If stepping onto a TGV still feels risky even after vaccination, Bugatti has added a new method of obtaining socially-distant high-speed thrills: the new Chiron Super Sport.

    It’s essentially a more luxurious version of the earlier Super Sport 300+ from 2019. While the 300+ had a stripped-back all-black interior, the Super Sport’s cabin comes with a mix of leather, aluminium and carbon-fibre.

    Both cars feature a lengthened body with a 250mm longer tail, and two pairs of vertically stacked exhaust pipes for improved high-speed aerodynamics.

    In the Super Sport, the brand’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 boasts 1176kW — up 73kW from the regular Chiron — as well as 1600Nm between 2000 and 7000rpm. The engine’s redline has been moved up 300rpm to 7100rpm.

    With a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive as standard, the Super Sport can reportedly hit 200km/h within 5.8 seconds and 300km/h in 12.1s.

    Top speed is electronically limited to 430km/h, which is well short of the 304.77mph (490.48km/h) achieved by a long-tail Chiron prototype at the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.

    That said, it’s exactly the same top speed as the 300+ designed to commemorate that run.

    The Super Sport rides on specially-developed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres capable of driving up to 500km/h.

    Other changes include firmer dampers, harder springs, a more rigid steering system, and an electronic chassis control ssytem capable of reacting within six milliseconds.

    The Chiron Super Sport is priced from €3.2 million ($5 million) before taxes, or €300,000 ($470,000) less than the 300+, which was limited to a run of just 30 cars.

    Production of the Super Sport will start soon at the company’s factory in Molsheim, France. The first cars will be delivered in early 2022.

    Derek Fung

    Derek Fung would love to tell you about his multiple degrees, but he's too busy writing up some news right now. In his spare time Derek loves chasing automotive rabbits down the hole. Based in New York, New York, Derek loves to travel and is very much a window not an aisle person.

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