After breaking the speed record in 2019 with this rabid Chiron, Bugatti announced that they would build 30 additional units as part of a limited series. On top of that, the French manufacturer also stated that it planned to introduce a standard version of the record-breaking car for the 2022 model year.
Simply called Super Sport, this new Chiron blends the high-performance technologies from the 300+ with the unparalleled level of luxury and comfort that is typically associated with more street-focused editions.
Apart from the powerplant, the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox was also revised to maximize performance. The seventh gear is now 3.6 percent longer, which means that the transmission shifts from sixth to seventh gear at 403 kph (250.4 mph).
If we go by the official figures, the Super Sport can accelerate from 0 to 200 kph (124.3 mph) in 5.8 seconds and reaches 300 kph (186.4 mph) in 12.1 seconds. This makes the new edition about a second faster than the standard Chiron, but from 0 to 400 kph (248.5 mph), it becomes a full four seconds quicker, taking only 28.6 seconds to achieve the astonishing speed.
Compared to the Chiron, the Super Sport has a different tail section that was extended by 25 cm (9.8 in.) and boasts an enlarged diffuser. The redesigned elements ensure that the air flowing along the top and bottom of the car generates a smaller break-away area, which significantly reduces drag. Furthermore, the active rear wing was extended by 23 mm (0.9 in.) to make the airbrake more effective, but, unlike other Bugattis, it’s retracted almost completely in top speed mode, to maximize the longtail's efficiency.
New five-spoke aluminum wheels were also developed. They aren’t just better-looking than those of the Chiron but stiffer and lighter. All four weigh about 16 kg (35.2 lbs.) less and are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires designed specifically for the car.
The exquisite Chiron Super Sport is unquestionably a marvel of engineering but, with no official motorsports program and a starting price of €3.2 million ($3.6 million), the technologies it utilizes and its mind-blowing performance figures are largely irrelevant. Each of these limited-edition hypercars will end up in the collections of some rich snobs who will never dare to drive them as hard as they deserve to be driven.