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.
Is Bugatti Working On More Hardcore Chiron Than The Divo?
Because the Divo just isn’t hardcore enough…
Despite sharing most of its parts with the Chiron, the that, unlike the Chiron, can actually handle well on a race track. Well, Bugatti thinks it can do better than the Divo.
The reportedly received word from sources familiar with the matter that the companyis planning an even more extreme Chiron, one possibly wearing the ‘Super Sport’ badge. Sketches of the car were supposedly shown to VIP customers at the Divo’s unveiling.
Described as “a beauty of speed” and a “ground-to-ground Missile”, the super duper Chiron is claimed to be powered by the same 8.0L quad-turbo W16 engine found under the hood of both the Chiron and Divo, but its output will pass 1,500 horsepower mark.
It will be produced in extremely limited numbers — 20 to 40 units are planned — much like the Divo.
Bugatti hasn’t confirmed anything, but if the report is accurate, we’ll see the more hardcore Chiron at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
A Bugatti SUV Seems More Likely By The Day
Bugatti seems to really want an SUV.
Less than two months after hinting at the possibility of its first-ever SUV, Bugatti hits the news wave with yet more hints.
At the 2018 Paris Motor Show, company CEO Stephan Winkelmann told that his team is discussing a range of chassis and engine variants and an SUV that fits with the brand’s billionaire target audience. He also alluded to the fact that its trademark W-16 engine won’t be around forever.
Bugatti is not impervious to industry trends and will likely introduce a hybrid powertrain at some point, one that could potentiality be used by the new SUV.
“The brand is ready for more,” Winkelmann said. While there will be no expansion to the lineup if it is not economically viable, is there really anything hotter on the market than SUVs and crossovers?
An SUV with Bugatti’s brand image and engineering pedigree surely cannot fail, especially when considering it will be targeted at ridiculously wealthy individuals with a bottomless pit of money.
How Does The Idea Of A Bugatti SUV Sound?
The SUV-crossover segment might be too lucrative to ignore.
Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann has hinted that the brand is ready for a second model, and it could be an SUV.
During the reveal of the Bugatti Divo (pictured) at Pebble Beach 2018, Winkelmann revealed to that Bugatti is ready to expand its lineup, stating “It’s clear that if we do something different from a super-sports car like the Chiron, then it would not be enough just to be in love with one type of car.”
When asked if the second Bugatti would be a sedan or an SUV, he replied “We would look at every bodystyle and regional demand and not put our money into something that is fading.”
As you probably know, the SUV and crossover segments are anything but fading and are, in fact, growing perceptibly at the expense of all other segments, especially four door sedans. So Winkelmann stating that Bugatti is not interested in participating in a “fading” segment suggests that a Bugatti SUV is at least under consideration.
If Bugatti is truly working on an SUV, how do you want it to turn out? Let us know in the comments below.
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