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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This is What A Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Might Look Like


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When the the Bugatti Veyron arrived on the scene in 2005 with nearly 1,000-horsepower on tap, nobody was thinking that a beefed up version was a) necessary or b) coming in the next 5 years.
 However, the French have a long tradition of not caring about the opinions of others, and the Germans have a long tradition of internal oneup-manship, so a Veyron Super Sport hit the market in 2010 with 1,183-horsepower, and set a new world speed record of 257.87 mph.
Now here we are six years later, and with the paint still drying on the new Chiron, there’s already speculation about what a Chiron Super Sport (SS) would look like.

Designed by TopSpeed artist Pratyrush Rout, the “2021 Chiron SS” doesn’t look all that different from the production Chiron, and that’s actually quite likely to be the case if Bugatti builds it. Like the Veyron SS, the speculated Chiron SS keeps in line with the simple but dramatic thinking.

The new look begins with a larger front splitter, racing-style canards at the corners, and a vented hood up front. On the sides, the design includes beefier side skirts and carbon fiber wheels, and Bugatti would likely improve engine cooling by upgrading the vertical side vents as well.

The most notable change would be the addition of a massive motorsport-inspired wing, something we’ve yet to see on any modern Bugatti. I’m usually not a fan of giant wings, on even the most extreme street cars, but it looks quite proper in this design. You can only imagine that extra downforce would be a real blessing. Further improvements to the rear are a revised diffuser extending towards the rear wheels, a revised exhaust outlet, and a vented engine hood.

Visual changes for the sake of improving aerodynamics are fine-and-dandy, but I know what you’re really interested in: power, all the power. TopSpeed estimates that the Chiron SS would get the same 8.0-liter W16 found in the reguar ‘ol Chiron, but with a tune that could squeeze around 184 extra horsepower from the behemoth motor. The Veyron SS got that bump back in 2010 to bring it’s total output to 1,184-horsepower, so if the Chiron SS got the same deal, the figure would rise to 1,663.

If a Chiron SS does materialize five years from now, it’ll be in extremely limited numbers, perhaps even as few as 30, the amount required for Guinness World Record validation. If you’re hoping to be a proud owner of one of these hypercars, you’ll probably need around $4 million American dollars. A base Chiron starts at $2.73 million, and the rumored Chrion Grand Sport is likely to go for around $3.18, so if you don’t need the absolute highest performance from your Bugatti, you could at least save a million or two by going with one of those instead.