Bugatti has unleashed a new creation called the Chiron Super Sport as something of a follow-up to the Super Sport 300+ of 2019, which broke through the magical ‘300 mph’ barrier with its 490 km/h top speed run.
Although the new Chiron Super Sport follows the same technical recipe as the ‘300’ model, Bugatti is billing this as a more elegant and luxurious offering. Set to go into production in early 2022, the Chiron Super Sport will have a price tag of 3,2 million euro, which equated to around 52,8 million at the time of writing.
The newcomer is powered by a “thoroughly overhauled” version of Bugatti’s 8,0-litre W16 engine, which in this guise produces a wholesome 1 176 kW and 1 600 N.m, which is now accessible between 2 000 and 7 000 r/min, as the vehicle’s engine speed has been increased to 7 100 r/min.
As you could imagine, it’s pretty darn fast, considering that according to claims it’ll get from zero to 300 km/h in 12,1 seconds, which is quicker than it takes your average rental hatchback to get to 100.
But the Super Sport is not only more powerful than your ‘regular’ Chiron, it’s also 23 kg lighter and comes with a more aerodynamic ‘long tail’ body design that’s been extended by 25 cm at the rear. The vehicle’s body was designed to generate massive downforce to counter the uplift forces that come into play at 440 km/h and beyond.
“From the front splitter to the rear diffuser, every centimeter of its skin is designed for top speed,” Bugatti says, and the same applies to the edition’s revised chassis.
“Even on long bends taken at high speeds, the rear remains calm and neutral, resulting in a very composed drive in the Chiron Super Sport,” says head chassis designer Jachin Schwalbe. “Our focus at top speed is on absolute driving stability coupled with comfort”.
The aerodynamic package and redesigned tail also give the Super Sport a unique aesthetic (as per the discontinued 300 model) and the car is further set apart by five-spoke alloy wheels that are unique to this model and also available in a ‘diamond cut’ style.
“With the Chiron Super Sport, we are following our long-standing tradition of combining top speed with absolute luxury,” Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann said.
“The Chiron Super Sport stands for increased comfort and elegance coupled with even greater performance and higher speeds. It is the essence of what we learned and developed in recent years – the ultimate grand tourer.”