The Bugatti brand has quiet a legacy - from aeroplane racing to building the fastest car on the planet, it is considered to be one of the greatest automobile brands that ever existed. The makers of the Veyron 16.4 have a new car up their sleeve - say hello to the 1500 hp Bugatti Chiron.
The Bugatti Chiron is named in honour of Monegasque (Monaco) race car driver Louis Chiron, who had won most of his Grand Prix in a Bugatti. The Chiron, as Bugatti calls it, is the “ultimate, quintessential super sports car”.
You probably have noticed the strong lines that Bugatti borrowed into this car from the Veyron. The huge air vents, including the large C-shaped side vents are all a part of the aerodynamic elements of this car. The car does look beautiful - the sharp headlamps and the single strip of break light in the rear give the Chiron a stronger design than the Veyron.
As much as the Chiron is about design, it rules the road in terms of sheer power. The 1500 hp W16 engine is not just a beast, it is an engineering feat. “No stone will be unturned and everything gets optimised to the edge”, said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President Bugatti Automobile, to The Verge during an interview. Indeed, Bugatti says this car pushes the limits of physics by optimising the best - the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 - to produce this car in every possible manner. The two-stage quad turbochargers paired with a masterpiece of an engine propels the Chiron to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, 200 km/h in 6.5 seconds and 300 km/h in 13.6 seconds. The speed is capped at 420 km/h for the road, although racetrack speeds are said to top out at 463 km/h, which is faster than the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport (world record holder).
Now, this car isn’t for everyone. Those 500 people who will own a prestigious Bugatti Chiron will shell out a unsurprisingly whopping €2.4 million (or $2.6 million). The deposit amount itself will buy you a Lamborghini Huracàn. Bugatti reports already 170 cars of the 500 have been sold. In fact, this car is going to have quiet a waiting list: just the carbon fibre of each car takes 500 hours to laminate, and the whole car assembly takes a full 9 months - all handled by 20 engineers in a soccer-field sized room. Bugatti aims to produce 50 vehicles every year, and the car will be produced for the entire next decade. This is also the first profit-making machine for Bugatti under the Volkswagen brand.
The Bugatti Chiron is all and everything about speed. When you sit in the “cockpit" - it doesn’t deserve any other name - you have all your controls right at your fingertips. The ignition, paddle shifters and driving modes all are located right on the steering wheel for maximum control. The interior is simple yet effective; it isn’t outlandishly comfortable but is designed to deliver all the power to your soul. Agility and responsiveness are the most important aspects of this car. And the 20” front and 21” rear tyres that’ll handle the insane power of the W16 are built exclusively for the Chiron under a collaboration between Bugatti and Michelin.
The Bugatti Chiron is quiet an insane package, unmistakably Bugatti like, adding to its history of beautifully sculpted custom made automobiles.
Sources: Bugatti, The Verge, Wired
(Pictures from Bugatti on Facebook)