After news broke of Bugatti breaking the 300mph (482km/h) barrier during the past week in a heavily-modified Chiron, we speculated that a production ‘Super Sport’ variant may appear given some visual nods to such a variant of it’s predecessor, the Veyron.
Sure enough, our wishes came true as Bugatti has revealed the production-spec Chiron Super Sport 300+, which, officially, is the first production car capable of going over 300mph.
As seen in the test mule that managed to hit a breathtaking 490.48km/h at the Ehra-Lessien test track, the Super Sport 300+ features a boosted version of the Chiron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces an astonishing 1177kW.
Backing that engine up is the same all-wheel drive system seen in the ‘regular’ Chiron – not that there’s anything particularly regular about it – but with a different long-ratio seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox to help it hit such immense speeds.
Of course, production models of the Super Sport will feature electronic speed limiters to keep insurance companies happy, as well as to obviously protect owners not just from themselves, but from related factors such as tyre degradation that play a role on safety.
However, it’s not yet been decided what this limiter will be set at – slightly higher, we would imagine, than the regular Chiron’s 420km/h top speed. There may, however, be the possibility for this limiter to be temporarily removed if a potential roll cage becomes part of the options list. And if the owner is game enough to try and hit nearly 500 clicks.
Differing from the record-breaking car seen last week is the production version’s full interior, with two quilted leather seats, rather than a racing bucket and a stack of laptops where the passenger should’ve been.
All Chiron Super Sports will come as standard with the black-and-orange colourway like what was seen on the Veyron Super Sport – however, if any potential owners wish to change it and have the dough to make it happen, it can be had in any colour combination they could hope for.
Just 30 Chiron Super Sport 300+ build slots are available, with the base price of each car set at a number as relatively great as its top speed – A$7.5 million. Bugatti claims there’s been plenty of interest from brand loyalists to snap up this new piece of record-breaking history. That, we can bet there certainly has been.
So say hello to the new fastest car in the world. Given the insane speed it hit that’s set the bar for everything else to come, we imagine there’s a good chance it’ll be the holder of that title for a while.
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