Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Barely Fits Into McDonald’s Drive Thru


Just like eating out regularly at McDonald’s, cars are getting fatter. Especially if you need to cram a W16 engine, complete with four turbochargers. Add to that the all-wheel drive mix, 100 liter (26.4 gallon) fuel tank, and 420 mm front and 400 mm disc brakes at the front and 400 mm rear, you begin to understand why the Bugatti Chiron is so wide. Not just any engine from Molsheim, but the new Super Sport without the plus at the end of the name.

Carwow’s Mat Watson tackled what was supposed to be one of the most difficult “tracks” for the Chiron SS – the challenging Drive Thru. He’s not alone in trying to steer the long-tailed beast through the narrow lane of McDrive somewhere in France. The charismatic YouTuber received instructions from none other than Andy Wallace, a Bugatti test driver.

What would normally take a few seconds in a regular car turns out to be a stressful experience lasting a few minutes. This is very understandable as the Chiron Super Sport has an impressive width of 2,183 millimeters (nearly 86 inches) if you include the side mirrors. The fact that it has some of the fattest tires ever fitted on a production car doesn’t help either, measuring 285/30 R20 up front and beefy 355/25 R21 at the rear axle.

As with other high-performance engines, it has a nose lift system for higher ground clearance. This gives the Chiron SS 125 mm of ground clearance at the front and rear, which is a lot more than when ducking in top speed mode at 80 mm at the front and 89 mm at the rear. Breaking one of those magnesium wheels isn’t for the faint hearted as we believe it’s expensive to repair.

The fact that the stand is so low makes it quite difficult to order at McDonald’s Drive Thru as you are far from the microphone. Mat actually opens the door and goes to the microphone – talking about first world issues… The black beauty made it out alive with no scratches on the wheels or body, but it took a while.

It’s likely the 1,578-horsepower engine is drinking a lot of fuel considering the sixteen-cylinder giant needs between 17.1 to 40.3 liters/100 kilometers depending on how it’s driven. In the United States, the EPA has rated the Super Sport at a measly eight miles per gallon in the city.

While this time stuck in first gear, the Chiron SS can do 273 mph (440 km/h) in seventh gear on the Autobahn section or an unrestricted race track as long as it has a long straight.


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