At the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti unveiled the successor to the Veyron, the Chiron. This new model is the most powerful production vehicle and hopes to be the fastest production vehicle as well.
Under the carbon fiber skin lies a quad-turbo 8.0L W16 engine producing 1,480 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. The Chiron gets larger turbos and what Bugatti is two-stage” turbocharging. Leaving the line, two of the four turbochargers are working. Above 3,800 rpm, all four turbos are working. Bugatti says this arrangement eliminates turbo lag and provides a linear power band. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission features one of the largest clutches ever fitted to a passenger vehicle. Power goes to all four wheels via a new all-wheel drive system
Enough about the engine, give me the performance figures!
- 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph): Under 2.5 seconds
- 0 – 200 km/h (124 mph): Under 6.5 seconds
- 0 – 300 km/h (186 mph): Under 13.6 seconds
- Top Speed: 261 mph (limited for road use), 236 mph (with the rear wing up)
Those with keen eyes will notice that the Chiron's top speed does beat the original Veyron, but not the Super Sport which recorded a top speed of 267.8 mph. That is because Bugatti has limited the Chiron's top speed for road use. Bugatti is keeping quiet on how fast the Chiron will go when the limiter is taken off.
Is there anything else that we should know about the Chiron?
The Chiron gets a carbon fiber monocoque chassis that has a similar torsional rigidity to an LMP1 race car. An adaptive suspension has five different settings allowing a driver to set the Chiron up for a leisurely drive or perform a top speed run. Large carbon-ceramic brakes help bring Chiron to a stop. From 100 km/h to 0, the Chiron stops in 103 feet.
The exterior looks for the most part like the Veyron aside from the back which looks like some influence from Lamborghini came into play. Inside, the Chiron is very elegant with leather wrapping most of the interior. Seats can either be upholstered in leather or alcantara.
Bugatti is planning on only building 500 Chirons and already a third of the total production has been sold. As for the price, it will set you back a cool $2.6 million.