- The new Super Sport version of the Bugatti Chiron has 1479 horsepower and reaches a claimed 273 mph.
- It’s similar to the Super Sport 300 car that was created to commemorate the record-breaking 300-mph Chiron.
- The Chiron Super Sport costs around $3.91 million and deliveries will start in 2022.
Two years after it produced 30 roadgoing Super Sport 300 versions of the record-setting 300-mph Chiron, Bugatti is now launching another iteration of what is pretty much the same car. This one is simply dubbed the Chiron Super Sport, and although it shares almost all of the bodywork of the 300 version we’re told that it is intended to be more comfortable and usable in everyday use. It also has a speed limiter, one that will prevent it from going beyond 273 mph even in its “Top Speed” mode. We’re imagining this won’t be too much of an issue for most potential buyers, and it still allows owners to feel superior to buyers of the Chiron Sport, whose cars are limited to a mere 261 mph.
Like both the record-setting car and the 300, the Super Sport has revised bodywork designed to help it at high speeds. This package was designed in conjunction with Dallara, the famous racecar chassis builder, and features a rear deck that is around 10 inches longer to help hold laminar airflow to the body for as long as possible to reduce drag. Exhaust pipes have also been relocated from their central position on the regular Chiron to split pairs on either side of the larger rear diffuser. And there are nine holes the top of each fender to help release pressure from the front wheel wells.
While the regular Chiron and Chiron Sport make do with 1479 horsepower, the Super Sport has been upgraded to a brawnier version of the company’s 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine, this using new turbochargers and a revised cylinder head to increase output to 1577 hp. This version has a redline of 7100 rpm. Peak torque of 1180 pound-feet is unchanged from the lesser cars, but is accessible over a broader spread from 2000 rpm to 7000 rpm.
Bugatti doesn’t make any official claims for 60 mph times—these are regarded as a little passé these days by hypercar makers—but says the Super Sport can blast its way to 124 mph in 5.8-seconds and to 186 mph in just 12.1 seconds. For reference, when we tested the Chiron Sport earlier this year we confirmed it to be the quickest road car we have ever tested, with a 4.4-second sprint to 100 mph and a 15.7-second run to 200 mph time. And this one should be even quicker.
Bugatti says the Super Sport is designed to deliver high-speed stability and refinement when being operated at the sorts of speeds other supercars can only dream about achieving. Opportunities to experience it unleashed will likely be limited for most owners, certainly those far away from the German Autobahn network. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth travelling to try and experience such forces.
The Chiron Super Sport will cost around $3.91 million, with customer deliveries beginning in early 2022. Tempted?