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.
2022 Bugatti SUV
Ever since it was brought back to life in the late 1980s, Bugatti has offered only one vehicle at the time. And between the EB110 and the Veyron, there was a 10-year hiatus when the French built only concept cars. This strategy will end soon, as Bugatti finally seems ready to add a second vehicle to its current portfolio, in the form of a luxury, performance-oriented SUV.
Rumors about Bugatti planning to add a second vehicle to the lineup have been flying around ever since the company unveiled the 16C Galibier concept in 2009. For many years, it was believed the Bugatti would finally build a sedan, mostly because the French have developed no fewer than three four-door concept cars since the early 1990s. However, while Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann thinks that a modern version of the Royale limousine would be popular, an SUV makes more sense financially. With that in mind, we rendered what the upcoming Bugatti SUV might look like and gathered all the information we know so far into a speculative review.
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.
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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.
Maxing a Bugatti Veyron on Volkswagen’s special test track is one thing, but doing so on a public road is another. Thankfully it is perfectly legal to try it on unrestricted parts of the German autobahn, which is what this Veyron owner from the Czech Republic did.
Bugatti Could Flip the Super Luxury SUV Market If It Green Lights an SUV
Just when you thought the super-luxury SUV market calmed down with Lamborghini, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce in the fold, Bugatti could enter the fray and turn the whole segment upside down. That’s the word that came out from no less than Bugatti’s own president, Stephan Winkelmann, at the Paris Motor Show. No confirmation has been made on the matter, but Bugatti is legitimately thinking about expanding its lineup, and an SUV reportedly has the inside track on getting greenlit if the company decides to give the Chiron hypercar a stablemate.
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.
Continue reading for the full story.
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?
When Bugatti launched the Veyron back in 2005, it was difficult to imagine a more ridiculous supercar. But the Veyron became much more ridiculous over the years and its successor, the Chiron, added more to that status. But the Chiron lacks a very important feat; it has yet to set a new world speed record for production cars. Whether this will change or not remains a mystery, but Bugatti just moved into a rather surprising direction with the supercar. The French firm redesigned the shell, added more downforce, and renamed it the Divo.
Named after a racing driver from the past, the Divo is essentially a more track-focused version of the Chiron. This is a big thing actually, as both the Veyron and the Chiron are far from agile on the race course. But the Divo retains the luxurious status of the Chiron and, more importantly, it revives Bugatti’s coachbuilding program. How do we like it? Let’s find out below.
25 Incredible Facts About The Stunning Bugatti Divo
Revealed at “The Quail” as part of Monterey Car Week, the new Bugatti Divo represents the next step into the extreme for the company that produces the fastest car on the planet - the Chiron. The new car takes a slightly different approach to life compared to the Chiron. Apart from being extremely fast and ridiculously powerful, the Divo moves a bit more to the dynamism and cornering abilities, so the top speed is its second priority. While it is based on the Chiron, the Divo feels like a new car, and this made me list a number of facts and differences between the Divo and the Chiron.
Now, I did say that the top speed feels like it’s only the second priority for the Divo. Well, that second priority is at 236 mph.
2019 Bugatti Divo
The Bugatti Divo is a track-focused version of the Chiron. It’s also the supercar through which Bugatti revived its coachbuilding tradition after seven decades. Although based on the Chiron, the Divo looks significantly different, boasting what appears to be a new design language.
The Divo isn’t Bugatti’s first attempt to turn the Chiron into a better car at the track. The Chiron Sport was the first to bring enhanced dynamics, but the Divo takes everything to a new level with significantly higher performance in terms of lateral acceleration, agility, and cornering. As Bugatti puts it, the Divo "is made for corners."
Just like the Chiron, the new supercar is named after a famous Bugatti racing driver. This time around, it’s Albert Divo - a two-time winner of the Targa Florio race on the mountainous roads of Sicily in the late 1920s. Unlike the Chiron, which is limited to 500 units, the Divo will be built in only 40 examples. Let’s see what makes it special.
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:
Meet the Bugatti Divo – The Chiron’s Angry Cousin
Buggati has finally revealed the Divo and, as it turns out, it’s basically the Chiron with an attitude problem and an insatiable love for throwing temper tantrums around corners. Seriously – Bugatti took the Chiron, gave it a meaner face, muscular front hood, corner-mounted headlights, and more aggressive side skirts. However, to make room for those side skirts, Bugatti engineers had to reword the side-mounted intakes, which are now smaller than before but have more definition than ever. To compensate for the smaller intakes, the roof has been formed to create a NACA air duct to help keep things cool under the engine’s hood. It’s not all about looks, though is it?
Bugatti Teases the Divo and It Doesn’t Look Like a Chiron
Back in July 2018, Bugatti announced it’s about to launch a "strictly limited model" called the Divo and released a few teaser shots. Naturally, we thought that it would be a special-edition version of the Chiron, but the latest teaser confirms that it’s more than that.
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.
Someone Finally Did It - A Rear-Wheel Drive Bugatti Veyron
People are doing all kinds of insane things on the Internet these days, all in the name of getting noticed. Modifying a Bugatti Veyron to be RWD could certainly fall under that category.
Taking responsibility is Houston Crosta, owner of Royalty Exotic Cars, a Las Vegas-based rental company that specializes in top-shelf machinery.
Why would he do it? Good question. Crosta explains it like this: “when it’s all-wheel drive, 4,000 pounds, the car does not feel fast. It’s going fast, don’t get me wrong. The car beats other cars in a race. But, get in the 720S McLaren, it feels like its gonna kill you.”
Uh, okay. Whatever you say, bruh.
And just like that, Crosta and crew pull the front diff and the front axles. The vid actually provides some interesting views underneath the Veyron while they rip out all the required gear to make it RWD only.
After putting it all back together, sans the stuff to make it AWD, Crosta takes the freshly RWD’d Veyron for a cruise to see how the onboard computer adjusts to the hacked-up drivetrain. All seems well, so you know what happens next - foot down, tires burn.
As a side note, the Veyron uses a special type of Michelin tires that cost $17,000 a set. To unseat them from the Bug’s wheels, you gotta send them back to France and spend $70,000. So yeah, that’s some rather expensive tire smoke.
Congrats dude, you just ruined a $1.5 million car for a YouTube video.
Bugatti Reinvents the T-Top Roof, Makes the Glass Permanent, Calls it Sky View
The T-Top roof design has roots that go back to the late-1940s, but Bugatti has taken the idea, christened it new (since the glass is fixed, of course,) and will offer it as “Sky View” on the Bugatti Chiron. In fairness, it’s not exactly a T-Top since the glass isn’t removable, but that almost seems like a missed opportunity, though, doesn’t it?
According to Bugatti, each glass panel measures 25.5-inches wide and 17.3-inches long. It’s apparently a laminated structure that consists of thin glass and “four intermediate layers.” They are said to reduce noise at speed, reflect infrared radiation, and filer UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation. Bugatti also says that the design of the glass panels improves the stiffness of the roof and has no ill effect on crash safety. The glass panels are also tinted for privacy and actually add in just over an inch of extra headroom in comparison to the standard roof.
Of course, this is nothing new. The T-Top roof design has been around since 1948 when TASCO debuted the styling on a prototype that went nowhere. GM reintroduced it again with the 1968 Chevy Corvette. It’s since been found on a number of cars, with the most prominent example being the Pontiac Trans-Am. The big difference, however, is that all of those cars were fitted with removable glass panels – allowing you to have the luxury of an open roof without the weight or packing of a convertible top. It almost feels as if Bugatti missed the mark here as a T-Top Chiron would be pretty damn cool if Bugatti could manage to keep structural strength intact.
In that case, maybe Bugatti is offering the best it can, as it might be hard to maintain structural stability without a full roof – it’s the same reason third-gen, unibody Camaro’s need subframe connectors to handle any engine with real torque. All that’s left now is pricing, and Bugatti has yet to reveal that tidbit of information. The first Sky View-equipped Chiron will be on display in August at Pebble Beach, so stay tuned for updates and pictures from the scene.
Hello There! Are You The Bugatti Divo?
A heavily wrapped Bugatti Chiron-based prototype has been spotted at the Nurburgring, triggering alarm bells that this model could be none other than the limited edition Divo that Bugatti announced just last week. There are no indications that this test mule is, in fact, the Divo, but with little news on the front of other Chiron derivatives these days, it stands to reason that Bugatti wouldn’t send a prototype to the ‘Ring to do testing if it has no plans to do anything about it.