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Well, it seems that Bugatti has decided to bring out the new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport long before its official debut at the Pebble Beach Concours weekend in mid-August. And not only did they unveil official details on it, but the supercar has already entered the Guinness Book of Records with an average top speed of 431 km/h (267 mph). The new model will go into production in the fall of 2010, and the first five units will be sold as limited "World Record Editions." They will feature a special black exposed carbon and orange finish, and yes, they are already sold out!
The new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport comes with four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers that have been used to boost the power of the 16-cylinder engine to a total of 1200 HP, the chassis has been extensively redesigned to maintain safety at extreme speeds - thanks to a slightly raised main-spring travel, stronger stabilizers, and new shock absorbers with a complex architecture originally developed for racing cars.
UPDATE 08/11/2011: Chris Harris from the British magazine, Evo, had the chance to get behind the wheel of the new Veyron Super Sport, testing the 0 to 60 mph sprint time. Hit the jump to see if he got the same time proposed by Bugatti.
Hit the jump for more details on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport.Needless to say, the most impressive feature of the new Veyron Super Sport lies under its hood. The standard Veyron is considered one of the fastest vehicles on the planet, but things change quickly and Bugatti has to keep changing it up to keep up with the ever-growing group of high speed machines.
For that, Bugatti engineers have used four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers in order to boost the power of the 16-cylinder engine. The result is an output of 1200 HP and a peak torque of 1106 lbs-ft. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is being made in 2.5 seconds, and the top speed has already been recorded at an impressive 267 mph. That being said, Bugatti announced a top speed of 257 mph for their supercar, and this is the version customers ended up getting when they placed their order (this decision has been made in order to protect the tires).In order to keep all that power under control, Bugatti set up an extensively redesigned chassis to maintain safety at extreme speed - thanks to a slightly raised main-spring travel, stronger stabilizers, and new shock absorbers with a complex architecture originally developed for racing cars. This gives noticeably more precise control of the wheels and the car as a whole. With lateral acceleration of up to 1.4 G, improved interaction between the tires, and the intelligent all-wheel drive system, the Super Sport offers perfect handling and even more powerful acceleration of 1,500 NM on corner exits.Okay, lets face it, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is a very expensive car. This car may have been built for speed, but other than the very few people that will actually get to test it to its limits, it is just for show. Of course, if you like speed, but don't want to spend over $2 million on a car, a good alternative is the SSC Tuatara. This car has been specially developed to break the Veyron Super Sport's world record, but besides that, it also has a great and elegant appearance. SSC announced the car will be powered by a quad-cam, twin-turbo V8 engine with an output of 1350HP. It will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds, while top speed has been announced to 275 mph. Better yet, it is priced at just under $1 million.
Touring Superleggera and Gumpert have chosen the 2011 Geneva Motor Show stage for the world premiere of the Gumpert Tornante. Touring Superleggera provided the design and body engineering while Gumpert will take care of manufacturing and sales of the next model, complementing the Gumpert range as of 2012. The Tornante is showcased at the stage of 1:1 static style model in the best Italian tradition.
Gumpert have gained a reputation for their impressive street legal racing cars. They addressed Touring Superleggera with a call for elegance, more passengers and luggage space, improved comfort, access and ventilation, and noise reduction. However, the fundamentals of performance and dynamic properties had to be respected without compromise.
At Touring, designers and body engineers started then a process of creative elimination to define the true essentials of all the parameters involved, limiting unnecessary weight and volume. The result is still a thoroughbred, just a few grades more civilized, with some extra skills for an enjoyable voyage. It is called a Fast Tourer. However, let there be no misunderstanding about its intentions.
When selecting the partner for the new model's body design, Gumpert recognised that elegance is part of the genetic code of Touring Superleggera's creations. Even more remarkably, the paradigm of elegance was applied by Touring to the race cars too. This distinctive approach was at the basis of many masterpieces, like the 1940 Mille Miglia winner BMW 328 Berlinetta, the Ferrari 166 and 340 and the inspiring Alfa Romeo 8C2900. They all were redoubtable race machines with singular grace.