The battle for the title of the world's fastest production car just went another round, bringing the belt home to Bugatti once again. The car that did it, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, will be sold in extremely limited production, but it will be capped at 415 km/h, or 257.8 mph, just over 10 mph short of the actual record speed it reached.

At 268 mph, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport's tires turn at roughly 53 revolutions per second, or about 3,180 rpm. The forces on the tread at that speed are immense, and the effect a blowout would have on the car is simply catastrophic. Limiting the top speed to 258 mph gives the tires a little more headroom for safety. The speed limitation is revealed in the car's full specs, released today.

Other key stats of the new Super Sport read nearly identical to the standard Veyron's figures, though lateral grip is improved by 0.1g to 1.4g max. Acceleration is also a bit peppier in the 1,200-horsepower Super Sport, with 62 mph arriving in 2.5 seconds, 124 mph in 7.3 seconds, and 187 mph in 16.7 seconds.

Fuel consumption is equally brisk, drinking down 6.3 mpg around town and 16.2 mpg on the highway for a Euro combined cycle of 10.2 mpg. But between the $38,000 tires and $21,000 service appointments, the cost of fuel will be the least of the owner's worries.

Check out page two for the full list of stats on the new Super Sport, but bring your metric-to-American conversion chart.


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Technical Specifications
Length 4 462 mm
Top speed 415 km/h
Width 1 998 mm

Acceleration 2.5 sec 0-100 km/h
7.3 sec 0-200 km/h
16.7 sec 0-300 km/h
Lateral acceleration 1.4 g
Braking distance 31.4 m 100-0 km/h
Gearbox 7 Gear DSG

Height (normal position) 1 190 mm
Wheelbase 2 710 mm
Curb weight 1 838 kg
Max. permitted laden weight 2 200 kg
Tank capacity 100 l

Motor Type/Number of Cylinders
37.2 l
Extra-Urban 14.5 l
23.1 l

Cylinder capacity 7 993 cm
Compression ratio 9:1
CO 2 EMISSION In town 867 g/km
Stroke 86 mm Extra-Urban 348 g/km
Combined 539 g/km
Fuel type Super lead free 98 RON/ROZ

Drive Allwheels Power distribution Front axle differential with Haldex clutch
Rear axle with transverse differential lock

Wheel suspension Double wishbone front/rear
Max. weight per axle 990/1210 front/rear (kg)
Tyres, front 265-280 ZR 500A (99Y)
Tyres, rear 365-710 ZR 540A (108Y)

Cw-VALUE Standard 0.39
Handling 0.42
Topspeed 0.36

STANDARD For town traffic and speeds of up to 180 km/h. From
180 km/h, automatic configuration switches from Standard
to Handling (Flaps in front diffusers open)
HANDLING For open roads and highways or manually selectable for race tracks
(Flaps in front diffusers open)
TOPSPEED For very high-speed driving (over 375 km/h), manually
selectable with separate key. (Flaps in front diffusers

Brake disc diameter
400 mm front
380 mm rear
Brake disc material front/rear Carbon/Ceramics front/rear
Number of wheel brake cylinders 8 front
6 rear
Number of brake pads
4 front
2 rear