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Drive the world’s fastest cars of the past six decades

Drive the world's fastest cars of the past six decades

engine W16, 7993cc, full alloy, DOHC per bank, four turbochargers, electronic fuel injection Flow 987 hp at 4200 rpm Couple 922lb ft at 2200rpm Gerabox 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, 4WD 0-62mph 2.5sec top speed 253mph New price £925,000 (£1,469,640)

2010s

Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, 304mph

In August 2019, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ reached 304.77 mph. The £3.1 million car has yet to get European type-approval, but forgive us for this minor offense for the sake of a headline.

As a replacement for the Veyron, the Chiron had strengthened the engine’s interior and the four turbochargers were enlarged, resulting in an output of 1479 horsepower. The 300+ went even further, boosting to 1,578 horsepower, and a 9.8-inch longer rear end with a narrower wing that put it just above the triple-ton.

You know I’m going to tell you this ‘stock’ Chiron feels fast. I make three rolling starts from 30 mph, the rear wheels scramble a bit, clipping 250 mph each time before having to brake hard for corners. Objectively speaking, engaging all four turbos is so much easier than in the Veyron, with a stratospheric improvement in low-speed performance.