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LSA ICONS: Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 2022 – The 278-mph rocketship for the road

The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, a true masterpiece of speed and French luxury, gets a 2022 update. Less than two years ago, Bugatti broke the 300-mph barrier with a hyper-tuned Chiron. They’ve now bought the same mechanical mastery back for their new Chiron Super Sport.

Chirons are synonymous with speed. The first thought or question that comes to mind when hearing its name is, “How fast does it go?”. The answer to this question actually depends on which year it’s been asked, considering Bugatti has a penchant for breaking its own speed records. The top-tier Chiron of all time was also a Super Sport model but with an additional tag of ‘300+’ in its name. It puts its newly acquired bragging rights of crossing 300-mph on the speedometer, right in the car’s name.

Why are we talking about this today? Because the 2022 Bugatti Super Sport will use the very engine found in the 300+.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

The new Bugatti Chiron Super Sport will be limited to just 30 with a price tag of £2.75 million or Rs 28 crores (approx.). Bugatti claims that they’re already sold out. Apart from the engine, even visually, the car is exactly like the record-breaking long-tail Chiron model it used back in 2019. Under the hood, the Super Sport is powered by a thoroughly overhauled 8.0-litre W16 monster with four turbos that produces a ground-rumbling 1,578-horsepower with a torque of 1,600-Nm at 7,100-rpm. What’s interesting is that the new Chiron’s 7th gear is 3.6% longer than the 300+. We won’t believe it’s faster than the record-holder until we see it.

When it comes to the speed department, I feel like we might be mixing up numbers with a jet. It can catapult from 0 to 124-mph (0 to 200km/h) in just 5.8 seconds. More so, 0 to 186-mph (0 to 300km/h) in 12.1 seconds while maxing out at 278-mph. However, we feel like they’re modest there. Keeping the Super Sport grounded is a set of Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that can actually let the car reach 311-mph or 500-kmh. Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti’s president, calls the Super Sport “the ultimate grand tourer”, and we can see why.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Well, let’s not forget that even apart from all these numbers, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is also a luxury car. Inside the cockpit, we see new leather and polished aluminium inserts clubbed with high-tech carbon fibre applications. The car is also longer than the standard Chiron by 25 cm and has tonnes of tiny tweaks all around to make it more aerodynamic.

How much does this speedster cost? Well, €3.2million or £2.75 million, and that’s before tax and customisation.

All images: Courtesy brand

LSA ICONS: Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 2022 – The 278-mph rocketship for the road

Mikhail Gomes

Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman

A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.

     

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