How Much Power Does The Bugatti Chiron Really Make?

The Chiron is actually a lot more impressive than you think!

With 1,479 horsepower under the hood, the Bugatti Chiron is far from being the most powerful supercar in the world. In fact, when compared to supercars like Lotus Evija (1,972 horsepower), Rimac Nevera (1,914 horsepower) or even the Hennessey Venom F5 (1,817 horsepower) you could say that the Chiron lost the battle. Still, it is on the top list of the most powerful, fastest supercars in the world. But, does it really deliver the amount of power claimed by Bugatti?

The guys over Cannonball Garage help us find out the truth about the Chiron’s power. They revealed the first video of a Chiron on a dyno!

Lets look at some numbers to put things into perspective. Bugatti claims that the Chiron’s quad-turbo, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine delivers a total of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. The question is, are these fluff numbers to impress automotive outlets? The latest dyno test says No! While running on octane 93, the Chiron delivered final figures at the wheels of 1,369 horsepower and 1,163 pound-feet of torque. You will say that is nowhere near what Bugatti is reporting, but wait!

How Much Power Does The Bugatti Chiron Really Make?
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We have to remind you that in the real world, around 15.9% of the engine’s power is lost through the driveline. And, if we do some more math, from those claimed 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, after taking away the average parasitic loss of 15.9%, we only end up with 1,244 horsepower and 993 pound-feet of torque. Now, when you compare with the dyno results you will notice that the Chiron is actually losing less than 7.5% of its output from the flywheel.

So, it looks like when you ask around $3 million for your supercar, the numbers you report are actually really accurate numbers!

Alina Moore
Alina Moore
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