Improved handling turns the Chiron into a slightly better track car

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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Bugatti Chiron Sport.

  • 2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    W16
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    1479
  • Torque @ RPM:
    1180
  • Displacement:
    8.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    261 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • size:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

Bugatti Chiron Sport Exterior

  • New, lighter wheels
  • Carbon-fiber wipers
  • Four-pipe exhaust layout
  • New two-tone paints
  • Painted C-shaped trim
  • Grey carbon rear section
  • Number 16 painted on grille
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The Chiron Sport features carbon-fiber windscreen wipers, a premiere for the auto industry

The Chiron Sport might look identical to the standard model, but if you look close enough, you will notice a handful of new features. Up front, there’s only one detail to the talk about; the number "16" painted on the grille. Added as a reference to the number of cylinders under the hood, it’s also a throwback to Bugatti race cars from the 1920s that had their competition numbers painted on the radiators. Onto the sides, we can see a new wheel design. Not only different in appearance, but these new rims are also lighter. The new wheels are also available in a variety of color combinations depending on the two-tone body finish.

Not very obvious but equally important when it comes to weight savings, the Chiron Sport features carbon-fiber windscreen wipers, a premiere for the auto industry. Not only lighter, they also have a brand-new design that no longer needs the articulated joints which normally feature on conventional wipers. The function of these joints has been integrated into the carbon fibre structure of the wiper arms, while the tips, which are made from aluminum, are produced by a weight-saving 3D printing process. The weight savings are quite notable, as the new carbon-fiber wipers are 77 percent or 1.4 kg (3.1 pounds) lighter than their predecessors.

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There’s a new exhaust pipe layout with four tips instead of the dual rectangular design on the standard Chiron

Things remain unchanged around back, but there’s a new exhaust pipe layout with four tips instead of the dual rectangular design on the standard Chiron. Besides giving the car a more motorsport-inspired look, it also reduces the weight.

In addition to all of the above, there is an optional color and trim package allowing customers to further customize the appearance of the car. As an example, the presentation model features an Italian Red front section and a grey carbon-fiber rear section. The C-shaped trim around the doors, usually offered in aluminum, is finished in the same Italian Red on this car, as are the brake calipers, the "EB" logos on the hubcaps, and the underside of the rear spoiler. Other options besides red include French Racing Blue, Gris Rafale (silver) and Gun Powder (dark grey). The color of the number "16" on the front grille is included in this package as well.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Interior

  • Anodized buttons
  • "Sport" logo on side sills
  • Suede leather steering wheel
  • Alcantara roof lines
  • Leather seats
  • Carbon-fiber dashboard
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The dashboard, the backrests, and the steering column housing are made from exposed carbon-fiber

There are plenty of changes to talk about in the cabin too. The engine starter button, the driving mode selector mode on the steering wheel, and the marketing plate now have an anodized finish. There’s a "Sport" logo on the side sills and an insert on the central console with an embroidered "Chiron Sport" logo.

The steering wheel and selector lever are covered with suede leather, while the roof liner including the A-pillar and sun blinds, the rear wall trim, the sill trims, the lower part of the central console, the insides of the seat side cushions, and the boot lining are wrapped in Alcantara.

Smooth leather was used for the seats, the door trims, the islands on the dashboard including the instrument cluster trim, the airbag container on the steering wheel, and the armrest and insert of the central console. Finally, the dashboard itself, the backrests, and the steering column housing are made from exposed carbon-fiber.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Drivetrain

  • Same engine as Chiron
  • 1,479 horsepower
  • 1,180 pound-feet
  • 40 pounds lighter
  • 10 percent stiffer suspension
  • Improved handling
  • Dynamic Torque Vectoring
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Bugatti claims that the Chiron Sport benefits from significantly improved handling and greater agility

Despite the Sport name, the engine carries over unchanged from the standard Chiron, so the quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16 cranks out the same 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Not that anyone would complain about not having enough oomph. But Bugatti made a few updates in other drivetrain department, as it claims that the Chiron Sport benefits from significantly improved handling and greater agility.

Specifically, the French firm developed a new dynamic handling package that includes a stiffer suspension with new control strategy for the shock absorbers. The latter are also 10 percent stiffer than usual. The new suspension setup and the revised steering come into effect when the new "Handling" mode is activated. But upgrades don’t stop here. The rear-axle differential has been optimized too and the car now features a Dynamic Torque Vectoring function that distributes torque individually to the wheels on each side. This update improves the steering behavior and agility of the vehicle, especially in tight curves.

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A new dynamic handling package includes a stiffer suspension with new control strategy for the shock absorbers

The Chiron Sport is also 18 kg (39.7 pounds) lighter than the standard model thanks to the new wheels, the carbon-fiber wipers, stabilizer bar, and intercooler cover, and the lighter rear window. It might not sound like much given that the car tips the scales at around 4,360 pounds, but makes a difference on the race track, where the Chiron Sport corners significantly faster. Bugatti says that lap times on the Nardo circuit have improved by five seconds compared to the regular Chiron.

Performance numbers are not yet available, but it’s safe to assume that the Chiron Sport needs the same 2.5 seconds to hit 62 mph from a standing start, while top speed remains locked at 261 mph.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Prices

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Pricing for the Chiron Sport starts from €2.65 million in Europe and from $3.26 million on the U.S. market. The sticker includes transport, customs duties, taxes, and fees. That’s a 10 percent increase over the standard Chiron. If you want the optional color and trim package, things get even more expensive at €2.98 million in Europe and $3.67 million in North America. First deliveries are planned for the end of 2018. Bugatti didn’t say how many of the 500 planned units of the Chiron will get the Sport treatment.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Competition

Zenvo TSR-S

2019 Zenvo TSR-S Exterior
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A brand-new model, the TSR-S bridges the gap between the road-legal TS1 and the track-only TSR. In short, it has the ability to race at the track, but it’s still legal for road use. But unlike the Chiron Sport, it has a more radical appearance and more complex aerodynamics. Beyond the usual features seen on track-ready models, the TSR-S also has an innovative rear wing with two rotational axes. It helps the car generate more than three times more downforce than the TS1 GT and improves braking, cornering stability, and inner tire grip. It’s quite powerful too, using a twin-supercharged, 5.9-liter V-8 rated at up to 1,177 horsepower. It can also be used in a milder driving more that limits the output to 700 horses. A two-stage gearbox enables the driver to use a standard road configuration and a more brutal, power-shift setting for track action. Needless to say, the TSR-S is significantly more agile than the Chiron Sport at the track. And it’s lighter too. Pricing is not yet available, but it should cost around $2 million before options. Only five units are built per year, so it’s pretty exclusive, even when compared to a Bugatti.

Read our full review of the 2019 Zenvo TSR-S.

Koenigsegg Agera RS

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The Agera RS is arguably one of the greatest supercars that come with more than 1,000 horsepower. Designed and built in Sweden, the Agera RS is one of the quickest and most potent supercars out there, being powered by a twin-turbo, 5.0-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 1,341 horsepower. The supercar also holds a few world record for acceleration, braking, and top speed. The Swedish supercar is the world’s fastest since November 6, 2017, when it hit an average top speed of 277.9 mph, around ten mph more than the previous record holder, the Bugatti Veyron. The only issue with the Agera RS is that you can’t really buy it anymore with the remaining units already sold out.

Read our full story on the 2017 Koenigsegg Agera RS.

Conclusion

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There’s absolutely no argument against the Bugatti Veyron when it comes to output, acceleration times, and top speed, but much like the Veyron, the Chiron is far from being a potent track car. I’m not saying that it can’t post solid lap time on any circuit around the world, but compared to other vehicles in this niche, it’s quite heavy and not as nimble as the Bugatti heritage suggests. And that’s what the French firm was trying to change with the Chiron Sport. Unfortunately, although it’s better at cornering, this version of the Chiron is still a heavy supercar with incredible power. At nearly 4,400 pounds, it’s slightly heavier than a stock 7 Series and more than 1,200 pounds heavier than the Koenigisegg Agera RS. I guess this saying everything if you’re looking for a track-potent supercar.

  • Leave it
    • * Not exactly a track car yet
    • * Very, very expensive

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Press release

Chiron Sport is a new version of the Chiron
Bugatti hones the Chiron and gives the Sport version, which has the
same power output and performance data, significantly improved
handling and even greater agility
Dynamic handling package with stiffer suspension and new Dynamic
Torque Vectoring function
Weight reduction of 18 kilograms
Chiron Sport corners significantly faster: lap times on Nardò handling
circuit five seconds better than with Chiron
Bugatti has developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even
sportier driving experience with their Chiron, with improved lateral
dynamics on winding roads
Chiron Sport distinguished by a new wheel design and four-pipe exhaust
deflector
Chiron Sport is the first production vehicle in the automotive industry
with carbon fibre windscreen wipers
Base price is €2.65 million net (US market: US$3.26 million including
transport, customs duties, taxes and fees)
Customers can choose individual colour and trim options to give their
car an even sportier appearance
First deliveries are planned for the end of the year

Bugatti has honed the Chiron1 and is offering a Sport version of its 1,500 PS super sports car two years after its world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show. At the same venue this year, the French luxury brand is presenting the Chiron Sport2 which offers significantly improved handling and even greater agility with no change in the power or performance data. For this purpose, Bugatti has developed a dynamic handling package and reduced the weight of its car by about 18 kilograms. As a result, the Chiron Sport reaches higher cornering speeds and can lap the Nardò handling circuit in the south of Italy five seconds faster than the Chiron. The main differences between the appearance of the Chiron Sport and the standard version are a new wheel design and new four-pipe exhaust deflector. The basic price of the Chiron Sport is €2.65 million net. A base price of US$3.26 million including transport, customs duties, taxes and fees has been set for the US market. In addition, there is an optional colour and trim package allowing customers to individually tailor the sporty appearance of their Chiron Sport. It is planned to deliver the first vehicles to customers at the end of the year.

“We have developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even sportier driving experience with their Chiron, with improved lateral dynamics on winding roads,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “What was important for us was to leave unchanged the unique character of the Chiron, its combination of ultimate performance, longitudinal acceleration and maximum speed with luxury, comfort and everyday usability.”

This is why the extreme power and performance data of the Chiron as well as the ease and
convenience of driving remain unchanged. There is however a significant improvement in the
handling of the Chiron Sport.

“The Chiron Sport has become perceptibly more nimble and its new agility, especially in tight corners makes for a much more emotional experience for the driver on winding roads and handling circuits,” Winkelmann continues.

Dynamic handling package and lighter weight make Chiron Sport faster

The Chiron Sport benefits from a new dynamic handling package. The Bugatti developers have defined a stiffer suspension. This includes a new control strategy for the shock absorbers, which react 10 percent more stiffly than on the Chiron on average. The steering has also been modified without sacrificing its outstanding direct feel and its calculable performance. These new settings only take effect in the Handling mode of the Chiron Sport, which is therefore distinguished from the EB mode more clearly for the driver.

In addition to these changes, the rear-axle differential has been optimised and the car now features a Dynamic Torque Vectoring function that distributes torque individually to the wheels on each side, significantly improving the steering behaviour and agility of the vehicle, especially in tight curves. This change is effective in all driving modes.

One of the modifications which make the Chiron Sport more nimble is a weight reduction of about 18 kilograms, thanks to the use of new lightweight parts. The greatest savings were possible as a result of the new lightweight wheels, together with increased use of carbon fibre, for example for the stabiliser, the intercooler cover or the newly developed windscreen wipers. The Chiron Sport also features lighter glass in the rear window and a new, lighter exhaust deflector.

As a result, the Chiron Sport has become even more responsive and corners even faster. On the handling course of the Nardò test circuit, Bugatti developers recorded a lap time which is five seconds faster than the base Chiron model. Due to its design the Nardò circuit is especially well-suited as a reference track for the Chiron, as the super sports car can reach its full handling potential even at cornering speeds in excess of 200 km/h.

Bugatti is the first manufacturer to develop a carbon fibre windscreen wiper

The windscreen wiper arms developed by Bugatti for the Chiron Sport are an interesting technical detail. This is the first production car to feature windscreen wiper arms made from carbon fibre. This new development means that Bugatti no longer needs the articulated joints which normally feature on conventional wipers. The function of these joints has been integrated into the carbon fibre structure of the wiper arms. In addition, the wiper arm tips, which are made from aluminium, are produced by a weight-saving 3-D printing process. This means that the new carbon fibre wipers are 77 percent or 1.4 kg lighter than their
predecessors.

In addition, thanks to the new material, the wiper arms have a new profile that allows
improved aerodynamic properties.

New wheel rims and exhaust deflector distinguish Chiron Sport from Chiron

At first glance, the Chiron Sport can be recognised by its new “Course” alloy wheel rims and the new exhaust deflector, which has four round tailpipes instead of the rectangular design used on the Chiron. In addition, the Sport version has a number of design features that underline its identity as a Chiron Sport. For example, the engine starter button and the driving mode selector knob on the steering wheel as well as the marketing plate have an anodised black finish, the “Sport” logo is in evidence on the door sill strips and there is an insert on the central console with an embroidered “Chiron Sport” logo.

More colour and trim options available for an even sportier look

In addition, Bugatti’s design team has created a package of colour and trim options for the Chiron Sport allowing customers to give their vehicles the sportiest look possible. The Chiron Sport on show in Geneva features all the options available.

The vehicle body has a classic duo-tone colour scheme. The A-colour at the rear of the
vehicle is determined by visible grey carbon; Italian Red paintwork at the front represents the B-colour. Apart from red, the colours available are “French Racing Blue”, the silver tone “Gris Rafale” and a dark grey “Gun Powder”.

The distinctive Bugatti side line, a C-shaped trim strip made from aluminium alloy, is paintedin the B-colour, in this case “Italian Red”. This red tone is also to be found on the brake calipers, the EB logo on the hubcaps, the underside of the rear spoiler and in the labelling on the intercooler cover. Here, it creates an exciting contrast with the “Gun Powder” grey of the carbon fibre intercooler cover and the same tone which is used for paintwork on the wheel rims, the aluminium bezel of the Chiron’s iconic rear lights, the EB logo on the rear and the famous Bugatti horseshoe on the radiator grille.

A red “16” is positioned prominently on the black-painted grid of the radiator grille – referring to the number of cylinders which gives the Chiron engine its unique position.

Black is the dominant colour of the interior. All the controls of the car have a black anodised finish. The steering wheel and selector lever are covered with suede leather. In addition, Bugatti has used three materials for the styling of the interior: Alcantara for the roof liner including the A-pillar and sun blinds, the rear wall trim, the sill trims, the lower part of the central console, the insides of the seat side cushions and the boot lining. Smooth leather is used for the seats, the inside door trims, the islands on the dashboard including the instrument cluster trim, the airbag container on the steering wheel and the armrest and insert of the central console. Finally, the dashboard itself, the door trims, the rears of the backrests and the steering column housing are made from exposed carbon fibre.

The B-colour of the exterior, “Italian Red” on the Geneva show car, is used to create
restrained but distinctive accents in the interior, for example on the stitching, the safety belt,
the surround of the C-shaped light bar in the centre of the vehicle, the back of the rear-view
mirror and the lining of the central console stowage compartment.

Including this optional colour and trim package, the Chiron Sport on show in Geneva costs
€2.98 million net (US market: US$3.672 million gross), which probably makes it the most
expensive production car on display at this year’s show.

The International Motor Show is being held at the Palexpo exhibition centre in Geneva from 8
to 18 March 2018. The Bugatti stand is in Hall 1.

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