We all knew this was coming: Bugatti has just announced that the 300-mph Chiron Super Sport 300+ will be put into production.
It's been a week since Bugatti revealed their record-breaking prototype Chiron hypercar. We've all had a chance to settle into the new era where production vehicles can now travel faster than 300 mph. It's a strange new world we live in.
Well, almost. At the time of their announcement, Bugatti hadn't said that the prototype Chiron would find its way into production, but we all knew it was coming. After all, plenty of cars can travel faster than 300 mph when you give them a rocket engine and put them on the Bonneville Salt Flats--the 300 mph thing is only noteworthy if it's accomplished by a car that plans to be publicly available for purchase.
And it will be. Last weekend at a gala dinner hosted by The Grand Tour to celebrated Bugatti's 110th anniversary, Stephan Winkelman announced that their record-breaking car will go into limited production.
Called the Chiron Super Sport 300+, it will feature all the same modifications as the prototype minus the roll cage and stripped-out interior. It will be 9.8-inches longer than the usual Chiron (earning it the unofficial nickname of "Chiron Longtail") and will have aero improvements such as a fixed rear spoiler that's recessed into the rear assembly.
It will also feature a lower, laser-controlled ride height and stacked exhaust pipes derived from the Centodieci.
Under the hood is the Centodieci's engine, that being the same 8.0-L quad-turbo W16 motor but tuned to make 1,578 hp. A 7-speed DCT and all-wheel-drive remain the same as the regular Chiron.
Production will be limited to 30 units, and according to Motor1, one was already sold at the dinner. Autoblog reports that more were sold before dessert was served and that Winkelman himself said, "They will be gone in the blink of an eye."
One other thing: just as with the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport that broke a world record back in 2010, the Chiron Super Sport will be electronically limited to be somewhat slower than the 304-mph prototype. Motor1 reports that the maximum speed of the Super Sport will be limited to 273.4 mph.