There is little doubt that the new Bugatti Chrion will be faster than its predecessor, the 267.8-mph Veyron Super Sport. While the Veyron Super Sport's 16-cylinder, quad-turbo motor produces 1184 horsepower, the Chiron has a difficult-to-comprehend 1500 horsepower to play with. It doesn't take an engineer to figure out that the car with nearly 300 more horsepower will probably be faster, but we won't know that officially for some time.
That's because the Chrion will be electronically limited to 261 mph, and according to Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer, the company won't attempt to test its unrestricted top speed until 2018. Dürheimer revealed this in that includes a lap of the Nürburgring in a Chiron.
"We are absolutely sure that we are going to beat our old best mark, and break into new dimensions" said Dürheimer. "We will do our next high speed test officially with the Guinness Book of World Records in 2018."
Until then, we can only speculate on the Chiron's top speed. We know for certain that its speedometer goes up to 500 km/h (310 mph!), and we've heard rumors of 280 mph . Certainly 270 mph seems like a distinct possibility, even if it's hard to imagine traveling that quickly on the ground.
We'll just have to wait until 2018 to find out.