As we approach 2022, sportscar makers are scrambling to give their fastest and meanest machines a boost. Bugatti is no exception as the Chiron Super Sport gets a major 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 and luxury. 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 have a penchant for breaking their 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. They put their 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+.
The new Bugatti Chiron Super Sport will be limited to just 30. 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 they 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 0-124-mph (0-200km/h) in just 5.8 seconds. More so, 0-186-mph (0-300km/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.
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 tones of tiny tweaks all around to make it more aerodynamic.
How much does this speedster cost? Well, €3.2million (RM16 million), and that’s before customisation and Malaysia’s exorbitant import duties.
All images by Bugatti