Many people believe the Bugatti Chiron can achieve a top speed of about 300 miles per hour (482 kilometers per hour). At this point, no one can really prove that, as the vehicle is electronically governed to 261 mph (420 kph) from the factory. And, unfortunately, a new record top speed for a production vehicle is not a high priority for the French automaker.
Its CEO, Stefan Winkelmann, believes the supercar is capable of reaching much more than what is currently possible.
“I think it could easily go 440 kph or 450 kph (273-280 mph),” he told CarAdvice during the Monterey Car Week in California. However, “we’ve not made the test. If you do it then it’s not something that needs to be done only once, but all the cars need to be built in a certain way.”
According to Winkelmann, the recently launched Bugatti gives a better idea of what Bugatti wants to focus on – handling and track times instead of pure top speed. As a reminder, thanks to its upgraded aerodynamic package, the Divo has a significantly lower top speed than the Chiron – 236 mph (380 kph) versus 261 mph (420 kph).