Bugatti will now sell you the world's fastest production car. But there's a hitch.
The "very special edition" Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ — based on a modified Chiron that topped out at 304.773 mph in an August speed run at Volkswagen's test track with driver Andy Wallace at the wheel — will be electronically limited to a mere 273.4 mph. It still costs $3.87 million, and just 30 examples will be built.
The production car — essentially unchanged from the world-record version — was presented this week as a highlight of of carmaker's founding 110 years ago in Molsheim (then located in Germany, but now in France) by the legendary Ettore Bugatti. The brand is currently owned by the Volkswagen Group.
"With the Super Sport 300+ we pay homage not just to our glorious history with its numerous speed records but also to the performance of the entire record-breaking team," President of Bugatti Stephan Winkelmann said in a statement.
"[The Super Sport 300+] is a testimony to Bugatti's technical refinement, masterly workmanship and enormous attention to detail."
With the Super Sport 300+, Bugatti took the Chiron and optimized the bodywork for more slippery aerodynamics. These include a longer rear end, a modified tailpipe, and strategically placed vents that reduce the drag, enabling it achieve stunning velocities. The record-setting top-speed is a a substantial bump up from the run-of-the-mill Chiron, which maxes out at an electronically-constrained 261 mph.
Deliveries of the hypercar car, with its jet-black carbon fiber chassis, should commence mid-2021.
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