Back in 2010 when Bugatti first unveiled the limited edition Veyron Super Sport, its 1,200 HP and 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque made it the fastest production car in the world, for a relatively brief period of time.
The automaker even had to limit the Super Sport’s top speed to “just” 415 km/h (258 mph) for safety reasons, although a high-speed test run revealed that it could average 431.07 km/h (268 mph), achieved at the VW Group’s proving grounds at Ehra-Lessien.
With the Chiron, while Bugatti has yet to max it out (early estimates have it at 420 km/h / 260 mph), we can still tell you that its new 8.0-liter W16 engine produces 1,500 HP and 1,600 Nm (1,180 lb-ft) of torque, giving it a clear advantage over its predecessor.
During a recent Driving Force Club (DFC) event, the two ultimate Bugattis lined up next to each other and had themselves two straight line brawls, both from a standstill.
It’s worth mentioning that for the Chiron, Bugatti developed a two-stage turbocharging system meant to take away any hint of lag, while its clutch is said to be the “largest, high-performance clutch ever” in a passenger car.
In the end, you should really like the Chiron’s chances against the Veyron SS, although the latter is obviously more than capable of putting up a good fight.