After many teases and spy shots, the Bugatti Chiron has officially been revealed and is ready to succeed the Veyron as the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive sports car money can buy.
To say that the Chiron has big shoes to fill would be an understatement. Fortunately, it seems to fill those shoes with relative ease as the first-ever production car to deliver 1,500 horsepower — 50 percent more than the original Veyron!
Breathing under its hood is a massive 8.0-liter W16 engine with four large, two-stage turbochargers that help produce no less than 1,181 lb-ft. (1,600 Nm) of torque all the way from 2,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm, in addition to the aforementioned 1,500 ponies.
The Chiron accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 2.5 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in under 6.5 seconds and to 186 mph (300 km/h) in a mere 13.5 seconds, making it marginally faster than the Veyron.
Top speed is capped at 261 mph (420 km/h) “for road use,” though Bugatti will presumably push that figure higher to achieve a new top-speed record. The Veyron currently holds a Guinness World Record with a 267.8 mph (430.98 km/h) run.
Visually, the Chiron is strongly inspired by the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo Concept, featuring narrower headlamps than the Veyron’s, as well as a lower fascia dominated by stacked grilles and ducts. The sleeker roof is distinguished by a ridge-like center line that spans the length of the car, while the rear end has an open design with central exhaust outlets.
Even though the French hypercar is a few inches longer, taller and a little wider than its predecessor and 341 pounds (155 kilograms) heavier at a rather hefty 4,398 pounds (1,995 kilograms), it has a lower drag coefficient and should deliver better performance in every way imaginable. Its bigger dimensions also grant in more interior room for both driver and passenger.
Production is limited to only 500 units, each costing €2.4 million ($2.61 million). Bugatti has already received more than 150 orders, so you better act fast if you want one.
Does the Bugatti Chiron look like a worthy successor to the Veyron? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Bugatti Chiron Sets Arbitrary 0-249-0 MPH World Record
Surprise, surprise, or maybe not — the Bugatti Chiron has set a world record by being the fastest car to accelerate from 0 to 249 mph (400 km/h) and then back to a standstill, doing so in only 41.96 seconds.
Driven by IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya, the 1,500 horsepower hypercar needed only 32.6 seconds to reach 249 mph before being brought to a dead stop. When Montoya pressed firmly on the brakes, the rear wing moved up to an angle of 49 degrees to form an air brake that helped with deceleration.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, stated:
“Bugatti is the first car brand that not only calculates how fast a car can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer. We actually drove it. Where others are satisfied with theory, we validate our data with real-life values. Just like we did with the Chiron.”
Juan Pablo Montoya travelled faster than 400 km/h 17 times during the world record trail period. Are you impressed?
Bugatti Chiron Hypercar Hits 236MPH at Le Mans
The biggest highlights at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans were no doubt Toyota’s heartbreaking loss and Ford’s return to victory lane 50 years after its GT40 defeated Ferrari. However, the Bugatti Chiron also made a stir… just a bit.
Before the start of the 24 Hour race, Bugatti took part in a parade lap with the Chiron. Rather than taking it easy on the pedal, driver and Bugatti head Wolfgang Dürheimer floored it, warping the monster of a performance machine to 236mph (380 km/h).
That’s a very impressive feat considering that the fastest race car taking part in the 24 Hour race had a top speed of 213mph (343 km/h).
“For Bugatti, there is scarcely a better venue in France for a dynamic presentation of the Chiron than Le Mans. We feel very close ties to this circuit, where the brand once celebrated sensational racing successes. It is therefore a great honour and pleasure for us to be here. With this presentation we are connecting a successful past with a successful present and would also like to send our greetings to the many fans of Bugatti in France and throughout the world.”
As a reminder, the Bugatti Chiron replaces the venerable Veyron. It is powered by a 8.0-liter W16 engine fitted with four large, two-stage turbochargers and produces 1,500 horsepower and 1,181 lb-ft. (1,600 Nm) of torque from 2,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm.
It can sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in less than 2.5 seconds, to 124 mph (200 km/h) in under 6.5 seconds, and to 186 mph (300 km/h) in a mere 13.5 seconds.
The French hypercar’s top speed is electronically-limited to 261 mph (420 km/h) for road use, so we imagine it can go faster than the Veyron’s Guinness World Record of 267.8 mph (430.98 km/h).
Only 500 units of the Bugatti Chiron will be bade, each with a starting price of €2.4 million.
Bugatti Chiron Has 1,500-hp V16, 290 MPH Top Speed?
A wealthy car collector who was lucky enough to be given an early preview of the Bugatti Chiron has provided Czech car magazine ProDriver with some official performance details, revealing that the French hypercar packs a 1,500-horsepower V16 powerplant and has a top speed of 290 mph (467 km/h).
Despite being powered by the Veyron’s 16-cylinder engine, which has been significantly updated in this application, the Chiron produces 300-hp more than its predecessor and a whopping 1,100 lb-ft. of torque, enough power to make anyone’s head spin.
Bugatti’s engineers will replace the V16 with a gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain about halfway through the car’s production run.
That unbelievable output, combined with a lighter body courtesy of the extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, allows it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a ridiculous, neck-breaking 2.2 seconds before reaching the aforementioned 290 mph top speed.
If the is accurate, the Chiron will be the fastest car in the world when it hits road and track.
Only 500 units of the Bugatti Chiron will be built over a five-year period, 130 of which have already been spoken for by customers all over the world. How much did they spend, you ask? Approximately €2 million, which converts to approximately $2.2 million (more than your house).
What do you think about those performance figures?