Bugatti was caught lying, but in a good way. Before you call Molsheim and cancel your Chiron Super Sport order, you might want to know that its W16 will likely deliver more power than advertised. That’s exactly what happened with this fine example of a “French” hypercar, which was recently installed in a newly built dyno. The 8.0 liter engine with four turbochargers is pushed to the maximum, producing a colossal 1,618.6 PS at the crank.
That makes 1,595.8 horsepower, so let’s round it up to a cool 1,596 hp. Looking at the official spec sheet provided by Bugatti shows the Chiron Super Sport has 1,600 PS or 1,577 hp. Doing the math, its sixteen-cylinder engine makes an extra 19 hp above the manufacturer’s claims. The hypercar with its massive ICE heart delivers that much power at 338 km/h (210 mph), which is a moderate speed if you consider the Super Sport electronically regulated at 440 km/h (273 mph).
If you are curious about the torque figure, this number is also above the official figure given by Bugatti when it launched the Chiron Super Sport. Back in June 2021 when the mid-engined beast debuted, we were told the W16 had 1,180 pound-feet (1,600 Newton-meters) on tap. However, dyno tests show the engine produces 1,228 lb-ft (1,665 Nm), so an additional 48 lb-ft (65 Nm) of the OEM rating.
Long sold out, the Chiron SS (without the “+” at the end of its name) was offered for €3.2 million before option. Like other derivatives of the Bugatti hypercar, it represents the epitome of the internal combustion engine. Good old ICE is having its days, but it won’t go out without a saying.
The W16 will remain in production for the foreseeable future given that customer deliveries of the track-only Bolide won’t start until 2024. In fact, Stephan Winkelmann strongly suggests the 8.0-liter monster will remain available throughout the decade. . This likely means the Chiron successor will retain the largest combustion engine in the industry. Fingers crossed.