Bugatti Chiron Super Sport: Testing the fastest car in the world
All versions of the Bugatti Chiron at a glance
The record vehicle Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
Ultimately, the Chiron Super Sport and Chiron Super Sport 300+ only differ in their configuration. Under the long-tail rear, which is around 23 centimeters longer than the normal Chiron, is the same technology, which means something like: I can drive the fastest production car in the world.
An analogue speedometer up to 500 km/h
8.0 liter W16 with 1600 hp
Specifications of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
Specifications Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
1177 kW (1600 hp) at 7050-7100 rpm
1600 Nm at 2250-7000 rpm
0-100 km/h in 2.4 s / 0-200 km/h in 5.8 s / 0-300 km/h in 12.1 s / 0-400 km/h in 28.6 s
440 km/h (electronically limited)
3,808,000 euros (sold out)
The maximum torque of 1600 Nm is already available at a low 2250 rpm. In order to achieve the record speed, the maximum speed was also increased to 7100 rpm (Chiron 6700 rpm) and the ratio of the seven-speed DCT was adjusted. Fun fact: Under full load, seventh gear is only engaged at 403 km/h.
The first meters in the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
To pull away, simply push the leather-clad gear selector to the right and take your foot off the brake. Anyone who taps the gas a little too briskly now makes a small leap forward – a typical DKG peculiarity that does not stop at Bugatti either.
The first meters in the fastest production car in the world are unspectacular. The Chiron Super Sport is easy and calm to drive. Well, with a width of 2.18 meters (including exterior mirrors), some side streets are a bit narrow, but the Chiron can easily cope with bumps in speed thanks to the lift mode.
Top speed mode in the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
However, that wouldn’t be a good idea on the country road, so I’ll stay in “EB” mode for the time being. Time for the first little intermediate sprint. Second gear, half throttle. In the blink of an eye there are 100 km/h, I take my foot off the gas, which the four turbochargers acknowledge with an unbelievable hiss.
In order to be able to experience the potential of the Chiron Super Sport even to some extent, it goes on a closed track. Here, the Bugatti surprises me in fast corners with an unexpected agility – how the Chiron Super Sport directly implements even small steering movements is unexpected. Of course, we’re still talking about a car that tips the scales at 1995 kilos when curb, but the Bugatti feels a lot lighter in the corners. Short straights between two curves are almost absorbed by the Super Sport. In every intermediate sprint, no matter how small, it cracks the 200 km/h mark before the carbon-ceramic brakes with eight-piston calipers on the front axle and six-piston calipers on the rear axle catch it again.
Launch control in the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
But I saved Bugatti’s parade discipline for last: launch control! Launch control is started on the Chiron in the same way as on most cars: put your left foot firmly on the brake, activate launch control on the steering wheel, and step on the gas with your right foot. But the Chiron has a special feature: the system is automatically deactivated after just two seconds, but the mighty W16 needs around 1.1 to 1.2 seconds to build up full boost pressure. So the delta is narrow, the pressure is huge. Sitting next to me is Andy Wallace, not only the Bugatti test driver, but also an overall winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
0-300 km/h in 12.1 seconds
The price of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
The price is also unbelievable. The basic cost of the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is 3.8 million euros gross, with each owner investing an average of another 300,000 to 350,000 euros in extras. And even if you unexpectedly hit the Eurojackpot and want to buy a Chiron Super Sport at short notice – no chance, because all 500 planned Chirons (including 70 to 80 Super Sport) have been sold out since last year and even the waiting list is full. And guess what? I can understand it!
Conclusion by Jan Götze
I’m still speechless. The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport is by far the fastest car I’ve ever driven. The traction is almost infinite, as is the propulsion. At the same time, the 1600 hp hyper sports car is easy to maneuver in the city and is super luxurious. After this trip, I only have one question: “What should top that?”