Bugatti Unveils 268-mph Veyron 16.4 Super Sports in Monterey

Does it get any better than owning a Bugatti Veyron 16.4? It does now.

Yesterday at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering - a distinguished car show on the rarified greens of Quail Lodge Golf Course - Bugatti publically unveiled its new Veyron 16.4 Super Sport for the first time. Yes, the same car that reset the land speed record for a production car at 267.855 mph last month. And that's even verified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

So what's so special? Besides the top speed (which is limited to 258 in normal trim), what sets the Super Sport head and shoulders above the more plebian Veyrons? It's got 1200 horsepower and 1106 pound-feet of torque, to start. Not many street-legal cars can give you those kind of sheer bragging rights. Lateral acceleration is claimed to be an eyeball-sucking 1.4g. The monocoque is constructed entirely from carbon fiber for reduced weight and the carbon body panels are more aerodynamic, with twin race-derived NACA ducts carved into the roof, new front air intakes, and a double diffuser exhaust system.

The first five Veyron 16.4 Super Sport models off the line will be World Record Edition variants, with the same black and orange livery as the record-setting car. According to Bugatti, 20 Super Sports have already been ordered as of today. The cost? Opt for the optional naked carbon fiber bodywork, and you'll owe Bugatti a full 1.95 million euros before taxes (that's a whopping $2.48 million). Makes sense then, that Bugatti would choose to showcase such a car at The Quail. Admission tickets to the attendance-limited event are $400 per person for an afternoon's entertainment and sell out within days of being offered.

The Super Sport made its grand entrance at The Quail behind roughly 20 vintage Bugatti models.

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