2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
Presented by RM Sotheby’s.
The beating heart of the Bugatti Chiron is an engine of almost unfathomable power. The 8.0-litre, four-turbocharged, 16-cylinder “W-16” engine, so named for the alignment of four banks of four cylinders each, first found fame in the company’s revolutionary Veyron from Molsheim. Early examples of the historic hypercar coaxed just under 1,000 horsepower from the powertrain, and over time the engine was refined for other iterations of the model. When the Chiron arrived in 2016, the heavily revised engine produced a staggering 1,500 horsepower, some 296 more horsepower than the most powerful Veyron. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ has gone even further, drawing inspiration from the phenomenal engine and advanced aerodynamics to become the fastest Bugatti ever.
The stage was set for Bugatti to unveil its special edition Super Sport 300+ in 2019, by which time the Chiron had been in production for three years. The French marque has continued to realize the performance potential of its hypercar, pushing the boundaries beyond what many thought possible. Indeed, in September 2019, Bugatti announced that a near-production version of a highly tuned Chiron had broken the 300mph barrier, a feat never before achieved by a road car. The prototype topped out at 304.773 mph, with Bugatti test driver and former Le Mans winner Andy Wallace taking the wheel at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany.
The legacy had been laid for the Chiron Super Sport 300+. Shortly after the world record event, Bugatti announced that this extreme version of its hypercar would soon go into production, limited to just 30 examples. “No one is faster,” proclaimed a Bugatti press release, as the new model was presented to selected customers gathered to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the company steeped in tradition.
With an elongated body and advanced aerodynamics honed for low drag and high-speed stability, the Super Sport 300+ was radically different from the Chirons that had come before it. Bespoke “air curtains” were installed around the front corners of the hypercar to reduce air pressure at high speeds and guide airflow along each flank, while exits over the passages wheels reduce drag and introduce some degree of downforce. The ‘Longtail’ rear – which added 25 centimeters over a standard Chiron – aided aerodynamic flow and reduced the low-pressure area behind the car, while a smart diffuser helped compensate for the lack of a spoiler traditional rear.
The body of the limited-edition hypercar features exposed carbon fiber to help reduce weight, complemented by extremely lightweight magnesium wheels. Each of the 30 examples was finished by the Molsheim workshop in Black Carbon with Jet Orange racing stripes, with the interior – dominated by Alcantara, black carbon and leather materials – in Beluga Black style with complementary Jet Orange reflections.
Following its reveal in 2019, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ entered a two-year testing phase and Bugatti customers began receiving their first orders towards the end of 2021. Just three years after the record-breaking run of the historic hypercar, each of the 30 limited edition copies had been sold.
The example offered for sale has been part of the Gran Turismo collection from new, ordered from the London-based authorized Bugatti dealer, HR Owen. Correspondence from the Molsheim factory indicates that the initial order date is December 2019, with handover to the customer taking place in January 2022. The Bugatti has been enjoyed sparingly since; at the time of cataloging, the odometer showed only 1,416 miles.
In the world of classic cars, Bugatti has become a watchword for total performance, design quality and engineering ingenuity. From the racing Type 35 to the Art Deco masterpiece that was the Atlantic, Molsheim cars remain some of the most collectible machines ever created. The Chiron Super Sport 300+ builds on that heritage, a limited-edition beauty so technologically advanced – and with such incomprehensible performance – that it’s almost unrivaled. This example offers the chance to own nothing less than a piece of history.
This vehicle is offered in the Gran Turismo collection, presented in the next RM Sotheby’s sale in London on November 5 at Marlborough House. Learn more and register to bid online.