This is the new Bugatti Chiron, the worlds fastest and most powerful production car to date.
The numbers are quite staggering, it’s powered by an extensively redeveloped version of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16, which produces what is claimed to be the highest figure yet extracted from a production car: 1500 metric horsepower (or 1480bhp). That is 500 more than the Bugatti Veyron at its launch in 2005!
Bugatti has once again limited the Chiron to a production run of just 500 cars and it’ll take $2.6 million in spare change to secure one. Bugatti says it already has an order bank of 150 cars, or $390 million in fresh cashflow.
The Chiron runs up to a limited top speed of 261 miles per hour. The limiter’s there primarily for reasons of tyre durability. That actually makes it a touch slower than the Veyron Super Sport’s record V-max of 267mph, but the maths say the Chiron could top 285-287mph or so with the limiter removed. However, Bugatti isn’t quoting an official unrestricted top speed for the time being.
With the Veyron already at the limits of longitudinal acceleration, Bugatti says only that the Chiron will crunch through to 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, though the 0-62-mph sprint is less relevant to hypercars than it used to be. Perhaps more frightening is that it will burst from 0-124 mph in less than 6.5 seconds. Or that it rips from 0-186 mph in 13.5 seconds, a full three seconds quicker than the original Veyron.
The Chiron is named after Bugatti’s most famous racing driver, Louis Chiron, who raced for the marque in the 1920s and 1930s and was the official starter of the Monaco Grand Prix into the late 1970s.
DD Classics have a range of Supercars for sale that will scratch that automotive itch until the Bugatti Chiron’s official launch, including two Ferrari Enzo’s, a Ferrari F40 and a exceptionally rare Isdera Imperator.
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