Bugatti Chiron was the fastest car in the world with a speed of 261 mph or 420 km/h at one point. With a few strong contenders breathing down their neck (Rimac Concept Two being the closest), the company decided to break their own record. In fact, they went a step further and decided to achieve a long-chased dream of a car hitting a speed of more than 300 mph or 482.803 km/h. So, to answer your question, “What car is faster than a Bugatti?” It is an upgraded version named Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.
Modifications for the fastest Bugatti car
They added these upgrades to the base Chiron car:
- The engine was upgraded to a quad-turbo, W-16 8.0 liter Centodieci engine.
- Its horsepower rose by 99, becoming rated at 1,578 horsepower.
- Its gearbox was upgraded with longer gear ratios.
- The car’s length was increased by 10 inches to improve aerodynamics.
With those upgrades, on August 2, 2019, Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, with Andy Wallace behind the wheel, broke the speed record with a speed of 304.773 mph or 490.484 km/h. The record was validated by the Guinness World Records. Bugatti released only 30 cars in the World Record Edition limited production series afterward.
Cars that can achieve a higher speed than Bugatti
First, an honorable mention. Hennessey Venom F5 managed to reach a speed of 301 mph or 484 km/h and was pretty close. Now, for the cars that managed to beat Bugatti in speed.
A 5,007 horsepower, 12,300 ccs, 81 mm Quad Turbo 12.3 Litre V16 engine supercar, Devel Sixteen, was debuted at the Dubai Motor Show in November 2017. The track-only model of the car can reportedly reach a maximum speed of 350 mph or 560 km/h! Street-legal models of the car will be reportedly sold in versions with 2000 horsepower and 3000 horsepower and V8 engines.
In March 2020, the company presented Koenigsegg Jesko Absolut. Although there are still no official numbers about 0-100 km/h and 0-60 mph acceleration, BBC Top Gear and other sources claim that the prototypes managed to reach a speed of 330 mph or 531 km/h. The vehicle is supposed to be the world’s fastest street-legal car. The company claims an output of 1195 kW or 1600 bhp using a twin turbo-charged E85 engine with a 9-speed, multi-clutch transmission.
OK. OK. We know. The car is from the same brand. Although not yet released, the company is already working on an even faster model, Bugatti Pur Sport. They claim the acceleration was reduced to 2.3 sec for 0-100 km/h, 0-200 km/h in 5.5 seconds, and 0-300 km/h in under 12 seconds. They haven’t revealed an official maximum speed number, and only stated it will reach “in excess of 300 mph”. With a proven track record, they have a strong chance of breaking their record again.
And there you have it, these vehicles can reach a top speed higher than Bugatti in existence. Because automobile manufacturers keep teasing new car models and prototypes all the time, we’ll try and keep you updated on any new contenders.