Renowned for their sleek lines, exceptional speeds, and strong reputation, both Lamborghini and Bugatti lead the way for producing high-powered sports cars capable of reaching industry-leading speeds.
In short, Bugatti’s are faster than Lamborghini’s. Lamborghini’s fastest car to date is the Veneno model, reaching speeds of up to 221mph, however, this is trumped by two Bugatti models – the Chiron Super Sport, at a world-record-breaking 304.77mph, and the Veyron Super Sport at 267.86mph.
But this just refers to a two-way run that yields an average speed. Bugatti is built to achieve astronomical speeds on straight roads, rather than twists and turns, whereas Lamborghini takes into account a mixture of both speed and agility.
What is the fastest Lamborghini?
The fastest road-legal Lamborghini is the Veneno roadster, with top speeds of 221mph and a 0-60 acceleration time of an astonishing 2.9 seconds.
First produced in 2013 and again developed in 2015, the Veneno has a price tag of $4,500,000, with only 13 of the models currently in circulation.
Lamborghini, while developing the Veneno, wanted ultimate agility, response, and outright power. It’s not built for straight-line drag racing, given the Veneno Roadster’s lightweight pays dividends in braking, cornering, and steering feedback, and the faster you go the more you sense the difference.
The technology behind the car guarantees mind-blowing performance. The rear of the car has been optimized for maximum speed, using Pirelli P Zero tires with twenty-inch wheels at the front and twenty-two-inch wheels at the back.
The huge amount of power stems from the 6.5-L V12 engine, with an enlarged air intake (allowing higher revs), a modified exhaust system, and 4 sizable exhaust pipes with a splitter running through the middle. Large vents were fitted to cool the engine, with the exterior components all made with carbon fiber.
With a power-weight ratio of 4.38, the car also features a racing chassis with integrated push-rod suspension and damper units.
What is the fastest Bugatti?
Bugatti’s fastest road-legal car is the Chiron Super Sport, named after car racing legend Louis Alexandre Chiron.
Priced at roughly $2,700,000, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport was unveiled in 2016 as a limited edition product, with only 500 units available; a third of which were already taken even before it was officially revealed at the Geneva Motor Show.
To ensure optimal speeds, Bugatti has adopted state-of-the-art weight-saving measures for the Chiron. Firstly, the rear end of the car is made from carbon fiber, with even the airbags sitting in a carbon fiber housing.
Unlike its competitors, the Bugatti Chiron is powered by pure gasoline power. With an engine capable of producing 1500 horsepower, it features 32 fuel injectors, as well as four larger turbos, working together to deliver maximum torque from 2000 to 6000rpm.
Impressively, the Chiron also has the largest clutch ever fitted to a passenger car – a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. On top of this, it features a brand new titanium exhaust system.
Which make is better?
This depends on your desires and driving style. On a race track, a Lamborghini would reasonably be expected to win, however in terms of straight-line speed, Bugatti takes the edge every time.
Take the fearsome Nurburgring circuit for example; the fastest lap ever recorded was by a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ in 6:44.97s, with the bronze going to a Lamborghini Huracan Performante at a lap time of 6:52:01s.
But it’s not just about speeds. Bugatti drivers are drawn in by its smooth steering performance and interiors and exterior designs.
In terms of power, Bugatti’s surpass Lamborghini’s. The Lamborghini Aventador, which has top speeds of 220mph, has around 70 percent of Veyron’s power-to-weight ratio.
For longer journeys, vehicle handling becomes more important than reaching triple-figure speeds. The Buggati Veyron steers well, and its seven-speed gearbox allows for easy, smooth handling. In the Lamborghini Aventador, steering is also light with smooth turning, although with every gearshift its V-12 engine powerfully thrusts you forwards.
In terms of ground clearance, the Lamborghini Aventador has 100 mm and is ahead of Bugatti by 10 mm. Both have sufficient ground clearance for most terrains, although the former is more suitable for bumpier surfaces.
For engine performance, the Bugatti Veyron surpasses the Lamborghini Aventador, with the former’s engine displacement of 7993, in contrast to 6498.
To conclude, while both Bugatti’s and Lamborghini’s are incredibly powerful, fast, and luxurious, Bugatti’s do take the lead overall, based on its impressive speed, performance, and capability.