A faster, more powerful Bugatti. This time, it’s a mechanically uprated Chiron that’s 25cm longer, less air-resistant, lighter and packs in more power. Not evident at the first glance, but look closely and you’ll notice the low-slung front, special aerodynamic shape at the sides and an extended rear, all designed for optimal aerodynamic performance.
The Chiron Super Sport’s extended rear, which is known as a long tail, gives it new proportions and very distinctive aesthetics. An optional, new, horizontal color split visually extends the proportions of the Chiron Super Sport even further, making the hyper sports car appear even lower. To boost the effect of the diffuser and give it more space, Bugatti has shifted the otherwise central exhaust system to the side, with the pipes aligned vertically. The exhaust system also sounds deeper and richer.
The nine exhaust air holes on each fender are more than just a nod to the Bugatti EB 110 Super Sport – they also serve to release the air pressure from the front wheel wells, thereby generating streamlined downforce at the front axle. Additional outlets behind the front wheel arches likewise help to balance out the aerodynamic loads.
Bugatti thoroughly overhauled the 8.0-liter W16 engine for the Chiron Super Sport, boosting its performance by 100bhp to1,578bhp – same as the 300+. It has a higher redline than a normal Chiron, up 300rpm to 7,100rpm, and a broader spread of torque, too. Seventh gear is 3.6 per cent longer. At the same time, the vehicle weight was reduced by a further 23 kilograms.
With the improved performance created by larger turbochargers with more efficient compressor wheels, the seven-gear dual-clutch transmission at full load and full speed transitions from sixth to seventh gear at 403 kmph. The Chiron Super Sport accelerates from 0 to 200 kmph in 5.8 seconds and to 300 kmph in 12.1 seconds.
The Super Sport gets new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that can “consistently drive at up to 500km/h” (311mph), as well as specially tuned steering and suspension. Stephan Winkelmann, Bugatti’s President, says the Super Sport is “the ultimate grand tourer” – if you like corners, buy a Chiron Pur Sport instead.