The Bugatti Veyron, first model of the “new,” Volkswagen/Piech-controlled supercar maker, begat the Bugatti Chiron in 2016, and since then, because super/ultra/hyper cars are very expensive to design, engineer and manufacture, Bugatti has been spinning off new and exciting model variants. Not that the original 2016 Chiron wasn’t exciting enough, it went 261 mph on pump gas right out of the box. But Bugatti had to do something new and exciting to keep the world’s bazillioniares interested in buying more Bugs.

Thus, behold the Chiron Super Sport, the fourth Bugatti to carry the name and the seventh Chiron model variant in the current Chiron lineage. The very first Super Sport debuted at the Paris Motor Show in 1931 based on the Type 55 and combined motorsports technology with grand touring comfort for a then-remarkable top speed of 112 mph. The next Super Sport was in the Romano Artioli era and was based on the EB 110. With four turbochargers blowing a V12 engine, that model hit 218 mph. The Veyron also got a Super Sport, with 1,184 hp and a top speed of 267 mph.

Now we have the Chiron Super Sport, which combines a longer, more aerodynamically efficient body with a 1,578-hp W16 to blast through the traps at 273 mph. Granted, that is less than the 304.7-mph Andy Wallace got in the 300+ model Chiron, but this one is more comfortable to daily drive. How?

First, the body. It had to be slippery enough to keep drag at a minimum while producing enough downforce to keep the car from taking off as it neared top speed.

“Our aim was to give the vehicle a neutral setup at its top speed while also giving it as streamlined a shape as possible,” said deputy design director Frank Heyl.

The tendency for a moving body as it approaches 273 mph is to fly, which is good for airplanes but bad for cars. So the body of the Chiron Super Sport “generates massive downforce to counter this uplift and perfectly balance the forces,” Bugatti says.

One way they did this was to make the body longer, about ten inches longer in this case, to better keep the laminar airflow attached to the body. And it is a smooth-looking body. If you add a big wing on the back you get downforce but you also create drag, so designers employed a larger diffuser cross section under the car.

Then, vehicle weight was reduced more than 50 pounds, which also helps.

Engineers increased the redline 300 rpm up to 7,100 revs and modified the turbos, oil pump and cylinder heads to get almost 100 hp more out of the 8.0-liter W16 for a peak output of 1,578 hp and 1,180 lb ft of torque.

The result is that 273 mph top speed, or 12 mph more than the “base” Chiron.

But the Super Sport isn’t just about performance.

“With Chiron Super Sport we are once again following our long-standing tradition of combining top speed with absolute luxury,” said Bugatti president Stephan Winkelmann. “…It is the essence of what we learned and developed in recent years, the ultimate grand tourer.”

So inside you will find what Bugatti calls a perfect blend of leather, polished aluminum and carbon fiber.

“This is an interior perfectly suited to high-speed continental trips,” Bugatti said.

Something we would be happy to do, should they need any Super Sports delivered across any continents. Bugatti, we stand ready to serve, or drive, whatever it takes.

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