They say you always remember your first. In this case, my first is a hypercar and it’s a doozy. It boasts an 8.0-liter engine with 16 cylinders and 4 turbochargers, a price ticket of greater than 4 million {dollars}, and a high velocity of 273 mph. Yep, my first hypercar drive is in the 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport.

The Super Sport suits in the center of the Chiron vary, although there may be nothing middle-of-the-road about it. With extra energy than the base Chiron, it’s quicker, nevertheless it doesn’t have the bonkers high velocity of the Super Sport 300+, which reached 304.773 mph. The Pur Sport is the Bugatti for dynamic dealing with, and this Super Sport capabilities extra as a grand touring automobile. You know, a 1,578-hp GT. Sounds good for a calming drive up the coast.

Approaching the automobile I’m fairly anxious. I don’t have the sort of insurance coverage that can cowl me if I $#%* up this stunning automobile. The lengthy tail means it’ll take up 10 extra inches of linear area in collectors’ palatial garages than the commonplace Chiron, nevertheless it maintains the identical width, top, and wheelbase. There is loads of carbon fiber right here, and I can not recover from the rear finish. I like the break up rear window, smooth wing, and stacked quad tailpipes. It’s a butt I need to get pleasant with.

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, photo by Emme Hall

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, picture by Emme Hall

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, photo by Emme Hall

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, picture by Emme Hall

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, photo by Emme Hall

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, picture by Emme Hall

The acquainted horse collar Bugatti grille up entrance is flanked by jeweled LED headlights with giant intakes beneath. Above the entrance fenders sit engaging air vents that include 9 holes on both sides in units of three. They harken again to the EB110 Super Sport, but in addition present high-speed stability as the automobile approaches 250 mph. 

I’m stunned the Super Sport doesn’t have millionaire doorways—you recognize, the type that open upward. It’s simple to get in to, no climbing over a large door sill is important, and as soon as in my rear suits snuggly right into a well-bolstered, if frivolously cushioned, seat.

The cabin is fairly sparse, particularly contemplating the worth. It lacks high-tech screens and gee-gaw options. Instead, 4 configurable digital dials stacked vertically on the sprint show both HVAC controls or driving information like max energy used, g-forces, and the like. A small shifter sits beneath. The flat-bottom steering wheel has audio controls and some buttons to entry info in the gauge cluster. More importantly, that is the place the drive modes are positioned, in addition to the begin button.

I take a deep breath and push that button. Immediately, a rumble fills the cabin like nothing I’ve ever heard, and heads flip to see what’s making that superb noise. It is I, queen of every thing, about to embark on the luckiest two hours of my life.

Any delusions of wringing this factor out are put to relaxation as quickly as I pull out into visitors. It’s 3:00 pm in Los Angeles and I’m in bumper-to-bumper visitors on Pacific Coast Highway. Remarkably, this hypercar isn’t begging me to go, nicely, hyperspeed. It’s completely completely happy toddling together with the movement of visitors, be it 20 mph or 55 mph. I really feel an often thunk as the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox shifts into first gear when rolling to a cease, however I by no means really feel like the automobile is begging me to tear round a Toyota Corolla, center finger prolonged yelling, “I’m in a Bugatti, suckaaaaaas!”

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Not that I’d ever carry out any overly aggressive strikes with all these automobiles round. Driving a Bugatti in visitors means retaining your senses on excessive alert. I go away a very good six toes in entrance of me at cease lights and I’m consistently taking a look at different drivers, admonishing them to remain of their lanes. At one level a bike rips by me on the shoulder, cellphone out and livestreaming to the Tok Tiks or no matter the children are utilizing at this time. I hope it was price it buddy since you gave me a little bit of a code brown. 

The Chiron Super Sport has three drive modes. I keep on with EB, the Bugatti equal of Normal mode, however there may be additionally an Autobahn mode that lowers the entrance finish and sharpens every thing for high-speed cruising, plus a Handling mode that’s greatest left to of us driving on a observe with a number of insurance coverage. 

Even in EB mode, the suspension feels impressively stiff, sufficient that I’m wondering how bone-shattering a Pur Sport could be. In the Super Sport I can really feel each pebble and discover myself avoiding even the smallest imperfection on the highway.

The Super Sport doesn’t have any superior driver aids like adaptive cruise management or lively lane management and, frankly, I’m tremendous with that. I need to drive this automobile, not be topic to the whims of some pc. However, I do want for blind-spot screens as the visibility is restricted. 

After 45 minutes or so of cruising in visitors, my babysitter, er, Bugatti consultant tells me to show off PCH and onto a curvy highway. There remains to be numerous rush hour visitors, nevertheless it offers me the likelihood to place the hammer down just a few occasions and experience all 1,180 lb-ft of torque.

Holy shit is all I’ve to say. I’ve been in loads of high-torque electrical autos and it is a fully totally different experience. It takes a scorching second for the turbos to spool up, however then the Chiron Super Sport roars to life, abandoning it’s pussycat GT demeanor and remodeling right into a imply feral tomcat that’s simply escaped the dying needle at the pound. Seemingly infinite quantities of energy rushes to the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, 355/25ZR21 in the rear, 285/30ZR20 in entrance. I instantly begin to scream/snigger as my tummy does flip flops and my thoughts tells me what an fool I’m. I’m pinned in a Bugatti, and I’m ruler of all of it!

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, photo by Emme Hall

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport, picture by Emme Hall

The Chiron Super Sport weighs in at a heavy 4,400 lb or so, however with the mighty W-16 rearward of the cabin placing all that energy right down to all 4 wheels, it hardly issues. Bugatti says the Super Sport can rocket from 0 to 62 mph in 2.4 seconds, hit 124 mph in 5.8 seconds, go to 186 mph in 12.1 seconds, and attain all the method as much as 249 mph in 28.6 seconds. It tops out at 273 mph.

I’m shortly approaching a BMW X5, so I hit the pedal to interact the giant carbon-ceramic brakes and the automobile slows confidently. I’m undecided of my high velocity, however I can let you know that after I hit the brakes and look down the speedometer says 85 mph and I’m in second gear. Close to the restrict of the automobile? Uh, no, however three or 4 seconds of thrills are higher than no thrills in any respect.

I get to keep up a little bit of velocity round some sweepers and discover the steering to be properly weighted and correct. I don’t anticipate to make any mid-corner corrections and I’m proper. That may change when on a observe, however, alas, that’s not for me to seek out out. It’s time to move again down PCH and provides the Bugatti again. 

Round-trip my drive is about 50 miles and I’m so giddy I overlook to test my gas financial system. However, the EPA offers the Bugatti an effectivity ranking of 8 mpg metropolis, 11 freeway, 9 mixed. My fast little journey probably burned six or seven gallons of gas. Further, the Chiron Super Sport runs on 93 octane, which isn’t obtainable in California or many elements of the nation. The Bugatti group had to make use of specifically bought 101 octane for my joyride. Of course, whenever you’re shopping for a automobile that begins at $3.825 million, you’re probably not fearful about gasoline costs, amirite?

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

My tester’s choices value twice as a lot as my home and embrace a $222,500 paint job, a $62,000 glass roof, $12,500 for the consolation seats—they don’t have a lot padding however are surprisingly cozy—and $2,500 for one thing known as Hidden Delights. I don’t know what they’re. They had been, apparently, very nicely hidden.

All instructed you’re taking a look at $4,301,450 for the 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport. While I definitely didn’t get to experience the automobile’s peak efficiency, I really feel fortunate that my first hypercar experience delivered a bit little bit of mayhem at the behest of my proper foot. Very fortunate certainly. 

—Emme Hall

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