In 2005, Bugatti rocked the supercar world with the Veyron, a supercar that cranked out nearly 1,000 horsepower and reached a top speed in excess of 250 mph. In 2010, Bugatti took things up a notch with the Veyron Super Sport, which developed a whopping 1,183 horsepower and set a new world record at 257.87 mph and was capable of 267.85 mph with the speed limiter removed. Six years have passed since then, and Bugatti has replaced the Bugatti Veyron with Bugatti Chiron, a vehicle that’s significantly more powerful and aims to set a new world record.
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While the French company has yet to attempt a new benchmark as of May 2016, we think that Bugatti is pondering an even more extreme Bugatti Chiron. It will be dubbed Bugatti Chiron Super Sport (SS) and will of course act as a successor to the mighty Veyron SS.
Although not yet confirmed by the Molsheim-based brand, the SS should arrive sometime in 2020 for the 2021 model year. That’s a long wait for us supercar nuts, but Bugatti needs the time to further develop the W-16 engine as well as tweak the Bugatti Chiron’s new chassis. This also gives us time to speculate about what the Bugatti Chiron SS will bring to the table and analyze the renderings our skilled artist created for this article
Bugatti Chiron SS Specifications
Year:2021 | Make:Bugatti | Model:Chiron price:$ 4000000 (Est.) | Engine:W-16Horsepower @ RPM:1550 | Displacement:8.0 L0-60 time:2.4 sec. | Top Speed:271 mph (Est.)
Much like its predecessor, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport will feature a number of design upgrades, mostly conceived to enhance the car’s aerodynamics. However, while the Veyrson SS wasn’t significantly different that the standard Veyron, the Chiron SS will likely sport a more radical body kit compared to the regular Chiron. That’s mainly because Bugatti might not be able to squeeze too much power from the already beefed-up W-16 engine and a more aerodynamic body could help enhance the Chiron’s acceleration and speed.
The Bugatti Chiron SS should be quite wild to look and a significant departure from the record-setting Veyron SS.
Up front, we expect the Bugatti Chiron SS to get a larger splitter, motorsport-inspired canards at the corners, and a vented hood. All three elements should increase downforce and help channel the air more efficiently around the body work. Onto the sides, look for lighter, carbon-fiber wheels and beefier side skirts. Everything else should remain unchanged in this area visually, but Bugatti will most likely upgrade the vertical side vents for improved engine cooling. Additionally, the supercar will also get a roof scoop.
Bigger changes should be operated around back, with the biggest upgrade being a massive, race-inspired wing. This would be a first for modern-day Bugattis and a device that could make a big difference for the Chiron’s aerodynamics. The wing will be backed by a revised diffuser that will extend toward the rear wheels, a vented engine hood, and a revised exhaust outlet.
All told, the Chiron SS should be quite wild to look and a significant departure from the record-setting Veyron SS.
Note: Bugatti Chiron pictured here.
We don’t expect many changes inside the cabin. The Chiron SS’ interior should be identical to the standard model and include the organic lines that make up the dashboard, center console, and door panels, as well as the massive amount of leather, carbon-fiber, and aluminum seen in the Chiron. Bugatti will probably craft a few features to help set the SS apart, but don’t look for more than a couple of “SS” badges and a few nips and tucks here and there. With the Chiron highly customizable with virtually endless possibilities as far as upholstery, trim, and materials go, each car will be unique anyway.
It’s safe to assume that the Chiron SS will get its juice from the same 8.0-liter W-16 that Bugatti has been using since 2005, but it remains to be seen how much more power the company’s engineers will manage to extract from it. The Veyron SS received a 184-horsepower upgrade compared to the standard model for a total output of 1,184 horsepower, so it’s natural to assume that the Chiron SS could arrive with 1,600+ ponies versus the Chiron’s 1,479-horsepower rating. However, that may be easier said than done as a significantly more powerful engine will modify several parameters and call for heavily revised components.
While the Chiron is expected to set a new world record at 261 mph, the SS should beat that and come closer to the 271-mph mark.
With that in mind, we expect Bugatti to increase the output of the W-16 to only about 1,500 to 1,550 horses. And, while that may not sound like much, it would be enough to make the Chiron SS quicker in conjunction with the new aerodynamic kit.
The Bugatti Chiron is said to hit 62 mph in “less than 2.5 seconds,” so we have no actual figures to work with, but the SS will probably be a tenth-second quicker. Arguably more important will be the top speed. While the Chiron is expected to set a new world record at 261 mph, the SS should beat that and come closer to the 271-mph mark.
It’s obviously too early to talk about pricing, but the SS will most likely become the most expensive Bugatti Chiron. With the regular supercar priced from €2.4 million (about $2.73 million) and the rumored Grand Sport likely to fetch at least €2.8 million ($3.18 million), the Super Sport could cost in excess of €3.5 million (nearly $4 million). The SS will also be produced in very limited numbers, probably just the 30 units required for Guinness World Record validation. Bugatti could also launch a World Record edition limited to only five examples like it did with the Veyron SS.
Competition (Henessy Venom F5)
Many supercar manufacturers are currently working on a vehicle that would smash the Veyron’s record, but Hennessey is the only company that actually did it. The Venom GT reached a top speed of 270 mph at the Kennedy Space Center in 2014, becoming the world’s fastest road-legal vehicle. But, the record wasn’t recognized by Guinness World Records due to the fact that the run was made in a single direction and that Hennessey sold less than 30 examples. Despite not being official, the record is not only superior to the Veyron SS’, but it’s also better than the Chiron’s upcoming record attempt, expected to be of around 261 mph. What’s more, Hennessey is already working on the Venom F5, a supercar that will hit, according to the company’s estimates, more than 280 mph. This time around, Hennessey will produce 30 units in order to satisfy Guinness’ requirement for the record. There’s no official word as to when the Venom F5 will hit the streets, but a debut is expected in 2017. The supercar will probably cost in excess of $2 million.
It’s hard to draw a proper conclusion given that the Chiron SS is nothing more than speculation and a rendering at this point, but Bugatti will want to keep the tradition it started with the Veyron and deliver a more powerful supercar at some point. When this happens, the Chiron SS will become one of the most powerful road-legal vehicles in the world and one of the fastest. But, while the Veyron kept its record due to the fact that Hennessey Hennessey didn’t produce 30 Venoms, the Chiron might not be that lucky. Still, the Chiron SS will be one of the most spectacular supercars ever built and a vehicle that will encourage other makers to push envelope closer to the 300-mph benchmark.
Mike L. Allen