Customer deliveries of high-speed Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ commence

The first of thirty examples have rolled off the Molsheim production line ready for their lucky owners

The Chiron has always been a ‘big numbers’ car: 1478bhp, 8 litres, 16 cylinders, £2.5million… we could go on. Yet unlike its Veyron predecessor, the Chiron was missing one key figure: a record-breaking top speed. In September 2019 though, Bugatti proved its worth by breaking the 300mph barrier with the Super Sport 300+, and two years on, first customer cars are finally ready for delivery.

After an extensive two-year testing and development programme following the record run, the first eight of thirty production examples have rolled out of the firm’s Molsheim production facility. Christophe Piochon, Managing Director of Production and Logistics at Bugatti said: ‘We are excited to deliver the first eight units of this record-setting pioneer to our customers, and for them to experience the sheer sensation of speed behind the wheel.’

Bugatti’s hesitation to let the Chiron run unrestricted was curious to many, but it was due to the lack of a production tyre able to carry the speeds it’s capable of. And it now looks like the company’s patience paid off, as the Chiron not only beat the Veyron Super Sport’s 267mph, but put an enormous gap between it and the current car by reaching 304.7mph. It also trounces the 277.87mph set by the current holder of the fastest production car record, the Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Although the 300mph-spec record car isn’t homologated for the road, the production car will still hit an impressive 275mph. Sitting alongside the special-edition Divo, La Voiture Noire and Centodieci, it will be priced at €3.5million (approximately £3million), sport the same bodywork as the record car and get an extra 100bhp over a standard Chiron. Don’t send the cheque just yet, though, as all 30 are already accounted for.

The model’s all-carbonfibre bodywork is longer than the standard Chiron’s, with an extended rear overhang and tail in a similar vein to that seen on the McLaren Speedtail. The hydraulically actuated rear wing maintains its position relevant to the rear axle, though, meaning the trailing edge of the bodywork is fixed, with a redesigned lower diffuser and vertically stacked exhaust outlets helping clean the airflow. 

The nose is also new, and features a deeper splitter, a wider grille and more heavily raked headlight openings. There are also nine small portholes drilled into each of the front wings, likely reducing air pressure in the wheelarches to keep the front axle on the ground. 

This specific Chiron also features a variation on the Veyron Super Sport’s carbonfibre and orange livery, alluding to the fact that this car is a record-breaker. Though it wasn’t a road-legal, production model that broke the 300mph barrier, leaving that accolade up for grabs, the Chiron finally had the opportunity to make full use of its quite spectacular capability.

> Bugatti Bolide makes debut at The Quail – 1578bhp hypercar to enter production

Recommended

The one-off Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 57 is the world’s greatest automotive gift
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 57 One of One
News

The one-off Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 57 is the world’s greatest automotive gift

Inspired by the iconic Type 57 SC Atlantic of the 1930s, Bugatti has created this one-off Chiron Super Sport as a rather special birthday present
7 Dec 2023
New Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Golden Era revealed
Bugatti Chiron Golden Era – front
News

New Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Golden Era revealed

Bugatti describes its latest one-off Chiron as its ‘most challenging ever bespoke project’
10 Aug 2023

Most Popular

Driving MST’s stunning Mk1 Ford Escort recreation – car pictures of the week
MST Mk1 Ford Escort – front
Features

Driving MST’s stunning Mk1 Ford Escort recreation – car pictures of the week

In the latest issue of evo, we get behind the wheel of the glorious MST Mk1 – here are some of our favourite shots…
18 Feb 2024
Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1 – four-wheel-drive hatches go head-to-head
Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1
Group tests

Toyota GR Yaris v Audi S1 – four-wheel-drive hatches go head-to-head

They’re two dinky performance cars with startlingly similar recipes, but how does the decade-old Audi S1 compare to today’s much-hyped Toyota GR Yaris…
17 Feb 2024
Alpine A290 prototype review – first taste of the electric hot hatch
Alpine A290 prototype
Reviews

Alpine A290 prototype review – first taste of the electric hot hatch

evo drives Alpine’s highly anticipated hot hatch in prototype-form as it concludes cold-weather testing in Sweden
22 Feb 2024