Chiron

The crown of the world’s fastest car has passed to a new Bugatti. All hail Chiron.

How do you overtake the fastest car in the world? That’s the question Bugatti engineers have been wrestling with ever since the Veyron passed out of production and into legend. Their answer has now been revealed; Chiron, a 1500HP Bugatti that takes every superlative in the book and leaves them swirling in its slipstream. For once, awesome is the only word.

Overview

Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti describes the new Chiron as the world’s fastest, most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car. That’s quite a claim, but no exaggeration. The new Chiron boasts 1500HP from its heavily revised 8.0-litre turbocharged W16 engine and is limited – yes, limited – to a top speed of 260mph, or 420km/h. We expect to read of a new production car world record with a specially de-restricted Chiron in due course.

In design terms, the blend of ‘beauty and beast’ that characterised Veyron has been heavily tweaked in favour of ‘beast’; the Chiron’s all-new carbon fibre monocoque has a more aggressive look without losing the curves that are a distinctive marque signature. Active aerodynamics help keep the Chiron hunkered down to the tarmac at four miles a minute; a bank of eight flat full-LED projector headlamps give the front an air of predatory menace; and the new rear-end treatment gives visual prominence to a vast underbody diffuser.

Dr Ferdinand Piëch’s original brief for the Veyron, Chiron’s predecessor, was for a Bugatti that could top 250mph yet be docile enough to convey driver and partner to the opera. So Chiron had to be both faster and more agile than Veyron without losing the civilised luxury that is part of the Bugatti DNA. Task accomplished: inside the Chiron’s cockpit Bugatti’s curvaceous design ethos is translated into soft, supple leather, beautifully-laid carbon-fibre with just the right degree of gloss and jewel-like instrumentation. A long, elegant and curving illuminated C-bar separates driver and passenger. Meanwhile the high performance sound system renders that visit to the opera redundant – you can enjoy orchestra pit sound quality without leaving the cockpit.

Only 500 examples of the Chiron will be made, at a cost of €2.4million net. Such is the status of this remarkable car that advance orders for a third of the production have already been received.

Technology

Bugatti Chiron

Chiron’s 8.0-litre W16 engine has been heavily revised and now features Bugatti’s innovative two-stage turbocharging via four large turbochargers, for a maximum power output of 1500HP. The peak torque of 1600Nm is developed from 2000rpm to 6000rpm for rocket-sled levels of acceleration at the flex of a foot. 0-100km/h (62mph) takes just 2.5 seconds.

Bugatti’s first-ever adaptive chassis offers five different driving modes: Transport Mode (for raising the ride height on speed bumps or when loading), EB "Auto", Autobahn, Handling and Top Speed. The latter mode, for speeds over 380 km/h (236mph), requires the use of a second ignition key 'The Speed Key'.

Harnessing that power is a new carbon fibre monocoque offering levels of rigidity previously only found in LMP1 prototype endurance racers. Other features include a newly-designed adaptive chassis and tyres developed especially for Bugatti. The carbon ceramic brake discs are lighter and more powerful, being made from carbon silicon carbide (CSiC). As a result Chiron is not simply faster than the Veyron, it’s also more agile and rewarding to drive. In the words of Bugatti President Wolfgang Dürheimer, "Bugatti has tested the limits of physics. There is no area where we have not achieved significant improvements." Chiron takes the best and makes it better.

Specification

  • Top Speed420 KM/h

  • 0-60 MPH2.5s

  • Max Power1500 BHP

  • Engine Size7993 CC

  • Torque1600Nm

Bugatti Chiron
Dimensions
Vehicle length 4544 mm
Vehicle width (including mirrors) 2162 mm
Height (normal setting) 1212 mm
Wheelbase 2711 mm
Weight
Weight 1995 kg (DIN empty)
Engine
Engine / cylinders / valves W16
Fuel Capacity 100 l
Max torque @ engine speed 1,600 Nm (2,000 to 6,000 rpm)
Power output @ engine speed 1,103 kW / 1,500 HP at 6,700 rpm
Performance
Top speed 420 km/h / 261 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph 2.5 sec
Fuel Consumption
Urban TBC
Extra urban TBC
Combined consumption / range 1 TBC
CO2 emissions (combined) TBC

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