It is truly an irony as well as a paradox that the luxury carmaker that makes the most expensive hyper cars in the world, Bugatti, is little known outside of the real car fanatics’ circle. They revolutionized the way we think about high performance hyper cars with the release of their Veyron in 2006. Then it had a whopping 1,050 horsepower engine, which was utterly mind blowing at the time. They tweaked and smoothed the Veyron’s design ever so subtly and when they felt that that design language was spent, released the Chiron in March of 2016, based on the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept. By definition, it is a mid-engine, two seater sports car and this is about the most boring detail about the car.
The car carries over the same engine from the Veyron but writing it off because of this fact would be incredibly myopic because the engine has been redesigned. The 8 liter W16 engine has been turbocharged meaning it now has a power output of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound/ft2 of torque. Like its predecessor, the Veyron, it has a carbon fibre body structure, independent suspension and a Haldex AWD system. The carbon fibre body has a stiffness of 50,000 Nm per degree.
The Chiron’s acceleration numbers have been put at 0-60mph in 2.4 seconds (according to Bugatti), double that in 6.5 seconds and 190mph in 13.6 seconds. In a world-record-setting test, Chiron reached 400 km/h (250 mph) in 32.6 seconds, after which it needed 9.4 seconds to brake to standstill.
Finally, The Chiron’s top speed is reportedly electronically limited to 420 km/h (261 mph) for safety reasons. The anticipated full top speed of the Bugatti Chiron is believed to be around 463 km/h (288 mph). Picture that: the car is so fast that they had to limit how fast it could go!
We’ve spent a lot of time yapping about the internal and the electronics of the vehicle, but what is it like to look at, touch, and indeed drive? Well reviewers have gushed about the sweeping curves on the sides, with the “C” shaped sides mimicking a part of the signature of the man the vehicle was named after, while serving an aerodynamic function as well. They have had a field day talking about the interior as well. Each material screaming luxury from the top of its lungs, there’s a healthy dosage of leather, alloy materials, suede and even carbon fiber in the cabin.
The Chiron starts at $2.6 million meaning even some rich people cannot afford it. But for those than can, they still have to contend with limited availability because only about 500 units are planned to be assembled by Bugatti.