November 8, 2017
Courtesy of Forbes: Not long after Bugatti’s new Chiron set an official world record for the quickest time for a production car to accelerate to 400 kph and then brake back to a dead stop (41.96 seconds), another supercar set another world record, one that Bugatti had held for years.
On an 11-mile stretch of straight public road near Las Vegas, NV, the Koenigsegg Agera RS averaged 277.9 mph for two runs up and down the highway, breaking Bugatti’s 267.8 mph average set in 2010 with the Veyron Super Sport. What the Chiron hasn’t done yet, however, is try the same stunt that the tiny Swedish carmaker has just pulled off. According to Bugatti, that Chiron test will happen next year at Volkswagen’s secretive Ehra Lessien test track in Wolfsburg, Germany.
The battle of the supercars has just become more interesting. Odds are that the Chiron will top the Koenigsegg. The 16-cylinder, 1,500-horsepower Chiron, governed, has a top speed of 261 mph. Ungoverned, though, the machine is rumored to be capable of a mind-blowing 288 mph.