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Has The Bugatti Chiron Already Exceeded 261 MPH?

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A new video of the Bugatti Chiron’s speed record shows the speedometer reaching 273 mph.

Amid the barrage of car reveals at Frankfurt, Bugatti managed to get the Chiron back in the spotlight with an incredible new speed record demonstrating its extraordinary acceleration and stopping power. Driven by former Formula One racer Juan Pablo Montoya, the Chiron accelerated from 0-249 mph and back to a standstill in just 41.96 seconds, setting a new world record. Bugatti has now released a video documenting the Chiron's speed record – and it may not have been the only record it broke.

While watching the Chiron rocket down the stretch of road at 249 mph is undeniably exhilarating, it's the end of the video that has us intrigued. First spotted by Road and Track, the video concludes with a close-up of the Chiron's speedometer reaching 440 km/h, which is 273 mph, followed by a "to be continued" message hinting that more records are about to be shattered.

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Currently, the Chiron is limited to 261 mph. If Bugatti has already managed to get the Chiron up to 273 mph with the limiter lifted, that would make it the fastest production car in the world, beating the Veyron SuperSport's current top speed record of 268 mph. However, Bugatti has previously said it won't be attempting a new outright speed record in the Chiron until next year, so this could well be a red herring teasing the car's future potential. Let's hope we find out about the Chiron's untapped potential sooner rather than later.