There’s no driving the Super Sports sideways on public roads, it’s just too good for that and the only time the four-wheel-drive system feels even questioned is when all four turbos come on song at about 5000 rpm and the engine does its best to melt all four tires simultaneously as the 1,184 hp kick in. No, the Veyron is simply about owning the road; knowing for sure that nothing can come close, on two wheels or four.
The new car can take 1.45 g of cornering force now, thanks to the suspension tweaks and weight saving measures that reduce the curb weight to 4,150 pounds. It’s not much, 120 pounds less than the old car, but then again, every pound helps. So as I plough into a corner that would leave a lesser car on its roof in the roadside ditch, the Veyron SS just turns in. There’s no kick through the wheel, no nervous moments at the rear, it just crushes the bend.
This isn’t just a tuned Veyron with an additional 200 hp either. It’s a ground-up rethink of the world’s most complete hypercar and it’s even kinder on fuelslightly.
There is a new aero setup, including the extended rear cowl over the exposed engine bay, NACA ducts in the roof that cut out the bubble-top vents, and a new front end treatment to get more air to the 10 main radiators. Under the skin, the car gets four bigger turbos; revised cooling to cope with the W16, quad-turbocharged furnace mounted in the middle; a new exhaust and trick suspension with a bypass valve that improves the ride quality on high-frequency bumps. Even the monocoque is revised with a lighter, more expensive variety of carbon fiber.
And that shape is still unique, this is a total rethink of the supercar genre and the Veyron remains as fresh as the day VW first unleashed it upon the world in 2005. It is still the apex predator, the great white shark of the automotive world, it was VW’s Formula One project for the public road and SSC simply cannot steal its thunder.
The only criticism, if we can call it that, is that when the original Veyron went on sale, the customers thought they had bought a landmark car. And now it isn’t: Bugatti has beaten itself into second place by finding room to improve on perfection.
But many owners fixed the issue for themselves with an order for the new car and they should rest assured that, this time, it simply cannot get better.
From the hip
V12 power, excellent chassis feedback, leather surrounds
You could buy several Panameras and a few Caymans for the price
Bugatti Veyron SS
Longitudinal mid engine, all-wheel drive,
8.0-litre, quad-turbocharged W16
Seven-speed DSG, Haldex clutch w/ transverse diff lock
Double wishbone front and rear
Eight-piston calipers w/ 400mm rotors (f), six-piston calipers w/ 380mm rotors (r)
Peak Power: 1200 hp @ 6400 rpm
Peak Torque: 1016 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
0-62 mph: 2.5 sec.
Top Speed: 257 mph