It’s only $500, but you can’t drive it...

Unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the Bugatti Chiron arrived as proof that the French firm is able to deliver a more extreme version of the record-breaking Veyron. Redesigned from the ground up inside and out and fitted with a more powerful version of the massive 8.0-liter W-16 engine, the Chiron is the new star of the supercar industry and the vehicle many enthusiasts dream about. Unfortunately, the Chiron is no Toyota Corolla and carries a sticker that most of us can’t afford. Unless you’re filthy rich, the best thing you can do right now is replace that huge Veyron poster on the wall with a Chiron print.

But if a piece of paper isn’t enough for you, here’s a Chiron you can probably afford. No, Bugatti isn’t planning to develop an entry-level supercar. The car I’m talking about comes in 1:18th (about 10 inches long) scale and is made of resin and plastic instead of carbon-fiber and aluminum. And while it’s significantly smaller than the real thing, it’s downright accurate as far as detailing goes and it can be had in no fewer than nine exterior colors.

The miniature Chiron is the creation of MR Models, a company that has reduced many exotics down to scale in recent years, including the Veyron, Ferrari LaFerrari, and Lamborghini Aventador.

The craftsmanship is remarkable and the model looks just like the real thing, but there are two downsides to MR Models miniatures. First, their resin construction doesn’t allow for opening features, meaning there’s no access to the engine bay or the cabin, which could feature some amazing details given the scale. Second, they’re not exactly cheap. Pricing for the Chiron isn’t yet available, but MR’s scale models usually fetch close to €400 (nearly $500 in the U.S.), unless you’re lucky enough to get a discount. Still, that’s really affordable compared to the real thing.

If the 1:18 scale is too small for you, the folks over at Amalgam have a 1:8th model for sale. This one has opening parts and far more impressive detailing, but it’s no longer on the affordable side of things. The 22-inch long miniature costs a whopping £7,940, which converts to around $10,400. That’s only $1,600 short of a Nissan Versa Sedan before options. Woof!

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This Is the Bugatti Chiron You Can Probably Afford
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Granted, these miniature cars aren’t exactly cheap (the Amalgam is actually very, very expensive), but compared to the real car’s €2.4 million ($2.68 million) sticker, both seem like bargains. Needless to say, a scale model can never replace the actual full-size thing, but let’s face it, what choice do we have unless we inherit an absurd amount of money?

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty happy with the 70+ vintage sports and race cars I have on my shelf. They only cost a fraction of the billions of dollars I’d need to buy the actual cars. Not to mention the huge "shelf" I would need to park all of them on, the insurance, and all that jazz. It’s a good thing I’m not a big fan of the Chiron and I can spend 500 bucks on something else. Like diesel for the old Renault I have parked outside...

Bugatti Chiron

2018 Bugatti Chiron High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the Bugatti Chiron here.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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