A Bugatti went 305 miles per hour. That’s a record
Soon, you’ll be able to purchase a vehicle (Bugatti Chiron) that can travel more than 300 miles an hour, assuming you can find a safe place to do that.
Not long after announcing that the modified prototype of its Bugatti Chiron was almost 305 miles an hour on the test path, Bugatti informed some of its finest clients that it would create a comparable version of the vehicle for them to purchase. Bugatti claims it’s the first auto manufacturer to create a vehicle that’s over 300 miles per hour.
Only 30 of these cars will be made and the price, considering that this is a record-setting Bugatti, is surprisingly low. The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ will cost only $3.9 million. That’s less than $1 million more than the normal Bugatti Chiron, costing about $3.2 million. It’s also much less than some of Bugatti’s recent limited edition models, like the Divo, which costs $6 million, and the Centodieci, which goes for $9 million.
Only 10 of the Centodieci will be made. There’s also La Voiture Noire, of which only one will ever be made for a cost of $19 million, including taxes, making it the most expensive new car ever sold.
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The 16-cylinder engine in the Super Sport 300+, though mainly the same as the one in the Chiron, is designed to generate 1,600 horsepower, 100 more than the base vehicle. (It’s worth noting that these are European horsepower measurements. Horsepower figures, as calculated in the US, are slightly lower.)
In order to optimize aerodynamics, the Super Sport 300 + has a body longer than the standard Chiron. The exhaust pipes have also been repositioned to improve air flow past the back of the car.
As unveiled, the car’s black color isn’t paint but visible carbon fiber except for the bright orange stripes. Customers, though, can get the vehicle in any color they like. These 30 road cars won’t be precisely the same as the Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace was driving on the test path when the vehicle reached 305 miles an hour. For one thing, they will have two seats instead of one, and they won’t have the full crash-protecting roll cage Wallace’s car had.