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.
If the Bugatti EB110 Was Front-Engined, It Would Look Like a Corvette
The Bugatti EB110 was one of the wildest supercars to come out of the ’90s. The use of not one, not, two, but four turbochargers never made any sense but, under the leadership of Romano Artioli, it got made anyway to mark the 110th birthday of Ettore Bugatti.
It was luxurious on the inside and, just like in the case of its peers from McLaren or Ferrari, that ludicrous engine sat behind the driver. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if Don Panoz had revived Bugatti instead? Yasid Design writes alternative history.
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.
Times are changing in the car world and it’s not just the small guys that are force to adapt. Change acts as an equalizer more often then not and when it comes to electrification, those that play in the stratospheric leagues of the industry must evolve to, well, keep playing.
Take Bugatti. The carmaker was adamant that it won’t build hybrids and instead focus on pure electric cars. When will that happen nobody knows. However, we expect Bugatti to give its ICE era a proper swan song, one that could look like the La Finale design study, envisioned with a V-12 engine instead of Bugatti’s signature W-16 powerhouse.
This is How Some Bugatti Customers are Configuring the Divo
The Bugatti Divo was unveiled back in 2018, but because production of the Chiron and its version is bespoke, the French carmaker has yet to assemble and deliver all 40 units. Production of the Divo began recently, but with Bugatti’s factory closed off due to the coronavirus pandemic, customers might not get their cars for a while. To keep things interesting, Bugatti is now showing off four builds commissioned by Divo buyers. These are just computer-generated images, but they illustrate the wide range of possibilities inside and out, as well as the fact that all 40 examples will be unique.
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.
Immerse Yourself in the Details Behind the Bugatti Divo’s Development
Bugatti will assemble just 40 Divos. Each one is priced from 5 million euros (around 5.4 million dollars), and that’s before customers get a chance to delve into the options list. Now, you might be inclined to thing that since it already has the Chiron as starting point, Bugatti should stroll through the Divo’s R&D like a hot knife through butter.
In reality, things are a tad more complex. Think a two-year R&D timeframe complex, to start with.
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.
Is This Bugatti EB110 GTR Better Than the Centodieci?
When Bugatti brought the
based Centodieci in Pebble Beach back in 2019, a lot of jaws dropped. Yet as it always happens whenever a new car/special edition breaks out, naysayers were quick to comment that the Centodieci was just another glorified Bugatti with no connection to the original EB110 other than some styling cues.
The thing is, it’s hard not to be subjective when it comes to Bugatti. It’s also pretty hard not to love the brand once you learn its history. But for those who raised their eyebrows at the sight of the Centodieci, here’s a motorsport-y twist on the EB110.
Supercar Blondie Wants You To Enjoy This Video of the Bugatti Atlantic Concept
Like the rest of the world, we’ve been itching for a second Bugatti model – at this point, one that isn’t another special or limited edition version of the Chiron. Over the years, there have been at least a couple of close calls. Think about the Bugatti 16C Galibier, the four-door model that would have propelled the company into super-sedan territory. After its debut, though, it fell into a cesspool of developmental hell and never saw the light of production. Close, but no cigar. Another fine example, was the front-engined, two-door Bugatti Atlantic. Supercar Blondie got the chance to hang out with that very concept, and you should really check out the video below!
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 W-16 Engine Is Pretty Awesome, But What Would a W-18 Be Like?
Drivetribe has released a new video that details what the Bugatti Veyron would have been like had it been based on a trio of Italdesign-designed concept cars that were introduced back in the late 1990s. The EB118, EB218, and Bugatti 18/3 Chiron were all different from one another in various ways, but one thing they had in common was the very odd, naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter W-18 engine. Yeah, you read the right, a W-18. Of course, we all know that the Veyron (and the Chiron, for that matter) was powered by a W-16, so what happened?
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.