The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport has made its debut as “the ultimate grand tourer”. Said Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti, “The Chiron Super Sport stands for increased comfort and elegance, coupled with even greater performance and higher speeds … it is the essence of what we have learned and developed in recent years”.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
The Chiron Sport’s focused facial expression, Bugatti says, fits perfectly with its aggressive character.

Powered by Bugatti’s familiar 8,0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine which, for the Chiron Super Sport, has been upgraded to 1 176 kW, the Chiron Super Sport boasts a maximum speed of 440 km/h. Bugatti claims the Chiron Super Sport accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 2,8 seconds; zero to 200 km/h in 5,8 seconds; zero to 300 km/h in 12,1 seconds, and zero to 400 km/h seven percent quicker than the Chiron.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
These aluminium alloys are only available for the Chiron Super Sport.

According to Frank Heyl, deputy design director at the French manufacturer, aerodynamic efficiency was at the heart of the design process of the Chiron Super Sport. Following Bugatti’s design mantra of “form follows performance,”, for the Chiron Super Sport, Bugatti

has developed a new vehicle design with optimised aerodynamics. “Every centimetre of [the Chiron Super Sport’s] skin is designed for top speed,” Bugatti says, “from the front splitter to the rear diffuser”.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
The interior features leather, polished aluminium and high-tech carbon-fibre applications.

Thanks to the Chiron Super Sport’s extended rear end – long tail, if you will – Bugatti’s latest hypercar’s “streamlined bodywork” features new proportions and distinct aesthetics, and improved aerodynamics. The Chiron Super Sport measures “approximately” 25 mm longer than the standard Chiron. Further enhancing aerodynamic efficiency, Bugatti has also enlarged the cross-section of the diffuser. To boost the effect of the diffuser and give it more space, Bugatti has repositioned the tailpipe configuration to the side. “If we can generate downforce with the diffuser, there is no need for us to generate it with the drag inducing wings. This means we can retract the wing as far as possible in Top Speed mode for a drive with minimal drag,” Heyl explains.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
The W16 engine produces 1 176 kW and 1 600 N.m.

Other aerodynamic modifications include side air curtains, which is placed alongside the air intakes, for improved airflow from the front end to the wheelarches. This, Bugatti says, minimizes drag and improves the flow of air over the side radiators. As a nod to the Bugatti EB 110, Bugatti has placed nine exhaust air holes on each wheelarch. This design feature, Bugatti says, also serves as a manner in which air pressure is released from the front wheel wells.