Accelerating in the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Will Make You Giggle Like a Little Girl
Yes, we’d love to have a go as much as you do!by Michael Fira, on LISTEN 02:46
With the Bugatti Chiron being the replacement of the Veyron, everyone thought its purpose would be to become the world’s fastest road car. Bugatti initially refused to put the Chiron through its paces but then it did and we all witnessed the first +300 mph run from a road car. Now, you too can own a Chiron capable of reaching close to ludicrous speed, as shown by Carwow’s Mat Watson.
A Bugatti made for speed? What a surprise!
The full name is Chiron SS 300+. The ’SS’ bit is there to make it part of a whole lineage of fast Bugattis that includes the Veyron SS (Bugatti’s last ’Fastest Car’ record-holder), and the EB110 SS from the ’90s.
Then there’s the ’300+’ bit which is probably just there to rub it in Koenigsegg’s face because the Agera RS, the previous ’Fastest Car’ went just 277.87 mph. Sure, we expect some tweaked-up version of the Jesko to go much quicker, maybe even quicker than the Bug, but Koenigsegg apparently isn’t ready just yet to make our jaws drop.
So, until that happens this is the king, the only car capable of going over 300 mph (304.77 mph was the speed reached by the non-homologated SS mule in 2019) at the time of writing.
But can the production version do it? Can the Chiron SS 300+ do it? We’ve all heard the stories about how the tank of a Veyron would be dry in just 15 minutes if you drive at 250 mph meaning that 300 mph is an even trickier proposition when it comes to fuel consumption (and thus everything that has to do with fuel feed). Tires, as Loris Biccochi got to experience on his own skin, are paramount when trying to go this fast and that just adds another variable to the equation.
Happily, though, Bugatti took care of everything and this helps with your peace of mind when you’re approaching 300 mph. The aerodynamic package was redesigned with bigger air inlets, reshaped sills and bigger vents along the sides.
Then there’s the engine. An 8.0-liter, quad-turbocharged W-16 good for 1,578 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. The longer tail reduces drag and it’s unique to this model of which just 30 copies will be made. Each is about $4 million before taxes and that is, obviously, a lot of money but just take a moment and watch Mat’s facial expressions as the Chiron SS 300+ reaches its top speed...
|Engine:||quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16|
|0-60 mph:||2.6 seconds|
|Top speed:||304 mph|