Bugatti Chiron Super Sport debuts with 1,600 horses and a long tail


Another day, another Chiron. But keep ’em coming.

I know, at this point it just feels like there are way too many Chiron variants, but let’s try and clear the confusion. The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport we are seeing here is a new iteration of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ that debuted in September 2019 at Bugatti’s Grande Fête. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ was, of course, the same car that set a 490 km/h top speed record just a few days prior to its Grande Fête debut.

The Super Sport has the same, distinctive looks as the 300+, including the extended rear — also known as a long tail (grown by approximately 25 cm here). The revised front bumper with air curtains; the circular vents on the front wings to release air pressure from the wheel wells; and the vertically-mounted quad tailpipes are all present here too. The aluminum rims in a five-Y-spoke design are exclusive to the Super Sport. The rims are wrapped with newly developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires which have been optimized for top speed; these tires are claimed to handle speeds of up to 500 km/h (311 mph).

Bugatti says that the uplift forces exerted on the bodywork at 440 km/h (273 mph) are immense and the revised bodywork of the Super Sport generates massive downforce to counter this uplift and perfectly balance the forces. Also, the tailpipes have been mounted vertically not just for the looks, but mainly to make more space for the diffuser.

Obviously, the chassis has also been tweaked in order to handle the car’s revised aerodynamics and high speeds. The steering system and the dampers have been firmed up and the connections have been made rigid.

The engineers managed to shave 23 kg (51 lbs) off the car. That might not seem a lot, but we’ve to remember that the car has to carry a massive 8.0-litre W16 quad-turbo engine. Speaking of which, Bugatti said that the engine has been “thoroughly overhauled” (includes larger turbos) and it now revs up to 7,100 rpm — 300 rpm more. The power output is up by 74 kW (100 metric hp) to 1,176 kW (1,600 metric hp) — same as the 300+. A 1,600 Nm (1,180 lb-ft) of torque is available between 2,000 and 7,000 rpm. The 7-speed DCT can transition from 6th to 7th gear at 403 km/h (250 mph).

As for the official performance figures, well, the Chiron Super Sport accelerates from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 5.8 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 12.1 seconds. The Super Sport is also claimed to accelerate from 0 to 400 km/h (248 mph) 7% quicker than a Chiron. Download the full information sheet here.

While the 300+ were limited to 30 units, Bugatti didn’t share how many of these Super Sport iterations are being built. However, it did share that each unit costs 3.2 million euros (net) and the deliveries are scheduled to start in early 2022. The 300+ carried a base price of 3.5 million euros, just to compare.

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