Although the Bugatti Chiron super sport may be one of most impressive production cars, Top Gear discovered that it is not easy to drive on a damp Nurburgring.
A few days ago, the newspaper was given the keys of a Chiron Super Sport. It is now free to use for the day. They picked it up from Bugatti’s factory in Molsheim, France and immediately crossed into Germany, heading straight for the Autobahn and then on to the Green Hell.
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The car’s engine is a 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged W16 with 1,578 horsepower and 1,180 lbft (1.600 Nm). This doesn’t just mean the Chiron Super Sport can pass 270 mph (434 km/h) – and 300 mph (483 km/h) in limited-run Super Sport 300 spec- but it can also cruise along the Autobahn at staggering speeds. Jack Rix, the editor of this magazine, reached speeds in excess of 211 mph (339km/h) when he was behind the wheel.
Top Gear arrived quickly at the Nurburgring, but it was extremely cold and wet. Rix was joined by Le Mans winner Andy Wallace and had a hard time making the most of the car’s performance, getting stuck behind a diesel BMW 3-Series due to how cold the Bugatti’s tires were. On a couple of occasions, the car’s rear stepped out when just a little too much throttle was applied.
It was impossible to force the car beyond its limit, but it is beautiful to just see the Chiron Super Sport race around the Nordschleife.