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.