The Koenig C-62 was the brainchild of Willy Koenig, the pioneer body parts manufacturer of some of the hottest super cars like the Porsche 962 and the Ferrari Testarossa. The plan was to design and manufacture a street version of the Porsche's 962 prototype racecar. To attain the necessary ground clearances as well as headlight position, an entirely new carbon fiber body was designed. Koenig tweaked the 3-liter version of the boxer engine to produce more low-end toque. Other prominent changes included softer cams and a Bosch Monotonic system. The street car was priced handsomely too, as it came with a price tag of $1.2 million during the early 1990s, and was solely meant for an extremely niche segment of high-end supercar connoisseurs with high-net-worth-individuals.
Entering the Koenig C-62 requires a person to stretch over the extended door-sills followed by cautiously slipping into the leather upholstered carbon-fiber seats. In front of the driver’s seat, there is huge & comprehensive tachometer, warning lights & a speedometer that ends at 264 mph (400 km/hour). The instrument panel has a cluster of warning lights, right in front of the driver’s line of vision. There is also a small display above the radio that shows horsepower and torque levels. The car’s interior is enriched with luxurious leather finishing right from the floorboards, seats, instrument panels & the steering wheels to the door & window panels. There’s even air-conditioning and a small fan, things that are usually not associated with race cars.
The first ever C-62 was unveiled by the makers in flashy yellow shade. Due to ground clearance issues, the original body of the Porsche’s 962 could not be used unmodified and the makers had to create a new aerodynamic body and new under-floors. The car’s outer-body is based on an aluminum monocoque with carbon-fiber underpinnings combining lightweight design with torsional rigidity. The C-62 is also endowed with two working rear lights and two-jet black and cannon-barrel shaped exhaust pumps. The car’s dome shaped roof is tapered like a turtle’s shell. Doors are joint at the front and open up straight just like the sports car and fare well in tight parking spaces. Quite unlike the racing car equivalent, the C-62’s windows are larger and flip open sideways.