Bugatti’s New Chiron Super Sport Is More Powerful Than Expected

The road-going hypercar has even more horsepower and torque than the marque originally suggested.

By Bryan Hood 20/05/2022

Missing the mark isn’t always a bad thing. Just ask Bugatti.

The French hypercar specialists have just revealed that the power figures they previously released for the Chiron Super Sport are incorrect. But not in a bad way. It turns out the costly variant is even more powerful than the marque originally thought.

Bugatti recently decided to try the Chiron Super Sport on its newly built high-performance all-wheel single-roller dynamometer. It’s safe to say that those running the test were surprised by the results. The high-tech rig, which is casually known as a dyno, showed that the vehicle’s 8.0-litre W-16 engine was capable of producing 1193kW at 338km/h. Higher than the 1173kW figure that was announced last year.

The hypercar’s massive mill doesn’t just spit out more horsepower, though. The dyno test also showed that it could generate 1665Nm of torque. That’s more than 1600Nm the brand said it could produce. Any way you look at it, the vehicle is even more powerful than expected.

You’ll definitely be able to feel all that oomph when you get behind the wheel of the variant, which is the road-going version of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ that broke the 300 mph barrier back in 2019. The added power won’t allow you to go any faster, though. The “standard” Chiron Super Sport is equipped with a limiter that stops it from topping 440km/h. That’s not going anywhere, which is probably a good thing. The car’s current top speed is more than fast enough for public roads—and then some.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport undergoing dyno testing

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport undergoing dyno testing Bugatti

Unfortunately, your chance to score a brand-new Chiron Super Sport has come and gone. The marque sold out of the last of its Chiron build slots late last year. All hope is not lost, though. We’re sure a Chiron Super Sport or two will end up on the auction market in the coming years. Just be prepared to pay more than the vehicle’s original $5.5 million sticker price. The car is even better than advertised, after all.

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