During the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, the luxury French carmaker Bugatti showcased yet another supercar. Inspired by Veyron’s success and based on the stunning Vision Gran Turismo concept, Chiron’s arrival shook the automotive world to the core.
Under the pronounced front bonnet, the manufacturer used a powerful 8.0 l quad-turbocharged W16 engine (middle, longitudinal positioned) with 1,479 hp (1,500 PS), paired with a 7-speed DSG transmission. The monstrous fuel consumption (typical for the brand) is as follows: 35.2 l/100 km (6.68 US mpg/8.03 UK mpg) urban, 15.2 l/100 km (15.47 US mpg/18.58 UK mpg) extra urban and 22.5 l/100 km (10.45 US mpg/12.55 UK mpg) for combined. With such numbers, it’s no wonder why the manufacturer decided to use a 100 l (26.42 US gal | 22 UK gal) fuel tank.
The estimated curb weight of the sports car is 1995 kg (4,398.22 lbs.) - thanks to the carbon fiber body. However, it's the vehicle's dimensions that give a fairly complete picture of the actual scale of the Chiron. The massive beast has a length of 4,544 mm (178.9 in.), a height of 1212 mm (47.72 in.), a width of 2,038 mm (80.2 in) and a wheelbase of 2711 mm (106.73 in.). Both front and rear suspension types are double wishbones, as well as the front/rear brakes – vented discs.
What actually gains the Chiron the reputation of a supercar is its ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds. It takes less than 6.5 seconds to jump from 0 to 200 km/h and under 13.6 seconds to go from ground zero to 300 km/h. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 420 km/h (260.98 mph). That’s due to safety measures. However, with a special key, Chiron’s driver can unlock an estimated super speed of 465 km/h (289 mph).
Like most of the cars in the company’s portfolio, Bugatti Chiron’s sales are limited to just 500 units with 200 of them sold even before the official delivery.
In 2018, again at the Geneva International Motor Show, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. released a track version of the Chiron. Called Chiron Sport, the fresh addition to the supercars’ portfolio bears almost identical to the original technical specification. The only difference is that its 18 kg lighter – thanks to a large amount of carbon fiber all over the car.
In terms of exterior and interior, Chiron’s Sport iteration comes with a bespoke feature – aerodynamic kit, torque vectoring system, special color, and high-quality cabin upholstery.
Another two limited editions, based on the Chiron, were released in the past year. The first one is the 110 Ans Bugatti – created to commemorate the company’s anniversary. Only 20 units of it are about to be produced by the end of 2019.
The second one is a one-off, called Bugatti La Voiture Noire. Named after the missing car of Jean Bugatti it’s created to celebrate Bugatti’s design history.
An interesting fact about the Chiron is that is it’s named after the famous racer – Louis Chiron.