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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The First Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport to Land Stateside Is Downright Gorgeous
Bugatti introduced the Chiron Pur Sport, a handling-focused version of the Chiron, in March 2020, but it took the French company until January 2021 to deliver the first customer car. And that’s not surprising given that all Chirons are hand-built and that Bugatti’s factory is rather small. The world’s first Chiron Pur Sport was delivered in the United States and it’s downright gorgeous thanks to its two-tone exterior finish and brightly colored interior.
Why the Pur Sport Is the Ultimate Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti has created many iterations of the Chiron since the launch of the original one. But, if we had to pick the best one from the lot, it would be the Chiron Pur Sport. The company will produce just 60 examples of this beast. But hey, it’s not just us who think it’s the best version of the Chiron; a lot of people concur with the same thought, including Doug DeMuro..
The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Is Better On The Road Than You’d Expect
Hypercars are one of the most fascinating categories of cars ever to exist. Over the past two decades, Bugatti has been consistently breaking speed records as well as price tag records in its class, with very few manufacturers being able to compete with the old French brand. Just like its predecessor, the Chiron has had more than a few versions made, some of which are highly-exclusive. With that being said, only one of those versions can be the ultimate.
This Time Lapse of a Homemade Bugatti Is Mind Boggling
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is as much a car as it is a mirage. Born to be raced by gamers in the smash Playstation title Gran Turismo 6, joining many other ’Vision Gran Turismo’ creations from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, BMW, Nissan, or Citroen, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo somehow transcended the world of gaming when Bugatti actually decided to build a running and driving example of it.
With there only being one of these ludicrous-looking,
inspired hypercars out there, crafty mechanic Jack Lee and his team had to make one from scratch and, amazingly, that’s exactly what went down.
This Rendering Has Us Convinced That an Off-Road Bugatti Chiron Needs to Happen
The Chiron has so far served as base for quite some limited-edition Bugattis. You’ve got the La Voiture Noire, the Centodieci, the Divo, and the Bolide. True to the carmaker’s heritage, these are either honoring past models or Bugatti’s motorsport ties. However, this fan-made design study takes the French brand where it never went before: off-roading.
2021 Bugatti Chiron Sport Alice
Bugatti has created a new one-off Chiron Sport for a customer who ordered the car as a gift to his wife for Valentine’s Day. The tailor-made Chiron, called “Alice,” was ordered through the H.R. Owen Bugatti dealership in England. It’s dressed in a unique two-tone bespoke finish, including one color that Bugatti admits it hasn’t used before. As far as Valentine’s Day gifts are concerned, this Bugatti Chiron Sport is pretty hard to top.
Bugatti’s New Timepiece Collection from Jacob & Co. Is a Bank Account’s Nightmare
Bugatti is known as much for record-setting supercars as it is for establishing relationships with premium brands from other industries. Just recently, the French carmaker partnered with premium audio company Tidal Audio to create a new line of Royale home audio systems.
Not content with slapping its badge on these gargantuan speakers, Bugatti went ahead and reconnected with old-running mate Jacob & Co. to create a limited edition version of the latter’s already limited Chiron Tourbillon timepiece.
2020 Bugatti Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel”
Few people know that Ettore Bugatti sometimes found inspiration in aviation and he even designed aircraft engines back in 1915, a hobby that culminated in 1937 with a full aircraft design mean to break speed records.
The brand itself has worked with race drivers that had a love affair with flying, including the likes of Albert Divo, Robert Benoist, Meo Costantini, and even Roland Garros drove a Bugatti Type 18. The Chiron Sport “Les Légendes du Ciel” (French for legends of the sky) is here to celebrate that bond.
Accelerating in the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport Will Make You Giggle Like a Little Girl
With the Bugatti Chiron being the replacement of the Veyron, everyone thought its purpose would be to become the world’s fastest road car. Bugatti initially refused to put the Chiron through its paces but then it did and we all witnessed the first +300 mph run from a road car. Now, you too can own a Chiron capable of reaching close to ludicrous speed, as shown by Carwow’s Mat Watson.
What in the World is this Strange Bugatti Chiron Test Mule Doing on the Road?
Introduced in 2016, the Bugatti Chiron has already spawned eight variations ranging from simple special-edition models to unique cars like the La Voiture Noire. But the supercar firm isn’t planning to stop just yet, and a new test mule spotted by our paparazzi proves just that. We don’t know what it is yet, but we’re looking at three different scenarios.
Bugatti Could Be Neck Deep In Building a One-Off Chiron Roadster
Unlike the Bugatti Veyron, the Chiron has yet to spawn a targa version. The Chiron is already four years into its life cycle and it seems a bit unlikely that Bugatti will build a roadster, but a new report claims that the French firm is developing one as we speak. But unlike the Veyron Grand Sport, the Chiron roadster will be a one-off model.
Jacob&Co Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+ - Or How to Spend $580k On a Watch
Supercar-inspired watches? Yeah, we’ve seen our fair share of those. You’d also think that this fad would go away at some point, but apparently, there are plenty of rich people willing to pay a fortune on a watch that matches their garage speed demon.
For those, luxury companies such as Geneva-based Jacob&Co are happy to create the most outlandish timepieces inspired by actual hypercars. And that’s how we can tell you more about the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+-inspired Twin Turbo Furious watch.
Behold the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Giving the Bilster Berg The Business
Bugatti, the maker of the fastest road-legal car, has just about had it with people yammering on about how its multi-million-dollar products are merely trailer queens good only for the occasional highway blast that otherwise only sit pretty in front of a Michelin-starred restaurant or high-end hotel. To prove the Chiron is also at home on a track, Bugatti rented the entire 2.6-mile-long Bilster Berg track and this is what went down.
Watch In Amazement as the Bugatti Chiron Peaks At 261 MPH
The Bugatti Chiron might not be the fastest production car in the world, this prize goes to the Chiron Super Sport 300+ at 304 mph, but it’s still amazingly fast at a 261 mph. The fact that it ranks fifth in our The 10 Fastest Cars in the World Ranked speaks volumes about what it can do in standard form. And the cool thing is that any owner has access to that mind-boggling benchmark through the car’s special Speed Key. And race car driver Andy Wallace, the man who hit 304 mph in the Chiron Super Sport 300+, demonstrates how to use it.
Buy a Decent House or this $280,000 Bugatti Watch with a Tiny, Working W-16 Inside
We keep seeing reports about an upcoming financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, but they’re not stopping many luxury companies from rolling out new products. That’s the case with Jacob & Co., which just released a very expensive watch. It’s called the Bugatti Chiron 16 Cylinder Tourbillon, it’s inspired by the French supercar, and it costs an eye-watering $280,000.
Recording a Bugatti Chiron at 250 MPH Is No Easy Task
Back in 2017 Bugatti released a two-minute video of the Bugatti Chiron going from 0 to 250 mph in only 42 seconds, setting a new world record. Almost three years later, the guys from Outrun unveiled how they filmed it. And as it turns out, it’s a lot more difficult than you’d expect. This video also comes to reject the rumor that the high-speed run was recorded with a beefed-up Toyota Supra camera car.
2020 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport
There have been rumors about a new version of the Chiron slated to debut in Geneva and Bugatti kept its word and showed it to the world, albeit using its online media channels. Ladies and gents, meet the Chiron Pur Sport, a corner-carving hypercar that feels at home on winding roads or on the race track.
As you’d expect, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is a tad different than your usual Chiron, since Bugatti had to fine tune its chef d’oeuvre for the new purpose it serves. Here’s everything you need to know about the Chiron Pur Sport.
Rumor: Bugatti Chiron R - One of Many Chiron Derivatives - Will Come to Geneva
Just like the Bugatti Veyron that came before it, the list of special edition and one-off Bugatti Chirons continues to grow. Rumor has it that the newest addition to the Chiron family will bow at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show wearing the “R” badge.
The Bugatti Chiron R, as folks are calling it, has been spotted in the wild, completely covered to preserve its identity. Bugatti is expected to show off the Chiron R, which was developed and tuned for handling purposes more than outright speed as evidenced by the large fixed rear spoiler sitting at the back of the hypercar. All the important details involving the Chiron R are expected to be revealed in Geneva, including all the important performance figures that will determine what kind of hypercar this bad boy is.
Bugatti’s Monster W-16 Engine Is Here to Stay For 10 More Years
It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that 2019 was a mighty good year for Bugatti. The carmaker knows not to dwell too much on the past, though, and it’s already planning its future steps. On that note, we’re happy to report that Bugatti is planning to keep hold of the 8.0-liter W-16, which will live on “for [the] next decade.”
The info comes from Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann himself, via U.K.’s Autocar, who had a chat with the bossman about the company’s plans for the quad-turbo engine.
The Bugatti Chiron Opens the Door For Even More New Cars in 2020
There shouldn’t be any doubt that Bugatti ended 2019 on a high note. Its 1,577-horsepower Chiron Super Sport 300+ went past the 300 mph barrier and it also spawned the likes of La Voiture Noire and Centodieci.
U.K.’s Autocar had a chat with Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann, who revealed that the Chiron will be further used as a base for future Bugatti models. Think in the lines of Divo and the above-mentioned Voiture Noire and Centodieci rather than mere special editions.
Watch Shmee Show Off a Custom Bugatti Chiron Key Fob That Might Cost More Than the House You Live In
In today’s tale of the excessive and outright ridiculous things you’ll see in the auto industry, we present to you the Awain Phantom Key for the Bugatti Chiron. Mind you, the Phantom key is not your typical car key. It’s not even a traditional car key. It’s a special key fob that’s synced to a Bugatti Chiron, and if that’s not cool enough, the Phantom Key is also obscenely expensive.
How expensive you ask? Believe it or not, but it costs around $550,000. That’s almost the expected price tag of the super exclusive and all-new Ferrari SF90 Stradale, which means that the Awain Phantom Key might very well be the most astonishing piece of automotive hardware you’ll see in a long time.
2020 Bugatti Chiron Noire Special Edition
Bugatti has a new pair of special edition models under the “Chiron Noire Exclusive” name. The two models are called the Chiron Noire Sportive and the Chiron Noire Elegance. Both are inspired, partly at least, by the one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire that Bugatti unveiled earlier this year. Both Chiron Noire Exclusive Special Edition models are dressed in all black and carry a bevy of features that are exclusive to the two models. Bugatti only plans to release 20 units of the Chiron Noire Exclusive Special Edition in these two finishes. Deliveries are expected to start in the second quarter of 2020 with each unit costing $3,305,445.
Bugatti Dealer Tries to Resell a Chiron Super Sport 300+ Build Slot for More Than The Price of the Car Itself
A build slot for the upcoming Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is now up for grabs, provided you have around $5.2 million to spare. That’s the asking price of Auto Salon Kitzbuhel, a German dealership who posted the supposed build slot on Mobile, Germany’s largest online car market. Specific details about the Chiron Super Sport 300+ or even just the build slot were not revealed. Apparently, if you want to learn more about the said build slot and the justification for that stratospheric asking price, you’re going to have to reach out to the dealership through its WhatsApp profile. What’s clear is that if there’s legitimacy to this build slot, it’s hard to imagine someone not making a serious run at it given how limited — only 30 will be made — the Chiron Super Sport 300+ already is.
Even Wonder What Happens When You Crash a Lego Bugatti and Porsche 911?
What happens when a Porsche 911 crashes into the side of a Bugatti Chiron? It’s a question that nobody wants an answer to because of all the heartache that will ensure. Fortunately, Germany’s ADAC, the largest automobile club in Europe, found a way to see the aftermath of a 911-on-Chiron crime without having to actually use real-life versions of the Porsche 911 and, gulp, Bugatti Chiron. Instead of using the actual cars, ADAC opted to perform its experiment of sorts using the LEGO Technic versions of both the 911 and the Chiron. The whole stunt looks like it was done for giggles, but ADAC actually did with serious intentions, specifically to see if this type of test can simulate and replace actual crash tests involving actual cars. Judging by the aftermath of the “crash,” ADAC emphatically received an answer to its experiment.
Rich and Shameless: Kylie Jenner Deletes a Video Showing Off Her New Bugatti Chiron
Say what you will about Kylie Jenner and her pursuits in life, but you can’t deny that the Kardashian knows her way around cars. She’s the proud owner of a Ferrari LaFerrari, a pair of Land Rovers, a Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a Lamborghini Aventador, and what looks to be a Lamborghini Urus, among other steely-eyed rides.
It’s her latest vehicular purchase, though, that has everyone standing up and paying attention. Recently, Jenner posted a video of her new Bugatti Chiron on her Instagram account. It didn’t take long, though, for the Internet vultures to swoop in with their scathing comments, so Jenner quickly deleted the video of her Chiron. The lesson, as always, is clear. If you can’t take the heat, best get out of the kitchen.
Bugatti Chiron Super Sport’s Record-Breaking Run Was This Close to Disaster
Have you ever stopped to consider just how much risk was involved in Bugatti’s record-breaking attempt with the Chiron Super Sport? We mean, the entire team behind the 300+ mph run did an outstanding job in not leaving any loose ties as expected, but even with all the preparations in the world, things were pretty close of going sideways in an instant. Or should we say airborne instead?
Cultured race driver Andy Wallace, the one who steered the Chiron Super Sport towards reaching the mind-shattering speed of 304 mph (490 km/h), has revealed that at some point doing the run, he “jumped the Chiron” at 277 mph (447 km/h).
Bugatti seems to love the idea that it produces just one car in multiple variations and, to some extent, that’s okay in terms of exclusivity. But, isn’t it time that Bugatti actually comes up with something new as opposed to some slightly revised version of a car it started producing in 2016, based on a concept from 1999? Bet you forgot that, didn’t you? The Chiron is actually based on the 1999 Bugatti 18/3 Chiron Concept from nearly two decades ago. Back to the point at hand, Bugatti has, since the Chiron’s debut back in 2016, produced a handful of different variations, including the Chiron Sport, 110 Ans Bugatti, Chiron Super Sport 300+, Centodieci, and the La Voiture Noire one-off.
One would think that Bugatti had about done enough with the Chiron which was, by the way, limited to just 500 units when it was introduced a few years ago. But, Bugatti has different plans before it moves on to something totally new despite the realization that the Chiron can’t live on forever. The point is that if you were hoping to see an all-new Bugatti next year, or even in the next five years, you might want to let go and accept the fact that it isn’t going to happen. Here’s why…
2020 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+
How should we put this? Well, there’s only one way, really: we all knew this was coming, but the real secret was how Bugatti would wrap it up. After the Veyron, it’s time for the Chiron to receive the distinguished Super Sport badge from Bugatti, following a speed record that’s both spectacular and a tad controversial to some extent. That’s something we’ll look at on another occasion, though, because today our attention will be wasted on one car and one car only: the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.
Once again, Bugatti shows the world that it knows how to throw a party, especially one that celebrates the company’s 110th anniversary. The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ joins the carmaker’s fantastic-three - Divo, La Voiture Noire, and Centodieci - with at least the same amount of flair and plushness underlined by what could very well be today’s industry spearhead in automotive performance. Read on.
After People Called Foul on the "Bugatti Chiron’s" New Record, Bugatti Says It Can Go Faster...in the Right Conditions
Bugatti bewildered the automotive world recently when it released a video showing what the company called at the time a ’near-production’ Chiron exceeding 300 mph at Volkswagen’s Ehra-Lessien proving grounds in Germany. We later found out that the Chiron in question is, effectively, a whole new version of the storied Chiron, one that features heavily revised aerodynamics including a Le Mans-esque long tail and is based on the Chiron Sport. People criticized Bugatti for not doing a two-way average before claiming that their car is the fastest in the world and, in response, Bugatti says 304 mph isn’t as fast as the long tail Chiron ca go.
If you’re up to date with what’s going on in Germany where the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show is in full swing, you’ll know by now that, not only did Bugatti argue that its faster-than-fast Chiron can go even faster, but it will also put it into production with the batch of 30 ’Chiron Sport 300+’ expected to sell like hotcakes although nobody’s got a huge oval like that at Ehra-Lessien to test the car’s ludicrous top speed. Maybe Bugatti did it under pressure from Koenigsegg and other peers that came forth saying whatever Bugatti used to reach 304 mph is not a legitimate production car and, as such, the record isn’t valid. Let’s see if the French company returns to the track to go even faster - although Bugatti tried to make us believe they actually don’t care about top speed runs anymore... yea, right!
Supercar Blondie and the Bugatti Chiron Sport 300+ - Too Much Hot In One Video
As the automotive world turns its attention to Germany for the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, one car that’s noticeably missing from the festivities also happens to be the same car that everyone’s talking about these days: the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+.
Say what you will about the controversy swirling around the Chiron Super Sport 300+, but it did break 300 miles per hour, becoming the first “production” car to ever break that speed threshold. We can all argue about the veracity of its “production car” label, but the Chiron Super Sport 300+ still achieved something extraordinary, and no one’s going to take that accomplishment away from it.
So as everyone marvels at all the new debuts in Frankfurt, YouTube personality Supercar Blondie got to spend some time with the controversial Bugatti hypercar, and for more than 20 minutes, we get to see the Chiron Super Sport 300+ in a different light, completely removed from the spectacle of its record-setting run. Controversy notwithstanding, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is an incredible piece of machinery.
The Bugatti Chiron Has Officially Broken 300 MPH, But It’s Not a Production Model
Remember when Bugatti said it won’t pursuit a new top speed record with the Chiron? Well, the French firm lied and built a bespoke Chiron that just smashed the 300 mph barrier. However, you won’t be able to do the same in a production Chiron, as the new record holder is actually a prototype based on the Chiron Sport.
Bugatti Morphed The Legendary EB110 Into A New Century With the Stuningly White 2020 Bugatti Centodieci
Capturing the spirit of the legendary Bugatti EB110, French boutique car maker Bugatti just unveiled the fantastic looking Centodieci. With a name that quite literally means 110, the Centodieci is one more special hypercar based on the Chiron’s architecture. Now, with 100 horsepower more for a total of 1,600 horsepower. Yea, I know. Crazy!
“With the Centodieci we pay homage to the EB110 super sports car which was built in the 1990s and is very much a part of our tradition-steeped history,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. “With the EB110, Bugatti catapulted itself to the top of the automotive world once again after 1956 with a new model.”
Apart from remembering the EB110, Bugatti also celebrates its 110th anniversary this year. In that regard, the creation of the Centodieci is only expected.
Bugatti is Going to Milk the Chiron to Death Before an All-New Car Comes to Life
If there’s anything the Bugatti Veyron taught us beyond the fact that it’s fast, powerful, and awesome, it’s that Bugatti isn’t going to shy away from squeezing the last drop of cache out of its models, even if it means extending said model’s production life to a full decade. The Veyron lasted for 10 years with this strategy and history could repeat itself with the Chiron as the automaker’s plans for its incumbent hypercar are expected to extend until around 2024, maybe even 2025. It’s not an entirely surprising move on Bugatti’s part. The automaker still has a lot of possible Chiron variants and derivatives on the table, including an “extreme” version that could, if Bugatti really went after it, hit a top speed of 310 mph. The big question, at least with regards to an extreme Chiron, isn’t an “if” question, but, rather, an “is it worth it” question. That won’t be answered immediately, but knowing that it’s on the table means that it could happen. Either way, it doesn’t look like the Chiron is going away anytime soon.
Unique Bugatti La Voiture Noire Pays Tribute to the iconic Atlantic in Geneva
Bugatti just unveiled a brand-new supercar based on the Chiron at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. It’s called La Voiture Noire, it pays tribute to the iconic Type 57 SC Atlantic of the 1930s, and just like the Divo it has a bespoke exterior. Only one was built and sold for a whopping €11 million before taxes.
Details Of the Full-Scale LEGO Bugatti Chiron Are Incredible
Just when you thought you knew everything about the life-sized, brick-version Bugatti Chiron that LEGO created last year, this detailed look at the incredible creation opens up details that we didn’t know about the replica. The credit belongs to the folks over at The Straight Pipes, who managed to get an in-depth look at the LEGO Chiron when it was on display at the 2019 Canadian International Auto Show. We know that this replica was created with over one million bricks. That’s old news. What we didn’t know is that most of the LEGO Chiron’s body is comprised of flexible sheets made of bricks that are shaped like triangles. That’s one of the many details you’ll learn from this 10-minute deep dive into what is arguably the sickest-looking full-scale model that LEGO has ever created.
2019 Bugatti Chiron Sport ‘110 Ans’ Edition
Bugatti is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, and in keeping with its reputation for celebrating anniversaries in style, it’s bringing a special edition Chiron to the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The special edition model, called the Chiron Sport “110 Ans,” is essentially a love letter for Bugatti, from Bugatti. It’s limited to just 20 units, and it’s dressed up in the finest exclusive touches you can find in the business. The special edition ode to Bugatti’s heritage will be the centerpiece of Bugatti’s exhibit in Geneva, though it may or may not be joined by a mysterious one-off hypercar that Bugatti is also rumored to have a spot for in its booth in Geneva. But that’s a different story. This is all about the Bugatti Chiron Sport 110 Ans Edition, a fitting celebratory piece to Bugatti’s long and storied history in the business.
Bugatti Could Redefine The Pricing of One-Off Builds at The Geneva Motor Show
Bugatti is no stranger to shaking up the industry when there’s an opportunity to do so. That “opportunity” could come sooner than we think because of rumors that the super luxury performance brand is developing a one-off creation for the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The whispered price of this one-off? $18 million. Details are still scarce at the point, but it is rumored that this one-off Bugatti has already been built. More importantly, it was built for Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, the former chairman of the Volkswagen Group, and is being launched as part of the automaker’s 110th-anniversary celebration.
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.