Ever since Bugatti announced that they had passed the 300 mph mark with a ‘near-series prototype of an upcoming Chiron derivative’ on the Volkswagen Group’s test track in Ehra-Lessien, car fans all over the world have been discussing controversially what this value really means and what exactly it is that Bugatti has achieved. So here is a brief summary:
- Bugatti used a near-series prototype, which shows significant changes in the interior compared to the production car to come due to the missing passenger seat, a racing seat for the driver, a rollcage and weight-reducing measures such a s missing door cards and covers.
- the value of 304.773 mph (490.484 kph) was reached only in one direction. In order to set a valid world record, according to the regulations, a second run in the opposite direction within one hour of the first run would have had to be completed in order to compensate possible advantages as the asphalt, gradient, tailwind and so on, and to calculate an average speed. However, Bugatti never did this second trip with the Chiron, although it had previously been done on the record runs with the Veyron Super Sport and the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse.
- both the tires and the exact engine performance of the prototype leave question marks compared to the production car. It is doubtful whether the customers will actually receive the same configuration.
- the production car is electronically limited to 274 mph (440.96 kph), which makes it slower than the official record holder Koenigsegg Agera RS, which averaged 277.9 mph (447.236 kph) over two runs – as a standard customer vehicle with the optional rollcage.
Compared to the normal Chiron, Bugatti increases the engine output of the eight-liter W16 engine in the Chiron Super Sport by 100 to 1,600 hp (1,176 kW). The interior is dominated by black bare carbon in combination with leather and Alcantara in Beluga Black and orange accents. The ‘Super Sport 300+’ lettering is embroidered on the headrests and the lateral knee supports at the center tunnel, which is also painted on the door sills and can be found as an LED logo on the surface next to the vehicle when doors are opened.
Currently, only a few of the 30 planned vehicles are still available from Bugatti dealers worldwide. The price announced is 3.5 million euros plus local taxes. The first vehicles will reach the garages of waiting customers from mid 2021.