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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.
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.
There is no need to move or recline the front seats in order to get in and out of the rear row. This is made possible through the Koenigsegg Automated Twisted Synchrohelix Actuation Doors (KATSAD), that opens the full interior without the obstruction of B-pillars. The KATSAD has a very small opening footprint, which allows effortless access even when parked with limited surrounding space. The Gemera’s B-pillarless door system, coupled with the KATSAD, creates a completely new type of four-seater megacar – one that does not compromise anybody’s comfort and treats all four passengers with an equal amount of respect – also when getting in and out of the car.
THE GEMERA’S B-PILLARLESS DOOR SYSTEM
The door openings reveal an impressive four-seater space that boasts equal ease of access, comfort and respect for both front and rear passengers.
KOENIGSEGG AUTOMATED TWISTED SYNCHROHELIX ACTUATION DOORS (KATSAD)
Koenigsegg’s patented dihedral synchro-helix doors are even more dramatic in this car, as they are much longer. The doors still open with the same tiny footprint as the added length of the door only makes it stand taller in its open position. That is the beauty of Christian von Koenigsegg’s door solution – it kind of magically disappears and is unobtrusive.
The newly developed Tiny Friendly Giant engine (TFG), is coupled to the proven and patented electrified Koenigsegg Direct Drive (KDD) first pioneered in the Regera – a combination providing ultimate response from standstill to top speed in the form of a single gear direct drive. The result is a combined output of 1700 bhp and 3500 Nm of torque. The Gemera comes equipped with a small 800V battery, allowing it to travel up to 50 km in EV only mode and an additional 950 km in highway cruise speed in hybrid mode, before needing a fill-up – totaling a range of 1000 km.
The Koenigsegg Gemera´s engine is small. At the same time, it is big when it comes to power, torque and sound. Still, it is small when it comes to emissions and consumption. In short – it is a contradiction of an engine, developed and created by Koenigsegg and its sister company, Freevalve. Therefore, it has been named the “Tiny Friendly Giant” – or TFG for short. Being a two-liter three-cylinder engine, the TFG is future-proofed given its extreme performance, reduced fuel consumption and lowered emissions – not to forget its ability to run on second-generation CO2 neutral renewable fuels.