Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport achieved a new landspeed world record for production cars. The special-edition model broke a new landspeed world record hitting a top speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) on the proving grounds of the Volkswagen Group at Ehra-Lessien (nearby its headquarters at Wolfsburg) in front of representatives from the German Technical Inspection Agency (TUV) and the Guinness Book of Records.
The Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was piloted by Bugatti's official test-driver, Pierre Henri Raphanel, who returned two runs – one at 265.3 mph and one at 269.6 mph. The folks at TUV and Guinness took the average of both times, which came in at 268 mph.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport gets increased horsepower from 1,001-hp to 1,200-hp with a maximum torque of 1,106 lb-ft. This unit is mated to a seven-speed twin clutch gearbox. Secondly, there are a few other minor changes such as a newly developed aerodynamic kit, a redesigned chassis and an all-carbon fiber body structure.
The first five production Super Sports will sport the same black and orange finish as the record car and all production models will be electronically limited to 257.9 mph to protect the tires.
The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport will appear for the first time in public in California at the Pebble Beach Concours weekend in mid-August and will be featured at The Quail, Monterey Historic Races at Laguna Seca and on the concept lawn of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
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