That's the 'limited top speed,' and as you'll see going faster won't be a problem.
Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann has gone record stating there are no immediate plans for either the Chiron or Divo to attempt a top speed run. At the moment, the Koenigsegg Agera RS holds the world record of 284 mph and sometime next year the Hennessey Venom F5 will make its own attempt. But not Bugatti. Winkelmann believes there are more important things for the brand to focus on instead.
Bugatti’s decision not to just go for that world record isn’t stopping this Chiron owner from trying. This guy took his Chiron to the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Merritt Island, Florida because it provided the ideal setting: a 2.7-mile straightaway previously used as a land strip for the now-retired space shuttle.
As you’ll see in this video, the Chiron had no difficulty hitting its claimed top speed of 261 mph. A quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 engine with 1,480 hp makes that possible. But what’s clear from this video is that the Chiron can exceed 261 mph if it weren’t for those OEM electronic speed limiters. Winkelmann also once said he thinks the Chiron can manage a top speed around of 280 mph, but aside from that speed limiter (which can be removed by a Bugatti technician, FYI) the main issue is the tires. At the moment they simply can’t handle much more over 261 mph.
But hey, if Koenigsegg was able to work with Michelin to create a new tire for its top speed run, then Bugatti could definitely do the same. It’s all a matter of priorities. But if you want to see what it’s like for a Bugatti Chiron to max out, from the driver’s point of view that is, then check out the video. Perhaps what’s most impressive is that the car hit that ridiculously fast speed without any drama whatsoever. It remained solid as rock the whole time.