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Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Debuts in Monterey

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On: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:52PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport Debuts in Monterey

A little over a month ago, on July Fourth weekend, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport broke the world record for fastest production car with a speed over 267 mph. This weekend at the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, Califonia, Bugatti officially debuted its victorious warrior in front of a crowd of media and car aficionados.

For its debut, the Bugatti shed the black and flourescent orange look that it had worn for the track and showed up in a stunning, glimmering blue carbon fiber paint job. Under that eye-capturing paint, Bugatti has upgraded the "standard" Veyron 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine by boosting the size of the four turbochargers and intercoolers.  These tunes have added 200 horsepower to the world-record-holding variant. The engine is mated to a twin-clutch seven-speed gearbox. Final specs come in at 1,200 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque.

In order to handle those extra horses and the 15 extra mph they deliver, Bugatti strengthened the chassis of the car. Modifications include new shock absorbers and stronger stabilizers. Bugatti also added some slight aerodynamic enhancements to the body. The engine pulls its air in from two NACA ducts in the roof, rather than traditional hood scoops.

In addition to the world famous top speed, the Veyron Super Sport delivers some pretty incredible acceleration numbers. Forget 0 to 60 (or 62); the Super Sport rockets to 100 mph in just 4.8 seconds. If your goal is to hit 100 and slow to a stop, you can do that in just 9.2 seconds. 200 mph comes in 17.4 seconds, with the accompanying stop following in 8.2 seconds.

Bugatti will begin production on the limited edition Veyron Super Sport this fall. The first five models, which have already been sold, will be called the World Record Edition and will feature the same black-and-orange look that the record-breaking model wore. Other models will be available with painted bodies or with clear-lacquered exposed carbon fiber. Those two models will retail for $2.1 and $2.4 million respectively. Unfortunately for those that want to try their hand at a world-record-breaking run of their own, Bugatti will limit the top speed electronically to 258 mph in order to protect the tires.

The supercar set the world speed record on July 3 at Volkswagen's Ehra-Lessien track in Germany. Bugatti driver Pierre Henri Raphanel made a run of 267.81 mph, with German and Guiness Book of World Records officials on hand to witness it. The run beat the previous record holder--the SSC Ultimate Aero TT--by about 12 mph.

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