Racing aficionados have often coveted the vehicles they see competing in NASCAR and Formula One, wondering what it would feel like to tear around a circular track at upwards of 100 mph. Well, if you have the financial muscle to part with a mere $2,426,904, you can not only realize that dream, but exceed it. That’s what would come with the purchase of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which might be the fastest street legal car in the world. Only 40 of these vehicles were produced (after 250 or so original Bugatti Veyrons), and with that sort of price tag it would take a super-rich speedster to even afford a test drive. But if you’re looking for a driving experience unlike any other, this is the vehicle to seek out.
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport boasts 1,200 horsepower and a whopping 1,100 pound-feet of torque. All of that muscle gets you a top speed of 204 mph. To put that in perspective, if you managed to hit that speed and then looked down at the speedometer for a second to check it out, you’d miss almost 300 feet of the road. While your brain struggles to process that sort of velocity, you could actually squeeze an additional 54 mph or so out of the vehicle before the digital speed limit would cut you down. But be careful how long you hang out at those upper limits. After a mere ten minutes of driving at that pace you’ll completely drain the 26-gallon gas tank, and in another five minutes you’ll have to swap out all four tires.
The Super Sport also offers a few adjustments on the Bugatti Veyrons that have been in the market for the past few years. The manufacturer has improved the shock tuning and included stiffer sway bars. Both body motion and turning seem to be improved. The carbon-composite disc breaks are also incredibly impressive, allowing you to drop nearly 100 mph in seconds. The body has been further streamlined, which helped the Super Sport achieve the land speed world record of 268 mph. Of course, this isn’t a vehicle you’re going to fiddle with that often. Even getting under the hood can take as long as a half hour, with dozens of fasteners securing the shell in place against any serious G-forces.
Yet with a bit of research you will be able to talk details with anyone, even professional racing teams. The extra power and output the Super Sport has over its predecessors is due to four turbos in the rear, each one a full 10% larger than the originals. Add that to the 16-cylinder warp drive, increased fuel pressure, and two additional in-tank fuel pumps, and you’ve got some serious output capabilities. It also boasts a dual-clutch with seven speeds, and that seventh gear has been enlarged to help out a touch with gas mileage.
But owning this vehicle has nothing at all to do with gas mileage, or even improved handling. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is a showpiece, something the uber wealthy can pull out of the garage everyone once in a while strictly for the shock and awe factor. Put it through its paces, and your passenger may be more terrified than inspired. The car is noisy and tough to drive. It’s not like you’ll be hopping onto http://timer.onlineclock.net/ to track your speeds. By the time you could navigate there, you’d already be at your destination. And probably out of gas.