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.

Meet the Chiron, the vehicle Bugatti claims as "the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious, and most exclusive super sports car."

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bugatti Chiron.

  • 2018 Bugatti Chiron
  • Year:
    2018
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  • Engine:
    W16
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    1479
  • Torque @ RPM:
    1180
  • Displacement:
    8.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    261 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    € 2400000
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Bugatti Press Conference in Geneva


Exterior

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As expected, based on the camouflaged prototypes and renderings that previewed the production model, the Chiron is an evolution of the Veyron’s design. Some may call it a bit too conservative, but it’s quite obvious that Bugatti is aiming to keep its existing customer base rather that attract new buyers. I’ve always considered the Veyron to be the ugly duckling of the supercar industry, but I can’t blame Bugatti for designing the Chiron around the Veyron’s already famous looks. Not to mention that the new hypercar is also heavily based on the wild-looking Gran Turismo Concept.

While the redesign might not appear to be significant at first glance, Bugatti's designers made several changes to turn the Veyron into the Chiron

While the redesign might not appear to be significant at first glance, Bugatti’s designers made several changes to turn the Veyron into the Chiron. Unmistakably a Bugatti due to its legendary horseshoe grille, the Chiron received slimmer, four-piece LED headlamps that double as intakes, sending air toward the front brakes. The front hood no longer extends into the bumper and features a more angular V shape that gives the nose a more aggressive appearance. The lower intakes are also slimmer than the Veyron’s, while the apron has been optimized aerodynamically. All the features of the front end has been designed to make the Chiron look as wide as possible. I must say, the new supercar is a lot more menacing.

When viewed from the side, the Chiron is indeed a significant departure from the Veyron. The first thing that catches the eye is the sweeping, C-shaped curve that defines the profile. Reminiscent of classic Bugatti models such as the Type 57, the "Bugatti Line" also acts as an aerodynamic device, optimizing airflow into the side intakes, which channel it into the massive 16-cylinder engine.

Around back, the Chiron is actually a toned down version of the Gran Turismo Concept. Specifically designed to reduce drag and create a suction effect that draws the hot air off the engine, the rear fascia is actually a three-piece intake with a big diffuser with a 1.6-meter (5.2 feet) wide taillights strip consisting of 82 LEDs. The Veyron’s massive, center-mounted outlet has been replaced by a twin-pipe exhaust, while the diffuser seems taken off a full-fledged race car. The engine hood was also reshaped and Bugatti ditched the Veyron’s humps in favor of a more aerodynamic, flying buttress design. The Chiron also received a central fin in a nod to the iconic Type 57SC Atlantic.

Here depicted in the classic two-tone blue that made Bugatti famous, the Chiron will most likely become available in a wide array of colors and finishes, including a bare carbon-fiber option. The Veyron was one of the most customizable supercars on the market and the Chiron is expected to at least match that.

All told, Bugatti’s new supercar feels more modern compared to the Veyron, but much like its predecessor, its design is also of the "love it or hate it" variety.

Interior

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There's not even an inch of plastic inside, with every surface being either carbon-fiber, aluminum, or covered in fine leather.

Like most Bugatti interiors, the cabin of the Chiron is a masterpiece. Much like it did with the Veyron, the French managed to find the perfect balance between sportiness and luxury, setting the Chiron apart from any other hypercar in this segment. There’s not even an inch of plastic inside, with every surface being either carbon-fiber, aluminum, or covered in fine leather. The overall design is rather simple, but the organic lines give it a modern feel. While the exterior is still based on the Veyron’s, the interior tells a different story. Bugatti redesigned every single panel and button. The wide center stack of the Veyron has been replaced by a narrower unit with four horizontally oriented buttons with tiny displays in them. This makes the interior feel roomier and it is loosely based on the Gran Turismo Concept’s.

The instrument cluster is also new, with the two smaller gauges being replaced by TFT screens. The one of the right display the navigation map. The main gauge is simple and classy, featuring while dials with a blue background light. The speedometer runs all the way up to 500 km/h (310 mph). The two-tone steering wheel has a flat bottom, aluminum spokes, and blue buttons – the latter being a feature not even offered on the Veyron. Naturally, the seats are said to be more comfortable than any other supercar, but also provide the utmost support for spirited driving.

Like any luxury car, the Chiron comes with a premium, state-of-the-art sound system, featuring a one-carat diamond membrane on each of the four tweeters. Talk about crystal-clear sound quality, huh? The tweeters are the only features to contain precious materials; the "Bugatti" emblem is made from enamel and solid silver. A cooled glove box rounds out the Chiron’s fancy interior.

While this Bugatti may put many expensive limousines to shame in terms of convenience and luxury features, it won’t be able to match a full-size sedan for roominess. However, Bugatti engineers made a few improvements, managing to obtain an extra 12 mm (0.47 inches) of headroom. It might not sound like much, but this will allow taller drivers to fit inside and enable customers to drive the car with a helmet.

Drivetrain

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Having set so many records with the Veyron, Bugatti had no option but to up the ante and develop a supercar that is quicker and more powerful than its predecessor. Thankfully, the Chiron is up for it with an upgraded quad-turbo, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine. And despite rumors of a hybrid drivetrain, there’s no electric motor under the body. Not that we would mind...

The revised mill now cranks out a whopping 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque

The revised mill now cranks out a whopping 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the Veyron SuperSport, it’s a 296-horsepower and 74-pound-feet improvement. These new figures make the Chiron significantly more powerful than the Koenigsegg One:1, with the Bugatti having an extra 139 horses at its disposal. However, the Chiron is heavier than the Swedish supercar at 4,398 pounds.

Bugatti says the Chiron will hit 62 mph from a standing start in less than 2.5 seconds. Also, the sprint to 124 mph will take less than 6.5 ticks, while 0-to-186 mph will be achieved in under 13.6 second. Just to give you an idea about the Chiron’s incredible power, the Lamborghini Centenario needs ten seconds more to reach 186 mph! What’s more, the Bugatti is nearly three seconds quicker than the McLaren P1 and a second faster than the Veyron SuperSport.

As for top speed, Bugatti has limited the Chiron to 261 mph as a safety measure for road-travel

As for top speed, Bugatti has limited the Chiron to 261 mph as a safety measure for road-travel. That’s three mph more than the Veyron SS, but the Chiron will do more for its record-setting attempt. The Veyron, for instance, has a Guinness Book record for 257.87 mph, but that figure is achieved with the electronic limiter fitted in every production model. Without the limiter, the Veyron SS is capable of 267.857 mph. Expect the Chiron to surpass the 270-mph mark on the test track, even though the production model won’t be able to do the same for safety reasons. Early reports claimed that the Chrion would do 286 mph, but that figure doesn’t seem likely at this point.

The car’s enormous power comes from four large turbos that help deliver maximum torque from as low as 2,000 rpm. In order to use them, the engine needs no fewer than 60,000 liters of air every minute. Cooling the engine was probably a major issue during development.

Chassis, Suspension and Brakes

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Underneath the revised body lies a new carbon-fiber monococque with a carbon rear subframe designed to boost rigidity. The brand didn’t provide many details, but did say that torsional stiffness has been improved, while the car should be more nimble thanks to a new electric steering system and redesigned suspension.

Stopping power comes from lighter and thicker discs made from carbon silicon carbide, a material that's lighter and more durable

Stopping power comes from lighter and thicker discs made from carbon silicon carbide, a material that’s lighter and more durable. Eight-piston calipers are used at the front, with six-piston units mounted at the rear.

Specifically developed Michelin tires wrap the new and larger rims, measuring 20-inch front and 21-inch rear. The tires are 14 percent wider at the front and 12 perfect wider at the rear in order to handle all that extra power and the higher top speed.

Despite these improvements, the Chiron is far from being a track-prepped supercar. Much like its predecessor, which was developed mainly to break the speed record, the Chiron doesn’t have the skills to set records at the track, while its power-to-weight ratio is inferior to most high-end supercars.

Pricing

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Pricing for the Chiron is set at €2.4 million before options, which converts to around $2.61 as of March 2016. Specific pricing for the U.S. market has yet to be announced. Production will be limited to 500 units, 50 more than the Veyron. Bugatti says it has taken orders for one third of the total production, meaning that at least 150 have been sold. Expect the 500-unit run to also include the roadster and special-edition version that will be launched. And if the Veyron is any indication, there will be a lot of them.

Competitors

Koenigsegg One:1

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Koenigsegg is planning on breaking a few records with the Agera R and One:1.

While the first-generation Bugatti Veyron was pitted against the McLaren F1, the Chiron will be developed with supercars such as the Koenigsegg One:1 in mind. And the Swedish rocket is hard to beat with 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque under the hood. The oomph comes from a twin-turbocharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine and enables the One:1 to sprint from naught to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Top speed estimated stand at 248 mph, but Koenigsegg claims its latest creation can top that, although the company has yet to prove it. With only six units costing $2.4 million each ever produced, the One:1 has been sold out since 2014.

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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It’s obviously way too early for a conclusion here, but the Chiron will likely be at least as successful as the Veyron and get a lot of attention from both the media and gearheads. Bugatti will again make use of its bespoke program to roll out a multitude of limited-edition models and offer virtually unlimited ways to customize the supercar. Look for a new world record attempt and special editions paying tribute to Bugatti’s glorious past .

On the flip side, like the Veyron, the Chiron will lack any racing ability at the track and be more of a garage queen rather than a supercar you can hoon at the Nürburgring or Laguna Seca over the weekend. And it all has to do with Bugatti’s pride to build the world’s fastest production car. However, this won’t alter the Chiron’s image, which already benefits from the massive cachet Bugatti build around itself with the Veyron. The Chiron will be a massive success, the new dream machine of the 21st century. It will be a supercar most gearheads will worship and the vehicle we will be sad to say goodbye to once all 500 units will be produced. Very few cars become legends the day they are launch, and the Chiron is one of them.

  • Leave it
    • * Still heavier than its competitors
    • * No racing abilities
    • * Incredibly expensive

Brief History

Launched in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron was offered with a quad-turbo, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine that delivered 1,001 horsepower and a luxury-packed interior. The initial version became the fastest production car with a top speed of 253.81 mph.

In 2010, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was revealed with 1,200 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque and revised aerodynamics. It immediately updated the top speed record to 267.85 mph.

Last year, Bugatti also grabbed the Guinness World Record for the fastest production roadster with the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which reached an average 254.04 mph.

Since 2005, Bugatti produced more than 30 special edition versions of the Veyron. Most of them were either unique or built in as many as three units.

Update History

Update 08-19-2016: The Bugatti Chiron was welcomed with open arms for its U.S. Debut at the Quail Motorsports Gathering. Check out our review below to see all the new images of the Chiron enjoying its first breaths of fresh California air.

Updated 06/27/2016: Bugatti dropped two new video for its latest Chiron supercar. The first one was shot at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and includes on track footage and drivers parade, while the second one is an on board footage shot at the 2016 Goodwood Festival Of Speed. Hit "Play" to watch them.

Updated 06/24/2016: The new Bugatti Chiron made its UK premiere at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed where it was piloted by British racing driver and Le Mans winner Andy Wallace. Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. said at the event: "We are pleased to be able to present the Chiron at this highly traditional event as its UK premiere and would like to thank Lord March for his hospitality."

Updated 06/21/2016: Bugatti dropped a new video showing the new Chiron in action at the Drivers Parade on the eve of 24h of Le Mans race. Hit "play" to watch it.

Updated 03/08/2016: Bugatti launched a small web configurator for the new Chiron that allows us to see the new supercar in every possible exterior color. Check it out and let us know in the comments section bellow what color suits the new supercar the best.

Updated 03/03/2016: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official presentation at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Click the "Pictures" tab to check them out!

Updated 02/29/2016: The new Bugatti Chiron made its world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Updated 12/21/2015: The upcoming Bugatti Chiron was caught testing once again, and in a strange move, Bugatti put it next to supercars like Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini Huracan and BMW i8. Hit "play" to get a new look at the upcoming Chiron supercar.

Updated 12/18/2015: Bugatti dropped a new teaser image for its upcoming Chiron supercar and confirmed once again the model will make its official debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Updated 11/30/2015: Bugatti officially confirmed that its new model will be indeed called "Chiron" and it will be unveiled in March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was named after Louis Chiron - a legendary racing driver who won virtually all the major grands prix for the brand in the 1920s and 1930s. Also, the future Chiron was described by the company as "the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car."

Updated 11/06/2015: Thanks to the guys over Autobild we can now have a clear look at Chiron’s front look. Luckily, the supercar was caught between a a stone wall and a lumber-carrying truck - and this was the perfect opportunity to take a few shots of the car.

Updated 09/28/2015: Based on the recent spy shots and speculations, we decided to create a rendering for the upcoming Chiron. We hope you like it!

Updated 08/31/2015: A new report indicates that the upcoming Chiron will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and will be put on sale at a starting price of 2.2 million euro.

Updated 08/13/2015: Bugatti dropped a first teaser video for its upcoming supercar, announcing us that "new chapter begins." This could be of course another confirmation of the fact that the new Chiron could be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours.

Updated 08/12/2015: The upcoming Bugatti Chiron was spotted at an airport in Los Angeles, which could mean that it might be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Updated 12/11/2014: New details about the Veyron successor reveal that the model will in fact be called Chiron (pronounced Shir-on) and should be unveiled in 2016. The model is rumored to deliver up to 1,500 horsepower and to hit a top speed of 288 mph — an increase of 18 mph over the Veyron Super Sport. Also, on the inside the model will get a speedometer that will span to 500 km/h (312 mph). The model is rumored to be priced at about $2.5 million. (Automobile Magazine)

Updated 08/06/2014: According to the British magazine Autocar, the future Veyron successor will be powered by a heavily updated, turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine combined with hybrid technology for a total output of 1,479 horsepower. This will allow the supercar to hit a top speed of 286 mph. The car is already in the initial conceptual engineering tests and will be unveiled in 2016. Deliveries will begin in 2017.

Countdown

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Spy Shots

August 12, 2015 - Bugatti Chiron caught in Los Angeles

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April 14, 2014 - First Testing Session:

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Rendering

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Press Release

The Chiron is the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car
With the Chiron, Bugatti has made the best even better
The Chiron is the world’s first production sports car with 1,500 HP
With torque of 1,600 Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm, the Chiron offers maximum performance with outstanding control in all speed ranges
Maximum speed: 420 km/h, limited for road travel
The Chiron is ready for a new world speed record
Acceleration: from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds
The Chiron is limited to a series of 500 units
Market launch in autumn 2016
Basic price: €2.4 million net
Advance orders have already been received for one third of the total production
Unique market position thanks to the unprecedented combination of ultimate performance with exclusive design and comfort
The Chiron embodies Bugatti’s new design language

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Bugatti is celebrating a world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show: the French luxury brand is unveiling the Bugatti Chiron, the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car in the world. The Chiron is the latest generation of the ultimate super sports car and is a completely new development. The sports car manufacturer from Molsheim, with its long tradition, has taken the unique features of a modern Bugatti to a new level and developed a high-performance machine that has become significantly better in every respect. With a power output of 1,500 HP, unprecedented for production vehicles, an exceptionally high torque value of 1,600 Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm and a wide variety of technical innovations, the Chiron sets new standards in every respect. The Chiron is therefore very well-positioned to become the next world speed record holder and reach a maximum speed significantly above the record currently held by Bugatti. The manufacturer has limited the maximum speed of the new car to 420 km/h for road use. The Chiron is to be built at the company’s headquarters in Molsheim. Only 500 of these exceptional cars are to be produced. The basic price is €2.4 million net. Currently, advance orders have been received for one third of the total production run. The first vehicle is due to be delivered to a customer this autumn.

“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 S.A.S., at the presentation of the Chiron. “The Chiron is the result of our efforts to make the best even better.”

With the Chiron, the Bugatti President said that Bugatti had left the dimensions which define the operations of all market players and had established new paradigms that had previously not existed. “Bugatti has tested the limits of physics. There is no area where we have not achieved significant improvements.“

The Bugatti Chiron is the world’s first super sports car to bring 1,500 HP onto the road with a torque of 1.600 Nm at 2,000 to 6,000 rpm with tremendous effectiveness, extremely high safety levels and unprecedented comfort.

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This is the result of the legendary and unique eight-litre W16 engine that has been newly developed by Bugatti. In combination with the four new, larger turbochargers that are controlled by the Bugatti two-stage turbocharging, an innovation that Bugatti is introducing, and a large number of other technical refinements and innovations, maximum performance is available constantly and can be easily controlled at all speeds. In its Top Speed mode, the car reaches the maximum speed of 420 km/h, limited for road use – however, this is by no means the end of the road for the Bugatti Chiron.

With the new carbon fibre monocoque, a newly designed adaptive chassis, tyres developed especially for Bugatti and other innovative technologies, the Chiron is not only a champion in terms of maximum acceleration but is, for the first time, also an agile, modern Bugatti with handling that ensures maximum driving pleasure.

The design of the Chiron combines significantly more “beast” with a very high level of “beauty”. The design language introduced by Bugatti with the Chiron has a significantly more aggressive tone and does justice to the character of the new super sports car. The designers have succeeded in reinterpreting Bugatti’s DNA with its distinctive features in a modern manifestation at the same time as adding new features resulting from the technical demands of even higher performance. The Chiron remains unmistakably a Bugatti.

“The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer. “This combination is not offered by any other market player and gives Bugatti its unique market position.”

“Our customers form an exclusive group of automobile collectors who are searching for the very best. With the Veyron, they have the best production sports car of the past 10 years,” Dürheimer continues. “This is why their demands and expectations for our next step – the Chiron – were so high.“

Customers’ reactions show that Bugatti has hit the mark. Advance orders have already been received for one third of the production series. “Those who have already considered Bugatti and its unique features in connection with the purchase of a Veyron will find there is no way they can ignore the Chiron,” according to Wolfgang Dürheimer.

“With the Chiron we will not only be providing a key emotional element for the image of the Volkswagen Group but will also be making a positive contribution to Group results,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer.

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The Chiron can be seen on the Bugatti stand in Hall 1 at the Geneva International Motor Show from March 1 to 13.

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