jesko but the application here with the manual makes up for any form of lag or drop in power when clutching and changing gears.    

4. Transmission: Koenigsegg Engage Shift System (KESS)

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This is the most exciting part of this car as it comes equipped with a manual transmission just like the old car. It has the Light Speed Transmission that was pioneered in the Jesko. The compound gears (9 gears) found in this transmission have allowed Koenigsegg to develop a 6-speed manual transmission. 

This is not a gimmick as it is a true manual transmission and behaves the same way a traditional manual car would. But there’s more, while it can be driven as a manual transmission car with a clutch pedal its characteristics can also be changed depending on its drive mode.

For regular daily driving, the gear ratios a spaced evenly to allow for a smooth and engaging driving experience without going very fast. On the track, the ratios change to a long first gear for leaving the pits and closely stacked 2nd to 6th gears for optimum track performance.

The final trick is an auto mode, Shift the gear right to the far right and down puts the car in full auto mode like an automatic transmission with no need to use the clutch or change drive modes.

All this was achieved without any weight penalties, the Light Speed gearbox weighs the same as the one in the Jesko. It is lighter than any dual-clutch or single-clutch transmission in any road car and even lighter than the manual found in the original CC8. It is also more compact than any production gearbox.       

5. Interior

Step inside and you have the familiar layout similar to the Regera and Jesko. But you immediately take note of the 6-speed gated manual transmission with the Swedish flag on the shift knob just like the CC8. The knob is also made of wood to give a great feel but I suspect it can also be had in different finishes like carbon fiber.

The shifter mechanism can also be seen through the gats like that of a Pagani or Lotus. Every shift action is accompanied by visual movements inside the gates.     

While we have a digital screen in the center, the gauge cluster isn’t. In keeping with the original CC8, the CC8 50 has a beautiful analog Chrono cluster similar to what you find in a Swiss watch. The steering wheel is a full circle instead of a flat-bottomed wheel.   

It also features Koenigsegg’s famous Dihedral Synchro helix doors but is now available with Koenigsegg Auto skin. Auto skin was first introduced in the Regera which allows the car to be opened up automatically via the remote. This is a feature that the original car didn’t have. 

6. Aerodynamics

The CC8 50 remains as close to the original car as possible with smooth body lines and no visible aero parts. But it incorporates active aerodynamics in its underbody and a retractable rear wing just like the Regera. The wing sits flush with the car’s bodywork and seems to disappear when not in use.

These hidden aero parts help channel air under and over the car but retain its slippery shape.

7. Production

Every Koenigsegg is limited and exclusive, at this time there is no official price but expect cars to start at $2 million before options. Only 50 cars are planned for production in line with Christian’s current age. This makes this car more exclusive than the Jesko (125 units) and even the Regera (80 units).

Summary:

For years customers have been asking for an analog experience and Koenigsegg has delivered. They have absolutely nailed this project and anyone with the means would instantly reserve a slot. Manual production cars with big power are hard to come by. The closest is the GMA t.50 and t.33 with a manual gearbox and a V12 but about half the power.

The CC8 50 will definitely go down as the Koenigsegg to have now and in the future.

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