Final version of the world's fastest production car revealed; top speed capped at 258mph
19 August 2010

Bugatti has taken the wraps off the run-out version of its iconic Veyron hypercar: the 16.4 Super Sport.

As well as being a last hurrah for the Veyron, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is the production version of the car that now holds the title of world’s fastest production car, a record it set in June at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessein test track.

That car managed a top speed of 267.91mph, although the production version will have its speed capped at 415km/h (258mph) to help “protect the tyres”. Apart from having its top speed limited, Bugatti says the rest of Super Sport will be “identical to the world record car”.

Bugatti says the Super Sport “is the result of the continuous development of the classic 987bhp Veyron”, which was first launched in 2005.

Power in the Super Sport’s 8.0-litre 16-clyinder engine is up to 1184bhp and torque is increased to 1106lb ft thanks to larger turbochargers and intercoolers; the chassis has had to be extensively modified to cope with the extra power and speed.

These changes include slightly raised main spring travel, stronger stabilisers, and new shock absorbers.

The aerodynamics have also been tweaked to improve efficiency. The front air intakes are now larger and reshaped while at the rear there is a new double diffuser and central exhaust system.

Production of the model will start in the autumn and will be limited to just 40 units. Bugatti has had orders for 260 of the Veyron’s 300-unit production run and Super Sport models will account for the remainder of its production.

The first five Super Sport units will be known as the World Record Edition and are finished in the same exposed carbon and orange livery used for the successful record attempt. All five have already been sold.

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19 August 2010

what a sinister lookin car

19 August 2010

Is it coincidence that the production car is limited to 258mph , 1mph

faster than the previous SSC Ultimate aero's 257mph ?

Can it still claim the 267.91mph record when NONE of the

production cars can do this speed ?

19 August 2010

The very definition of 'pointless'.

19 August 2010

[quote Lesia44]The very definition of 'pointless'.[/quote]


Pointless maybe, but come on Autocar - this isn't news, the Veyron SuperSport has been known about for some time - not to mention featured on a certain well known Sunday night comedy show...

19 August 2010

[quote Mark Tisshaw]But ... this is the production version of the Veyron Super Sport that set the record.[/quote]

Does that mean that Veyron can't make claim to the production car record at 267.91mph because the production car can "only" do 258mph?

Must be quite amazing driving the car at those speeds, but what really impressed me was how undramatic it was. It seemed very very stable.


19 August 2010

[quote Symanski]

Does that mean that Veyron can't make claim to the production car record at 267.91mph because the production car can "only" do 258mph?

[/quote]

My thoughts exactly. . . until the production car runs at 258mph, I wouldn't have thought

they can claim the "production" car speed record.

Could be worse though,

Imagine BMW setting the record at 260 something, then announcing the

production car limited to 155mph . . . .

19 August 2010

Certainly does Mark, after all you won't see one in Tesco's car park on a Saturday, will you?

Peter Cavellini.

19 August 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]

Certainly does Mark, after all you won't see one in Tesco's car park on a Saturday, will you?

[/quote]

I did once! Obviously not a SuperSports, but an 'ordinary' Verywrong, with gold-plated wheels and doors, in a Tesco car park on a Saturday!

19 August 2010

Autocar is reporting about this now? Its been a few weeks on already hasn't it?

19 August 2010

[quote drivedrivedrive]

Imagine BMW setting the record at 260 something, then announcing the

production car limited to 155mph . . . .

[/quote]

Sounds about right for the M5 :-)

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