2018 Bugatti Chiron
Horsepower @ RPM:1479
Torque @ RPM:1180
0-60 time:2.5 sec.
Top Speed:261 mph (Est.)
Bugatti’s new hypercar is ready to make you forget about the Veyron
The 21st century has brought us many fantastic supercars, but when it comes to performance, there’s one to rule them all. I’m talking about the Bugatti Veyron. It was discontinued in 2015 after 450 units were built over 10 years, during which time, it reigned as the fastest street-legal production car in the world. The Veyron Super Sport achieved 257.87 mph in 2010, a Guinness World Record that has survived to this day. This will change soon, however, as Bugatti has just unveiled a brand-new hypecar to replace the Veyron.
Improving an already incredible supercar that has a 1,184-horsepower W-16 engine and can hit close to 260 mph without a speed limiter is a daunting mission, but Bugatti somehow managed to best the Veyron. Not surprisingly, the car has been named after Louis Chiron, Bugatti’s factory driver in the European Championship in the early 1930s. He was one of the fastest drivers in the pre-Formula One racing era and previously inspired Bugatti to name the 1999 18/3 Chiron Concept after him. It’s been 17 years since that concept, but Chiron’s name now adorns what will become one of the greatest supercars in history.
The Bugatti Chiron made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and the Molsheim-based brand claims it will shatter several record. “It is part of human nature to cross boundaries and set new records – to run 100 m faster than ever before, to fly even further into space and to enter new realms. This striving is also our driving force at Bugatti,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles. “The Chiron is the result of our efforts to make the best even better.”
Keep reading to find out what makes the Bugatti Chiron special and sets it apart from its already spectacular predecessor.
Updated 11/11/2016: Bugatti dropped a new video featuring its latest supercar. The new video features some endurance tests in the scorching heat of Death Valley and other American deserts.
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If 3D-Printed Car Parts Scare You, Check Out What Bugatti Does to Test 3D-Printed Brake Calipers!
Additive manufacturing, known more popularly as 3D printing, is a novel manufacturing technique that’s captured the imagination of the car industry, promising a long list of benefits for both automakers and consumers. But of course, as is the case for any new technology, there are always questions over safety - but rest assured, Bugatti is rigorous when it comes to testing, as evidenced in this four-and-a-half minute video.
Bah, Humbug: Bugatti’s Gone Cold on Doing a Top Speed Run for The Chiron
The world has been waiting two years for the Bugatti Chiron to post a top speed run. We’ve been teased about it before, but now it looks all that teasing will be for naught. Bugatti has now closed the door on a top speed run for the Chiron. Word of the company’s decision on the issue comes straight from the mouth of CEO Stephen Winkelmann, who said that a top speed run isn’t in any of Bugatti’s priorities at the moment. Whether that position holds true or changes remains to be seen, but if you’re looking for a threat to the Koenigsegg Agera RS’ world record top speed of 277.8 mph, that conversation, at least for now, starts and ends with the Hennessey Venom F5. Bugatti’s not joining that party, much to the dismay of everyone.
This 4x4 Bugatti Chiron Looks Impressively Attractive
The Bugatti Chiron 4x4 SUV thing is live. Well, at least in Rain Prisk’s mind. That guy, with his imagination going wild, created a fantastic rendering of the Bugatti Chiron with massive off-road tires, body claddings, underbody protection, and a roof rack.
If you are some kind of a sadist, you might do this to the Bugatti Chiron, and you may even enjoy the process. Of course, this would be possible only in a Mad Max movie. That is only on the big screen though.
Is Bugatti Sandbaggin’ The Chiron’s Top Speed? Hennessey Thinks So
John Hennessey thinks Bugatti is playing possum when it comes to the Bugatti Chiron’s top speed. Speaking with Motor Authority, the founder and owner of Hennessey Performance claims that the French automaker is “sandbaggin’” the abilities of the Chiron as the race to hit a 300-mph top speed heats up in the supercar world. If Hennessey’s claims are correct and Bugatti is intentionally downplaying the Chiron’s performance abilities, it adds another wrinkle to a budding rivalry that’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Bugatti Hopes To Pad its Lineup With an SUV After All
Bugatti is on a roll these days with new cars under its umbrella. With the Divo creating so much hype lately, Bugatti decided to switch the focus to some other news. The automaker has subtly stated that the Chiron could finally have a sibling, although not immediately. And, from what we can deduce, it will most likely be an SUV. Talk about the market trend affecting even the most exclusive automakers!
Bugatti CEO Says the Chiron Can Hit 280 MPH but Won’t Prove It
Despite producing some of the most powerful and expensive sports cars on the planet, Bugatti’s priorities aren’t necessarily tied to one-upping the competition in terms of ultimate top speed. In fact, Bugatti feels like it doesn’t have to prove, well, anything.
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An Onslaught Of Special Edition Bugattis Could Be on Our Way
Bugatti is reportedly looking to build on the success of the Divo with plans to build more special edition hypercars in the coming years. Word in the pipeline is that the French automaker is setting its sights on developing Superleggera, SS, and Aperta versions of the Chiron. This is the first time we’re hearing about an assault of special edition Chirons, but all these rumored cars are also just the tip of the iceberg. If the whispers are taken with more than a grain of salt, Bugatti could also launch a partnership with Porsche, Rimac, and Dallara to develop an electric vehicle.
Bugatti Looks to a Hybrid Future; Contemplates More Power From its W16
At the other end of life, at the other end of the universe, and at the other end of money people are actually thinking of increasing the power output of Bugatti’s W16 engine. You know - the one that produces 1479 horsepower for the Chiron, 1184 horsepower for the Veyron Super Sports, and 987 horsepower for the Veyron.
How to proceed? What will the future make of the famed 16-cylinder engine that was developed from that awesome Volkswagen W12? That question is occupying the great mind of Stephan Wilkenmann, Bugatti CEO, as he walks in his haute couture suits with a neverending smirk on his face.
Does it bother him? I would not say so as he just sold 40 Divos for 5.8 mil a pop even before unveiling the car. He could sell all remaining Chirons, too. Right now! However, he has to slow down and let the Chiron live its full life. That is more than 8 years.
What happens after that? The W16 will be too old, and according to Winkelmann’s talk from the Divo presentation, it already operates almost at the edge of its capacity. In other words, the W16 cannot churn much more power without sacrificing some of the reliability, or refinement. If it sacrifices any of it, it would not be a Bugatti then, would it?
LEGO Technic Seriously Created a Life-Sized, Functional Bugatti Chiron
Keeping kids happily busy since 1949, LEGO has evolved from a company that builds plastic construction toys into one that makes complex models with technical functions through its Technic division. Following a series of scale models based on existing cars, LEGO Technic just launched a life-sized, fully functional Bugatti Chiron.
How Does the Bugatti Divo Compare to the Chiron?
Let’s not beat around the bush – the Divo does, kind of, look like a Chiron at a glance. But then you look at it, and it becomes clear that there’s a lot of tweaks and changes that make the Divo what it is – and agiler, corner-eating beast from which there is no escape. But how does it really compare to the Chiron? Well let’s take a quick look and see for ourselves:
Video: The Bugatti Divo Has Freaky Looking Taillights
The Bugatti Divo is drawing closer to its highly anticipated debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this coming August. Precious details have been revealed about the hypercar, but it is expected to be a more evocative version of the Chiron, one that will be coach-built and more driver-focused. In the absence of any meaningful information, Bugatti has released a teaser video of the Divo, specifically the raunchy taillights that are completely different from what the Chiron has. Could this be a sign of what we can expect from the Divo? It certainly appears like it.
Bugatti Reinvents the T-Top Roof, Makes the Glass Permanent, Calls it Sky View
The T-Top roof design has roots that go back to the late-1940s, but Bugatti has taken the idea, christened it new (since the glass is fixed, of course,) and will offer it as “Sky View” on the Bugatti Chiron. In fairness, it’s not exactly a T-Top since the glass isn’t removable, but that almost seems like a missed opportunity, though, doesn’t it?
According to Bugatti, each glass panel measures 25.5-inches wide and 17.3-inches long. It’s apparently a laminated structure that consists of thin glass and “four intermediate layers.” They are said to reduce noise at speed, reflect infrared radiation, and filer UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation. Bugatti also says that the design of the glass panels improves the stiffness of the roof and has no ill effect on crash safety. The glass panels are also tinted for privacy and actually add in just over an inch of extra headroom in comparison to the standard roof.
Of course, this is nothing new. The T-Top roof design has been around since 1948 when TASCO debuted the styling on a prototype that went nowhere. GM reintroduced it again with the 1968 Chevy Corvette. It’s since been found on a number of cars, with the most prominent example being the Pontiac Trans-Am. The big difference, however, is that all of those cars were fitted with removable glass panels – allowing you to have the luxury of an open roof without the weight or packing of a convertible top. It almost feels as if Bugatti missed the mark here as a T-Top Chiron would be pretty damn cool if Bugatti could manage to keep structural strength intact.
In that case, maybe Bugatti is offering the best it can, as it might be hard to maintain structural stability without a full roof – it’s the same reason third-gen, unibody Camaro’s need subframe connectors to handle any engine with real torque. All that’s left now is pricing, and Bugatti has yet to reveal that tidbit of information. The first Sky View-equipped Chiron will be on display in August at Pebble Beach, so stay tuned for updates and pictures from the scene.
Hello There! Are You The Bugatti Divo?
A heavily wrapped Bugatti Chiron-based prototype has been spotted at the Nurburgring, triggering alarm bells that this model could be none other than the limited edition Divo that Bugatti announced just last week. There are no indications that this test mule is, in fact, the Divo, but with little news on the front of other Chiron derivatives these days, it stands to reason that Bugatti wouldn’t send a prototype to the ‘Ring to do testing if it has no plans to do anything about it.
Bugatti Teases New Limited Edition Model of the Chiron Named “Divo”
The Bugatti Chiron exceeds at excess. The speed, the power, the price… any way you slice it, the Chiron is way over the top. However, despite this overarching emphasis on velocity, the Chiron was never a particularly agile vehicle, instead relying on its mammoth grip and high-tech AWD system to move the mass around an apex. Now, however, it looks like that might change, as the top bug is gearing up for a fresh limited-run edition that emphasizes cornering in a whole new way.
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The Bugatti Chiron is one fine piece of automotive art and now that the Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron has made its debut, it’s only fitting that we learn all about the engineering that went into the Chiron. And that’s exactly what Carfection set out to do. As a fair warning, I have to advise you that the video goes beyond the 15-minute mark, but when you use the term “everything you want to know” about one of the finest automobiles in the world, you couldn’t really expect much less. After all, the Chiron delivers 1,479 gut-wrenching horsepower from a massive 8.0-liter W-16 engine that sits all of the way in the rear. This baby can sprint to 60 in 2.5 seconds and tops out at a number that only God (and maybe Bugatti) knows. Truth be told, there’s rumors that it can go over the 300 mph mark, but Bugatti won’t try because no tire in existence today can handle such speeds without ripping to pieces.
But, I digress. Let’s get back to that video. Go ahead and click play, and learn everything there is to know about the engineering that went into building one of the finest, fastest, and most expensive cars in the world!
Bugatti Just Built The 100th Chiron, Has 400 More Models To Go
Bugatti only plans to build 500 Chirons, and the French automaker just built its 100th Chiron last week. As expected, it commemorated the occasion by throwing a party in its headquarters in Molsheim, France. The 100th Chiron is expected to go to a customer in the Middle East, who dressed up his new hypercar with a number of exclusive touches, ultimately settling for one that comes with a net price tag of €2.85 million, or somewhere around $3.33 million.
The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron is So Precisely Detailed that the W-16 Engine Even Has Moving Pistons
The new Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron set has arrived with extreme detail, a traditional bi-colored blue paint scheme, and a W-16 engine with moving pistons. Priced at $349.99 in the U.S., it doesn’t come cheap, but the detail is out of this world, including a life-like cabin with a Technic eight-speed transmission, movable paddle shifters, and a Bugatti emblem on the steering wheel. The exterior features all of the aerodynamic enhancements of the real thing, and to top things off, if you insert the top speed key, the wing will transition from the handling position to the top speed position. The engine even has moving pistons and extreme detail like we’ve never seen before on a scale model.
The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron Box Leaks Just Hours After Its June 1st Debut was Announced
These days automakers and corporations have just as many leaky holes as the U.S. Government. And, we’re not even kidding. How many “leaks” have we seen of cars just days before the debut in the past 12 months? It’s honestly starting to become commonplace. And, that’s why we’re here as just hours after the Lego Technic Buggati Chiron kit was teased. It turns out that someone couldn’t wait to share the kit with us and has decided to leak out an image of the box.
We can’t see the full box, unfortunately, but what we can see gives us insight into the most essential information. First, we know what it looks like. It’ll carry the traditional dual shades of blue and will apparently feature that light tan interior. There are even tiny square Lego pieces to make up the LED headlights up front – now that’s attention to detail. Furthermore, it will carry the set No. 42083 and will come in a total of 3,599 pieces. That’s nearly 900 pieces more than included with the 911 GT3 RS and more than enough to keep you busy for a while.
That 911 GT3 RS Lego kit, by the way, retails for $299, so you can probably expect to shell out even more for the Chiron. We’re guessing it’ll carry a price tag somewhere in the $375 to $400 range, but this is Bugatti we’re talking about so it could even go for more and people would buy it up like it’s going out of style. Speaking of going out of style, Motor1 reports that the GT3 RS Lego kit will be pulled off shelves at the end of 2018 as it heads into its peaceful retirement. That means unopened kits will increase in value and they’ll be harder to get by the turn of the year.
The Lego Technic Bugatti Chiron Will Debut at a Special Event on June 1st!
You gotta love a highly detailed Lego kit, especially when the subject matter is one of the most insane, over-the-top four-wheeled machines on the planet. Now, it’s looking like that’s exactly what we’ll get in just a few weeks’ time, as Lego and Bugatti are gearing up to release the new Chiron Technic kit.
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Eagle Eye: Bugatti Knows Everything About Every Chiron It Builds and Sells
It’s not exactly on the level of the government keeping tabs on our daily lives, but it’s a little similar in some respects. Bugatti has an active remote service for the Chiron that allows the automaker to monitor a portion of technical data pertaining to the supercar’s real-time performance. The remote monitoring system isn’t that different from the one popularized by Tesla. It’s just that Bugatti had its own system in place when it launched the Veyron supercar almost ten years ago. More importantly, it still uses it today with the Chiron.
The Bugatti Chiron made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and the Molsheim-based brand claims it will shatter several records. “It is part of human nature to cross boundaries and set new records – to run 100 m faster than ever before, to fly even further into space and to enter new realms. This striving is also our driving force at Bugatti,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles. “The Chiron is the result of our efforts to make the best even better.” Now, you can have it on your desktop. Go ahead and download one... or five.. you deserve it!
Is Stefan Winkelmann’s Lack of Interest in a Chiron Top Speed Run Proof He’s Not Fit to Run Bugatti?
2018 was supposed to be the year that Bugatti finally unleashed the Chiron on an open race track to see how fast it can really go. That was the plan when the French automaker unveiled the hypercar in 2016. But, now that we’re here, it looks like Bugatti is having a change of heart. There’s a good chance that we won’t see the Chiron do a top speed run this year. Worse, we may not even get to see it at all because, according to new Bugatti CEO, Stephan Winkelmann, the top speed test is no longer “a priority” for Bugatti.
Video of the Day: The Koenigsegg One:1 Lays The Smack Down On The Bugatti Chiron in Forza 7
The Koenigsegg One:1 and the Bugatti Chiron are two of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. It’s a shame that we haven’t seen these two hypercars share a drag strip together, but for those who are wondering which of these two exotics is faster than the other, wonder no more. YouTube user Ericship111 lined them up together on Forza 7 for an old-fashioned drag race, and the result may surprise you. The Swedish hypercar thoroughly dismantled its French rival, leaving it in its dust without even batting an eyelash.
2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport
Introduced in 2016 as a replacement to the already iconic Veyron, the Chiron is Bugatti’s fastest and more powerful supercar to date. Limited to 500 units, it’s already making headlines on a regular basis, despite having yet to set a new world speed record for production cars. The benchmark is probably reserved for the upcoming Super Sport (SS) version, but Bugatti is keeping the hype at high levels with all sorts of special-edition models. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, exactly two years after the Chiron was unveiled, Bugatti launch a new variant called the Chiron Sport. It’s not the record-breaking Super Sport we’re all waiting for, but it does have a few tricks up its sleeve.
The reason why this new Chiron isn’t worthy of the Super Sport name is because the drivetrain carries over mostly unchanged. The chassis features a number of upgrades, but the engine remains in stock form, so performance is pretty much the same. But Bugatti made developments in a department that needed serious improvements since the days of the Veyron: the handling. The Chiron Sport is a much more agile car, and it’s better suited for track use. It’s also a bit lighter than the standard model and comes with industry-first windscreen wipers made from carbon-fiber. Let’s find out more about all these enhancements in the review below.
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Pops’ Rants: Bugatti Is Trying Way Too Hard with the Chiron
The Bugatti Veyron was a really cool car. When it arrived back in 2005, it had never-before-seen power, a crazy engine, and the highest top speed of a production car. But it had one big issue compared to the other extreme supercars on the market and the ones that followed: it wasn’t suited for track performance. At more than 4,000 pounds, it was way too heavy, and the way it was built prevented it from becoming a part-time track car. Bugatti did launch a Super Sport model with more power and better handling, but the purpose of that vehicle was to set a new world speed record. The Veyron was replaced with the Chiron after ten years on the market, but sadly Bugatti did not change its strategy. If we ignore all the new tech and the revised drivetrain components, the Chiron is just a beefed-up Veyron that still sucks on the race track.
Budget Direct Renders 7 Sports Cars Built For Off-Roading
These days, it seems like you can’t turn around without bumping into some new SUV tuned to perform like a sports car. But what if you went the other way around, taking a sports car and adding a dash of off-roading goodness? Or maybe try a gallon of off-roading goodness. Well, that’s exactly what Budget Direct did with the following seven renderings.
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The Geneva Motor Show Is Where The Fastest Of The Fast Strut Their Stuff
If you ever need a reminder that yes, we are indeed living in a golden age of performance automobiles, just check out the list of debuts heading to this year’s Geneva International Motor Show. Specs and figures that would have been considered outlandish and silly just a few decades ago are now becoming the norm, as million-dollar, 1,000+ horsepower monster machines seem to litter the Palexpo convention center floor in 2018. Here are some of the highlights.
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The Buggati Chiron Sport Weighs Less, Gets Carbon Fiber Wipers and a New Exhaust Layout; Costs an Extra $1 Million
This is the Bugatti Chiron Sport, a car that weighs 18kg (39 pounds) less than the standard Chiron and features a new exhaust layout and carbon-fiber windshield wipers. Of course, that’s not all Bugatti did to make the Chiron Sport, as the suspension is revised, and it does get torque vectoring and a set of new wheels. It’s even a little faster in some circumstances, but it comes at a price: $3.6 million, about $1 million more than its standard brethren.
Bugatti’s "Updated" Chiron is Going to Turn Some Heads in Geneva
Sometimes, even the smallest of updates can make the biggest of differences. Bugatti is banking on that happening when it unveils an updated version of the Bugatti Chiron at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Bugatti has been coy on what these updates are, but it did release a 16-second teaser of the hypercar, complete with a promise to further shape “our category.” Could we be a few days away from seeing a hotter version of the Chiron?
Dell Car Pack Adds Bugatti Chiron, Kia Stinger, Ram Power Wagon and Others to Forza Motorsport 7
Finally, at long last, the Bugatti Chiron is now available on Forza 7 The French supercar is making its Forza debut when it serves as the showpiece car of Turn 10 Studios’ latest car package, called the Dell Gaming Car Pack. A lot of people have been waiting a long time to see the Chiron make it to the latest installment of the Forza video game racing franchise. Now that it’s here, expect Chiron fans all over the world to get their fix of the French supercar in a manner that won’t cost them $3 million in actual money.
Step Up Your Lego Game With This Upcoming Bugatti Chiron Kit
Looking to get into a new Bugatti Chiron, but don’t quite have the bread to spring for the real thing? Well, you’re in luck, because Lego is gearing up to offer a new kit that’s about as close as you can get to the Molsheim Monster for just a few hundred bucks.
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Bugatti Just 3D-Printed the World’s Largest Titanium Brake Caliper
Bugatti is always at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. It may sound like the French automaker spares no expense at everything it does, but that’s because it actually goes to great lengths to find new ways of improving its cars. Those lengths now include using 3D printing, which, in Bugatti’s case, involves using the technology to create large titanium brake calipers that are actually lighter than the current aluminum calipers that are used on the Chiron hypercar.
TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel
Welp, it’s that time of year again. Late December triggers the mass migration season for the majority of humans residing in North America, and that means the roadways will be clogged in every direction with stressed families clinging to the final shreds of their holiday cheer. But fret not, because it doesn’t have to be that way. Indeed, this travel season could actually be quite enjoyable, if you’ve got the right ride to ferry you to and fro, that is. As such, we’ve put together the following list of vehicles we think are perfectly suited to tackle the long holiday travel.
To make the most of it, we threw in a variety of picks for whatever your preferences might be. Granted, most of these are a bit on the pricey side, but hey, if you want the best, you’re gonna have to pay for it. Of course, the bank account can take a beating this time of year, so if you’re a bit strapped for cash, then no worries – we’re kicking it off with something relatively accessible.
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The Grand Tour Teases The "Fastest Car in the World" Ahead of Third Episode
We’re already two episodes in on the second season of The Grand Tour, and ahead of the third episode, Amazon is doing a bit of teasing on what we can expect on tonight’s show. The star of the trailer is easy to decipher. It’s the Bugatti Chiron, the car Jeremy Clarkson called “the fastest car in the world.”
Bugatti Delivers 70 Chirons This Year
2017 has been a landmark year for Bugatti. It started it off by launching the 1,500-horsepower Chiron at the Geneva Motor Show, ushering in a new era of hypercar awesomeness to the world. For the rest of the year, the French automaker focused on producing the hypercar with the goal of delivering the first batch of models before the year ended. It took some time, but Bugatti has finally achieved its goal for the year by delivering 70 Chirons to the waiting arms of their owners.
Is Your Bugatti Chiron Being Recalled? You’ll Need the "Flying Doctor"
Owning a Bugatti Chiron affords you a different set of luxuries. That’s especially true when it comes to issues affecting the $3 million supercar, and the subsequent recalls that come with it. See, Bugatti doesn’t do recalls the way Volkswagen, Toyota, or even BMW do. When the Chiron has issues, Bugatti sends one of its “Flying Doctors” to your address, wherever you are in the world. This is important now because these Flying Doctors are expected to add on to their miles after the French automaker announced a particular issue surrounding the Chiron’s seat brackets.
Seven Modern Cars With A Retro Twist
The evolution in car design is one of the biggest identifiers into how far the auto industry has come in the last 50 years. Classic designs from years-gone-by have given way to modern designs that sit on the shoulders of cutting-edge technology. There’s no going around how things have changed in the industry, but what if there was a way to mesh the classic designs of yesteryear with today’s design language? Would the results be something you’d be interested in? Would you cringe and run away from them as fast as possible?
Fortunately, we won’t have to imagine what those cars would look like. Marketing agency NeoMam Studios prepared a few renderings of these cars, which we’re going to show below. There are seven renderings in total, with each car getting an injection of old-school design touches. Not everything worked out as well I’d hope, but you might have different reactions altogether. Let us know in the comments section below how you feel about the renderings.
Top Gear Magazine Names the Bugatti Chiron as the "Hypercar of the Year"
11 years after the Bugatti Veyron took its rightful place on top of Top Gear’s hypercar mountain, it’s successor, the Bugatti Chiron, has equaled that feat. The all-conquering supercar took home the “Hypercar of the Year” award on the strength of possessing one of the most impressive credentials of any performance car in the world today. On that front alone, the Chiron boasts an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine that produces a staggering 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. That translates to a sprint time to 60 mph of just 2.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 261 mph. Take out that limiter, and there’s no telling what the Chiron is capable of. Rumors have even suggested that it can reach 300 mph on a good day. It’s no wonder then that in declaring the Chiron as the “Hypercar of the Year,” the jury highlighted its incredible performance capabilities. “The thrust from rest to 100 mph (161 km/h) is insane but the way it bulldozes its way through the next 100 mph is spooky, and it just keeps going.” Hard to argue against that assessment.
2018 Bugatti Chiron "Number One" Edition
In case you’re still in the market for a Bugatti Chiron, now’s as good a time as any to bring out the checkbooks because one particular example of the Chiron is scheduled to go up for auction at the RM Sothebys event in New York City this coming December 6. Even better, this isn’t just a “standard” Chiron; it’s been decked out in a special livery, has only 250 miles on the odometer, and hasn’t even been registered for road-use here in the U.S. All that and I still haven’t gotten to the best part as this Chiron is also the very first production Chiron and the first ordered for the U.S. market. There’s a reason, after all, why it’s called the Bugatti Chiron Number One.
Having said all that, the Chiron Number One’s estimated selling price sits at $3.5 million to $4 million. It’s a premium price compared to the supercar’s retail price of about $3 million, but don’t be surprised if it surpasses its own estimate, owing to the significance of this particular model as the first of its kind to come out of production. Should any of you be interested, you’re going to need to give yourselves some kind of latitude as far as how much you’re willing to bid for the car. I can’t speak for everyone else, but if I had the money to spend for this potentially historic Bugatti Chiron, I’d be all over it considering its historical potential as the first-production unit of its kind. And I’ll be honest. The 1966 Batmobile-inspired colors look pretty cool too.
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Click Mechanic Renders 7 Utterly Bizarre Car Mashups
Halloween may have come and gone, but it’s never too late to explore the weird, the bizarre, and the downright frightening things that go bump in the night. If you’ve got the nerve, then we challenge you to look through these utterly profane vehicle renderings, courtesy of the good folks from Click Mechanic. Truth be told, no one is safe from the following strange creations – hybrids, muscle cars, imports, supercars, trucks, and even tractors get tossed into the blender with these seven unholy car mashups.
Call it madness, call it lunacy, call it outlandish… truth be told, we simply can’t look away! Hell, we’d actually argue that some of these creations are a bit, well, awesome (no, seriously). Either way, this is what happens when you give rendering artists free reign to mix and match from across the automotive spectrum. Naturally, we wanna know – which is these shocking mashups stands out the most to you? Let us know in the comments!
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Quick Comparison – Hennessey Venom F5 Vs. Bugatti Chiron Vs. Koenigsegg Agera RS
Let’s say you want a car that’s fast – like, world-beating fast. The kind of fast that’ll get you thrown in jail quicker than most cars can reach the 60-mph mark. The kind of fast usually reserved for aircraft. We’re talking the bleeding edge of speed here, the cream of the crop in terms of moving across the face of the Earth on four wheels. Incredibly, there’s actually several options to choose from, assuming you’ve got the bank account to back it. Up here, at the peak of the mountain, you’ll find the Henessey Venom F5, the Bugatti Chiron, and the Koenigsegg Agera RS going head-to-head-to-head, each a top trump in modern street-legal performance. But which is the best?
The Hennessey Venom F5 is the newcomer of the group, with a recent debut at the 2017 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Offered as a follow-up to the Lotus-based Venom GT, the F5 builds on the successes of its forerunner with all new everything, including a fresh chassis, revised aero, and a tuned-up engine, each of which was built from the ground up to conquer all challengers. Chief amongst those challengers is the Bugatti Chiron, the standard-bearer when it comes to ultimate high-dollar speed, rocking 8 liters of quad-boosted internal combustion and a reputation for superlative performance. Finally, we have the Koenigsegg Agera RS, which just set a new world record by going 277.9 mph on a closed road in the Nevada desert.
But while top speed is obviously a major factor here, what about the rest of the car? What about the way it looks, the interior, and the chassis? In this quick comparison, we’ll take a brief, but well-rounded look at each of these amazing vehicles and go beyond V-max to find out how they stack up.
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$4 Million Will Snag You A "Used" Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti Chirons are hard to come by these days, and it doesn’t help that the French automaker has already sold half the entire production run of the supercar. It gets worse when you consider that production of all the reserved Chirons will take a number of years to complete and, to this point, only three have been delivered to their respective owners. So in the absence of any relevant options, the second-hand market becomes a more feasible avenue to take. Good news, then, because one such example of the Bugatti Chiron is now up for grabs in Germany.
The listing was madly Munich-based exotic car dealer Semco Exclusive Cars, and the Chiron in question looks to be the real thing. The tuner, after all, has a long history of crossing paths with Bugattis, including a pair of Veyrons that are also currently listed. It also has two Pagani Huayras on offer, as well as two Ferrari LaFerraris and two Porsche 918 Spyders. In other words, Semco Exclusive Cars is dripping with exotics. It just so happens that one of the stars of the bunch - if you can even call it that - is the Chiron.
The model in question has been described as “used,” though the use of the term can be pretty subjective. There’s no information on how many miles it’s incurred or if the bespoke leather in the cabin has any coffee stains on it. There are photos of the Chiron sitting quite comfortably in the dealership, and from the looks of it, there doesn’t appear to be anything to worry about as far as the body is concerned. Everything’s in place, right down to the shininess of the two-tone Atlantic Blue Metallic and French Racing Blue Uni exterior finish. The listing also describes the interior as having a good mix of Terre D´OR leather and carbon.
While it would have been much better to know how much mileage it has, there’s little reason to be suspicious of this particular Bugatti Chiron. Not only is it in the hands of a well-reputed supercar dealership, but the price tag Semco Exclusive Cars attached to it - € 3.5 million ($4.05 million) is one that’s fit for a Bugatti Chiron, even if it is “used” in some form or fashion.
The Bugatti Chiron’s Tires Are Actually Cheaper Than The Veyrons
It’s a well-known thing in automotive circles that if you own a Bugatti Veyron, the costs of maintaining it over time could be just as expensive as buying it. Annual maintenance for the almighty machine costs $20,000. If you happen to live in a state that charges car property tax, then the cost of simply owning a Veyron will set you back close to $50,000 a year. That’s like buying a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 every year just because. Then again, none of those costs compare to the ridiculous price of the Veyron’s tires. A fresh set will set you back as much as $40,000, and you’ll only be able to drive them for 2,500 miles because they’ll have to be replaced after that. I bring all of this up because, in a recent interview with CarBuzz, Bugatti Principal Engineer Martin Grabowski revealed that the set of tires on the new Bugatti Chiron is actually much cheaper than the Veyrons. Of course, the Chiron costs three times as much as the Veyron, but I’m not worried about that. It’s those tires that matter!
To put into context, Grabowski said that the Chiron doesn’t use the specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires that the Veyron used. Instead, Bugatti’s new supercar uses a standard rim geometry and standard mounting process, which means that according to Grabowski, “the tires can be mounted and changed anywhere.” Even better, the tires that the Chiron uses have been reportedly been tested to handle the supercar’s incredible 261-mph top speed, and quite possibly more given that Bugatti is still “testing them to see how far they can go.” And as far as the price goes, it’s expected to be “much cheaper,” according to Grabowski. He didn’t specify the actual price, but don’t be surprised if a set goes for around $20,000, which would make Grabowski’s statement technically true.
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Bugatti Is Already Planning For the Chiron’s Successor
The Bugatti Chiron is only a year into its life and yet Bugatti is already making preparations for the supercar’s successor. That much was made clear by no less than CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, who told Road & Track about the company’s plans moving forward at the recently-concluded 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
According to Durheimer, the business model for the Chiron is already set in stone. It will have a life-cycle of six years and the automaker’s waiting list for the supercar is now stretched out to four years. That means that of the 500 models that Bugatti is earmarking for the Chiron, 300 of them are already spoken for, leaving just 200 units up for grabs in the last two-and-a-half years of its production run. Remember, Bugatti only plans to build 70 Chirons a year, so even customers who recently ordered one aren’t likely to get their supercars until around 2021 or 2022. In the meantime, Bugatti is already looking to answer the question, “what’s next,” and that answer may come a lot sooner if Durheimer has something to say about it. The Bugatti CEO has said that the initial plans for the Chiron’s successor should be on the table by 2019, leaving the company with precious little time (a little over a year) to sift through all of its ideas before making a decision. It’s as definitive a statement as we’ve heard from Durheimer, who also shot down rumors of a lower-end Bugatti to complement the Chiron. "For the time I can oversee Bugatti, it will remain the ultimate product," he said. "Extremely high-end, very sharp, no compromise. The best materials, best technology, highest price. No rebates.” Sounds like a man who knows what he wants.
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Bugatti Gets Its Name in the Record Books Again, but It’s Not for Top Speed
When Bugatti unleashed the fury that is the Chiron on the world, it came with a massive improvement of 296 horsepower and 74 pound-foot of torque over its predecessor, the Veyron Super Sports. With a total of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque on tap, we’re talking about a whole new level of performance and power, something that requires vigilance, focus, and some serious balls of steel if you really want to see things through to their full potential. But, there is a problem – the Chiron is so fast it needs special tires to handle any record-breaking speed, so Bugatti had to limit its top speed to 261 mph. Of course, there’s a “top speed key” that unlocks the full potential, but initial buyers were stuck below the 268-mph limit set forth by the Veyron. Be that as it may, it was said early on that the Chiron was more than capable of toppling that record by none other than Le Mans champion and Bugatti test driver, Andy Wallace. The company has since gone on to say that it would make a record attempt in the future, but it hasn’t made it there quite yet. The Chiron has, however, set a new record for the 0-400-0 sprint – an all-new record.
So, what record was set? Well, the Chiron – with the top speed key – was able to make it from a standstill to 400 kph, then back to a dead stop in just 41.96 seconds. Of course, we can’t really compare this run to any other vehicles, as nobody has ever actually completed the run outside of theoretic computer models, so Bugatti was the first. For those of you on this side of the pond, that means the Chiron went from 0 to 248.54 mph and back to zero. Not bad, but far from the Veyron’s top speed of 268 mph. It was able to hit 248.54 mph in just 32.6 seconds and 8,599 feet, so it took a total of just 9.6 seconds and 1,611 feet to go from 248.54 mph to a complete stop, adding about 2g of force against the driver during the braking maneuver. To put that into perspective, that’s about the same force that astronauts feel when they are launched into space. Want to know more about the Chiron and the individual behind this impressive run?
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How Should We Measure Fast?
Mercedes recently announced the top speed of its upcoming hybrid F1-inspired hypercar, the Project One, and a lotta folks are less than impressed. 217 mph is the figure in question, and while that’s certainly a whole lot faster than the old family minivan, it’s not quite up to snuff compared to the world-eating Bugatti Chiron. Thanks to four turbos, 16 cylinders, and a veritable ocean of gasoline, the Bug tops out at 261 mph. Amazingly, the Chiron can, in theory, go even faster, but finding the right tires to do so is a challenge.
But while Merc has yet to actually reveal the Project One, I think the relatively low 217-mph top speed isn’t really the point. What really makes it stand out is its F1-inspired powertrain, and as such, I’m expecting godly levels of grip and physics-defying acceleration numbers. In this case, it’s not how fast you can go, but how fast you can get there.
Which opens up the question of how we should measure what it means to be “fast.” 217 mph might not seem that quick compared to 261 mph, but if you can hit 217 from a dig in 10 seconds, I think we’ll all agree – that’s fast (or maybe “quick” would be the more appropriate nomenclature). Or take something like a Dakar rally machine. Top speed in those things is only about 130 mph, but thanks to crazy suspension travel and an unbreakable chassis, they can do 130 over just about any kind of terrain. And that’s fast too.
So then, dear reader, what’s fast mean to you?
Apparently, The Bugatti Chiron Isn’t Invincible To The Elements: Video
Have you had lunch yet? If you have, then you might have the stomach to watch this. If you haven’t, well, the risk is on you. Nothing really prepares a car with low ground clearance for uneven roads. It only takes a burp from gravity for a car’s low-hanging body parts to make contact with the pavement. That scraping sound is enough to make even the most hardened of men lose their wits. Unfortunately for all of us, watching this video is a perfect example of the perils of low ground clearance, and worse enough, it happened to a Bugatti Chiron.
I’m going to presume that the driver behind the wheel of the Chiron is its owner, so it’ll be easier to stomach the fact that he can’t blame anybody else for his foible. But he did find himself in a very delicate position with little space to maneuver his Chiron in such an angle that one tire goes through the dip in the pavement before the other. Doing so would’ve saved his carbon fiber underbody from getting planted to the ground. But alas, he didn’t have the space he needed so he braved it, rolling the Bugatti supercar straight on. It turned out to be a bad move as the underbody makes contact with the road and we hear that agonizing sound of carbon fiber meeting cement. To make things worse, the whole episode happened in front of a group of people who were mingling around the Chiron. Hopefully, the scrape didn’t do too much damage to the Bugatti supercar, as the slightest damage can be met with five-figure repair costs, or worse if the whole panel gets shredded. Knowing how expensive these parts can be, I’d be sweating in my Bugatti, too.
First U.S.-Spec Bugatti Chiron Finally Gets Delivered
For those who have ever special ordered a vehicle, taking delivery is arguably one of the most exciting feelings in the world. Now, imagine if the car you’re taking delivery of has 1,500 horsepower at its disposal, is limited to just 500 units, and has a price tag that exceeds $3 million. I can’t pretend to know what that feeling’s like, but I do realize the magnitude of seeing a Bugatti Chiron in the flesh for the first time, even if it’s not mine.
Judging from the smile on his face and the giddiness on his step, YouTuber TheStradman had a similar reaction when he captured the first U.S.-spec Chiron get delivered to its dealership, O’Gara Coach in La Jolla, California. The car’s owner – a man named “Hezi” – who also happens to be the same guy who took delivery of the first U.S.-spec Lamborghini Centenario. Not that it’s making me any less jealous, but seeing the process by which the Chiron is delivered and the specific inspections that go on after it provides a good insight on how meticulous the whole thing is. To his credit, TheStradman does a good job of setting the table up, documenting the whole process from the time the car arrives through a massive delivery truck all the way to the actual inspections that go on in ensuring that every available space of the Chiron is built up to Bugatti’s standards.
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