2011 Bugatti Veryon SS is a hypercar.
Car Price: $2,250,880
In the realm of supercars, there are those that take you by the seat of your pants and toss you around for a wild ride. Those are pretty fun – who are we kidding, those are still awesome – but then you have a completely different animal that grabs you by the soul and shakes you from the inside out. These cars, often dubbed hyper cars, are not pretty and they’re not necessarily comfortable, but rather they are functional bodies wrapped around massive amounts of power with a few seats to plop down those hind sides brave enough to sit in them.
One of the kings of the hyper car world in recent years has been the Bugatti Veyron 16.4. It was already powerful as is, but Bugatti wanted more and created the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, smashing the world record for fastest production vehicle (at the time).
This 2011 Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is the ultimate cult car, if your cult consists of folks boasting multi-billion dollar bank accounts and an unscratchable itch to drive the most bad ass cars. But exactly how bad ass is this cult car? We’ll take a closer look and let you know exactly what we think of it with a full review.
To start, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport’s skin is 100 percent carbon-fiber, in an attempt to keep it as light as possible. It also boasts a full carbon-fiber monocoque design for a little added rigidity in the corners and extra strength should you find yourself in a wreck.
As we said about these so-called “Hyper cars,” they are not built to win supermodel contests, that’s for sure. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is no exception to this rule. The family of artists that put this car’s design together chose a very flat profile, which allows the air to swoop over the hood and roof with as little resistance as possible, 0.39 drag coefficient to be exact. With this type of design comes a very short and stubby hood with massive flanks on each side of it to channel air flow up and over its shallow-raked windshield.
The front fascia is disturbingly angled and looks as if it would act almost like an airflow battering ram, but the engineers managed to work in the chrome-outlined Bugatti horseshoe grille and the side air intake vents in a way that made efficient use of this flatter-than-usual front end without adding excessive drag. At the base of the front fascia sits a lower lip spoiler that yanks the front end downward under high speed.
As the airflow shoots over the hood and windshield then down the Bugatti’s extremely long and slow-descending rooftop, some of it is quickly diverted into a pair of air-intake vents that feed the beast behind the seats. The roof then just seems to extend endlessly until it finally comes to an end by either being used for extra down-force by automatic rear spoiler and dumped over the Bugatti’s rounded backside.
Speaking of the backside, the Bugatti’s rump is a particularly interesting addition to this hyper car, as it actually shows a little style and flair. And why not; most people will be staring at this beast from the backside anyways. Its thin center high-mounted stoplight is flanked by a pair of dual taillights. Beneath the taillights, you get a pair of cooling vents to help keep the beast beneath alive and well. At the base of the fascia, you get a pair of massive exhaust exits that simply round out the entire package.
The backside also gives a great glimpse of the massive rear-wheel flares that keep the large rubber-wrapped rims secured beneath the body. At the front of these massive wells lay cavernous air-intake vents that feed air to the engine and provide a little extra cooling power to the rear brakes. As you proceed back toward the front of this machine, you will also notice that hidden behind the rear wheel is a small heat extractor to cool off those front brakes too.
In terms of colors, you have only a handful of choices. The first color choice is Dark Blue Tinted, which is just as its name alludes to: it is a solid royal blue that really gives the Veyron a mysterious look. What’s more, down the car’s shoulder, you get a thick line of silver that wraps around the backside, giving it a sick contrast. The next color option is dark blue tinted with carbon white silver. The entire car is draped in the dark blue tint color from before, but Bugatti will add in white silver to the doors, the rear air intake, and the front fender. The next hue option is white silver, which is essentially a pure white with a slight tint of silver added to the mix. This color isn’t as impressive as the others, but it certainly adds a little more elegance to the body. The final color option is the World Record Edition, which was only used on the first five Veyron Super Sports built. This model boasts a lacquer coating over the Bugatti’s carbon-fiber skin with highlights of bright orange on its front fascia, ground effect, engine viewing area, roof intakes, and the wheels. While we don’t have official confirmation, we are pretty certain that the World Record Edition scheme is completely sold out. If you really want a custom look, you can pay an extra $428,000 and get a 10-percent-clear lacquer coating, leaving the carbon fiber shell exposed for the world to see.
One thing that people likely don’t realize until seeing and driving the Veyron 16.4 is that it’s a massive automobile. We’re not talking about your sleek Lamborghinis, Ferraris, and Lotuses; we’re talking about a car that weighs in at about 4,052 lbs – roughly 110 lbs less than the all-aluminum Veyron 16.4 – and measures 175.7 inches long x 78.7 inches wide x 45.6 inches long. Yeah, it’s a big boy, but this extra girth and weight gives this hyper car a very grounded feeling, which we’ll get into in a bit.
As a whole unit, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport’s body isn’t overly elegant, but it has a functional elegance about it. Bugatti took great care to make sure it is not confused with any other car, giving it a unique shape that not many carmakers would even think of using on a car like this.