The Koenigsegg CC8S


The CC8S was the first production car ever made by Koenigsegg. It was the culmination of 8 years development work that started out with Christian von Koenigsegg wanting to build his own car. Its minimalistic, clean, efficient and elegant styling truly set it apart from the peers of the time. The CC8S laid the foundation for all Koenigsegg car models when it comes to aesthetics, philosophy and functionality.

The CC8S was produced between 2002 and 2003 in 6 examples, making it one of the rarest Koenigsegg models ever. 2 of the 6 cars were right hand drive. The CC8S pre-production car was premiered at the Paris Auto Show in 2000 and this was where the first orders for the car were taken.

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The engine was built in-house by Koenigsegg in Ängelholm, but based on a modular Ford V8 engine architecture. In order to reach 655 hp with full OBD compliance, meet emission regulations, have great reliability and drivability, Koenigsegg really had to re-engineer most of the engine. The engine was fitted with dry sump lubrication, forged piston and connecting rods, larger injectors, merged exhaust headers, ram air intake, centrifugal supercharger with a large intercooler etc. The cylinder heads had to be reworked and fitted with new camshafts and injectors. Head bolts had to be strengthened and the list goes on.

In order to have a free flowing exhaust to meet the power needs and at the same time fit catalytic converters, Christian invented and patented the ‘Rocket cat’ principle. The system worked in a way that when the pre-cat created too much back pressure at high rpm, the overpressure was dynamically bypassed/overflowed directly to the main cat, which is fine in this scenario, as the main cat is fully warm then. A simple, clever solution with no moving parts. This solution increased power by nearly 100 hp compared to existing solutions.


The CC8S pioneered the detachable, stowable carbon roof and the dihedral actuation doors that Koenigsegg has become famous for. The car won several awards, including the “Guinness World Record” for the Most Powerful Production Engine and awards for excellent design from both “Red Dot” in Germany and “Utmärkt Svensk Form” in Sweden.

All CC8S cars can be fully serviced and upgraded at the Koenigsegg factory at any time.

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson named the CC8S his favorite supercar of 2004, despite fierce competition from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Pagani. The CC8S also recieved 5 star rating from EVO magazine.

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  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0–62 mph) under 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 390 km/h (240 mph)
  • Standing quartermile: 10 seconds, end speed 217 km/h (135 mph)
  • Braking distance: 32 m (100–0 km/h)
  • Ground clearance: 100 mm (3.9 inch)
  • Fuel capacity: 80 litres (17.6 gallons)
  • Luggage compartment: 120 litres (26.4 gallons)
  • Dry weight: 1175 kg
  • Type: V8 cast aluminium, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshafts
  • Cam cover of carbonfibre
  • Displacement: 4.700 cm3
  • Compression: 8.6:1
  • Weight: 210 kg
  • Lubrication system: Dry sump with unique oil spray piston cooling
  • Oil cooler
  • Oil: SAE 5 W/30 fully synthetic racing
  • Oil tank capacity: 12 litres (2.64 gallons)
  • Induction system: Sequential, multipoint fuel injection
  • Supercharger with 1.2 bar boost pressure. Intercooler
  • Fuel: 98 RON unleaded.
  • Ignition system: Direct coil on plug, Transistorised
  • Power output: 655 bhp at 6.800 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 750 Nm (550 ftlb) at 5.000 rpm
  • Maximum rpm: 7.250 rpm
  • Specially developed 6-speed gearbox by Cima
  • Incorporated internal oil pump and oil cooler
  • Torque sensitive, limited slip differential
  • Clutch: Dual Plate, organic or cintered Ø 215 mm (8.46 inch)
  • Front brakes: Ventilated discs Ø 340 mm, 32 mm wide. 6 piston light alloy calipers. Power assisted. Koenigsegg Advanced Control system
  • Rear brakes: Ventilated discs Ø 315 mm, 28 mm wide. 4 piston light alloy calipers. Power assisted. Koenigsegg Advanced Control system
  • Two-door, two-seater with removable hardtop stowable under the front boot lid. The body is made of preimpregnated carbonfibre/kevlar and lightweight hard-foam sandwich reinforcements
  • Cd. 0.297. Frontal area 1.825 m2. Completely flat underside of chassis
  • Venturi tunnels at the rear of chassis/body
  • Semi monocoque made of preimpregnated carbonfibre and with honey- comb reinforcements for added stiffness
  • Front and rear suspension: Double wishbones, adjustable Öhlins Racing gas-hydraulic shock absorbers, pushrod operated. Anti-roll bar. Electronically adjustable ride height
  • Rack and pinion power assisted steering
  • 2.7 turns lock-to-lock
  • Turning circle: 11 metres


  • Koenigsegg magnesium alloy wheels with centre locking
  • Front: 18” x 9.0”
  • Rear: 20” x 12.5”


  • Michelin Pilot Sport 2
  • Unidirectional with asymmetric tread pattern
  • Front: 255/40 ZR 18
  • Rear: 335/30 ZR 20
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