Since Volkswagen Group acquired Bugatti in 1998 the company has served as engineering showcase of what’s possible. In 2004 Bugatti released their first car since acquisition – Bugatti Veyron.
Bugatti Veyron was a game changer. It was the first production car to have more than 1,000 horsepower and unsurprisingly was the fastest car in the world at the time with a top speed for 407 km/h. It featured a lot of never seen before technology on a production car like dual clutch transmission which is something that nearly every serious sports car nowadays has.
Sheer performance wasn’t the only thing what made Bugatti Veyron one of the most iconic cars of all time. Making a fast car is one thing, but making the fastest car in the world that’s comfortable, luxurious and reliable is completely something else. But Bugatti Veyron provided all that.
Today Bugatti Veyron is unfortunately underrated. Car enthusiasts that have never driven one often criticize that it’s too heavy, only good for straight line performance and not fun to drive which is not true at all. Granted, Veyron might have been a bit bland to drive on twisty roads or a race track compared to pure bred sports cars designed for track but a lot of it was fixed with Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport introduction in 2010.
Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport saw an increase of 198 horsepower and 250 Nm of torque but the improvements wasn’t only on spec sheet. Bugatti focused a lot on making it more fun to drive, even on corners, which they were quite successful with. That was the biggest difference between original Veyron and Super Sport – the sheer satisfaction to drive.
It was only a question of time when Bugatti Veyron would have been succeeded. The year was 2016 and long awaited successor finally arrived – Bugatti Chiron. 1,500 horsepower, 1,600 Nm of torque, top speed of 420 km/h (electronically limited). The new model is a definitive improvement. More powerful, faster and more engaging to drive.
One of the more interesting thing of Chiron are all the versions of it. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is a top speed variation that can do 300 miles per hour and has longer wheel base and more aerodynamic shape. Then you get Bugatti Chiron Sport and Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport with shorter gearing for faster acceleration and more downforce for grip. Then there are super limited Bugatti Centodieci and Bugatti Divo that are based on Chiron. And starting today there’s is a new option – Bugatti Chiron Super Sport.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport boasts 100 horsepower increase over regular Chiron and more aerodynamical bodywork inspired from world record setting Chiron 300. It has a top speed of 440 km/h and it does 0-200 km/h in 5.2 seconds – pretty significant improvement over regular Chiron which does it in 6.1. The torque remains the same – 1,600Nm, but is available over wider range of RPM’s.
Bugatti Cheat Sheet
|Model||Veyron||Veyron SS||Chiron||Chiron SS||Chiron 300+|
|0-200 km/h||7.3||6.7||6.1||5.2|| ~5.8|
might be faster
|0-300 km/h||16.7||14.6||13.1||12.1|| ~12.1|
might be faster
|Top Speed||407 km/h||434 km/h||420 km/h|
| 420 km/h|