New features, more money, less weight

This is the Bugatti Chiron Sport, a car that weighs 18kg (39 pounds) less than the standard Chiron and features a new exhaust layout and carbon-fiber windshield wipers. Of course, that’s not all Bugatti did to make the Chiron Sport, as the suspension is revised, and it does get torque vectoring and a set of new wheels. It’s even a little faster in some circumstances, but it comes at a price: $3.6 million, about $1 million more than its standard brethren.

What Makes the Bugatti Chiron Sport Different?

The Buggati Chiron Sport Weighs Less, Gets Carbon Fiber Wipers and a New Exhaust Layout; Costs an Extra $1 Million Exterior
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You might consider the carbon-fiber windshield wipers a new visual, but they simply shed a little weight

There isn’t a lot that set the Chiron Sport and base model apart visually. The car does come complete with a new pair of wheels and a new four-pipe exhaust deflector around back. You might consider the carbon-fiber windshield wipers a new visual, but they simply shed a little weight and let Bugatti boast the fact that it was the first to put carbon fiber wiper arms on a production car if that’s what you would call the Chiron in the traditional sense, anyway. Inside, the driving mode selector and marketing plate are embossed get a black finish while the door sills feature the “Sport” logo. The center console also takes the “Chiron Sport” logo to further emphasize the car’s designation.

There is a new duo-tone color scheme available that allows you to choose new layouts compared to the standard model. The model displayed in Geneva rocks the Italian Red and “visible grey carbon.” Layout. The Italian red can be replaced with French Racing Blue, Gris Rafale, or Gun Powder grey. As you can see from the model shown here, the choice of any of the aforementioned colors will add the same color to the brake calipers, EB logo on the wheel center caps, the underside of the rear spoiler, the labeling on the intercooler cover. You’ll also notice the red “16” in the grille that denotes the car’s 16-cylinder engine.

The Buggati Chiron Sport Weighs Less, Gets Carbon Fiber Wipers and a New Exhaust Layout; Costs an Extra $1 Million Interior
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The steering wheel gets suede leather while the roof liner is done up in Alcantara – a material that is also found on the A-Pillar, sun visors, and rear wall

The interior of the car gets a lot of black treatment. The black anodized finish can be found on all controls. The steering wheel gets suede leather while the roof liner is done up in Alcantara – a material that is also found on the A-Pillar, sun visors, and rear wall. Meanwhile, the seats are done up in leather as are the door trim panels and the islands on the dashboard. The rest of the interior showcases exposed carbon fiber. Not a bad look, but is it really worth an extra $1 million over the price of the standard Chiron?

Bugatti Chiron Sport Performance

The Buggati Chiron Sport Weighs Less, Gets Carbon Fiber Wipers and a New Exhaust Layout; Costs an Extra $1 Million Exterior
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Bugatti managed to drop a total of 18 kilos or about 39 pounds from the curb weight of the car

Bugatti did nothing to the Chiron Sport to improve power output so that 8.0-liter W-16 still delivers a cool 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. But, it’s not always power that makes a car faster, and that’s the case here. Bugatti managed to drop a total of 18 kilos or about 39 pounds from the curb weight of the car. It was made possible by swapping out a few parts for carbon-fiber alternatives, including the stabilizer, and the intercooler cover. The new wheels are also lightweight, however, Bugatti hasn’t given specifics about how much they weigh or how much lighter they really are.

The only specifics we do have about the weight loss, other than the overall figure, is for the new wiper arms, which shed a total of 1.4 KG or just over three pounds of weight. It doesn’t sound like much, and Bugatti sure is boasting the fact that the Chiron Sport is the first production model to have them, but it is a 77-percent decrease in weight compared to their traditional metal counterparts.

It’s not just about weight loss, though. In fact, Bugatti revised the suspension to make it stiffer and added in a new Dynamic Torque Vectoring function. These few things, plus the weight loss means the Chiron Sport is nimbler that the base Chiron and quicker on the track – five seconds quicker on the Nardo Handling Circuit, to be precise. That said, you can expect the Chiron Sport to corner better and at higher speeds with less body roll and better steering response.

Bugatti Chiron Sport Pricing

The Buggati Chiron Sport Weighs Less, Gets Carbon Fiber Wipers and a New Exhaust Layout; Costs an Extra $1 Million Exterior
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The Bugatti Chiron Sport commands a hefty €2.65 Million or about $3.26 million at current exchange rates

The Bugatti Chiron Sport commands a hefty €2.65 Million or about $3.26 million at current exchange rates. That puts it at about $1 million more expensive than the base Chiron, but that does include transport fees, so it has that going for it.

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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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