Bugatti Chiron / 2017
Bugatti Chiron / 2017
The world has a new fastest production car.
Bugatti Chiron. The Numbers
They’re big. The Chiron is shaping up to be the most unbeatable Top Trumps card ever.
It’s powered by an extensively redeveloped version of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16, which produces what is claimed to be the highest figure yet extracted from a production car: 1500 metric horsepower (or 1480bhp). Maximum torque is an equally enormous 1180lb ft, spread between 2000 and 6000rpm.
Top speed is electronically limited for road use(!), to 420km/h (261mph). The limiter’s there primarily for reasons of tyre durability. That actually makes it a touch slower than the Veyron Super Sport’s record V-max of 267mph, but the maths say the Chiron could top 285-287mph or so with the limiter removed. Bugatti isn’t quoting an official unrestricted top speed for the time being.
Nor is there an official 0-62mph just yet, but Bugatti reckons it’ll be ‘less than’ 2.5 seconds.
Bugatti Chiron. The Price
The basic price is €2.4 million.
Bugatti Chiron. The Design
That striking bodywork is said to be partly inspired by elements of the Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, in particular the C-shaped curve that loops from the A-pillar all the way around the rear haunches and back through the front wheel arch – and the central fin from stem to stern, which is intended to be a more subtle version of the prominent similar central seam on the Atlantic.
The Chiron’s been designed with a two-tone colour scheme in mind like the Veyron, but single-colour options will also be available.
Despite its greater top speed, the Chiron is higher and wider than the Veyron and there’s more headroom and footwell space inside as a result.
The interior’s as opulent as you’d expect, with each Chiron’s cockpit tailor-made to its customer’s tastes. Here’s the official line: ‘If customers have special wishes concerning colours or materials, which is rather the rule than the exception at Bugatti, the designers and engineers will do everything in their power to take these into consideration.’
Digital displays sit inside the air-con dials, à la the Audi TT only rather more sophisticated – it’s possible to swap the climate readouts for driving data, so you or your passenger have a second visual on fluid temperatures, pressures, speed, power, fuel, gear selection and more.
Bugatti Chiron. The Statistics
Engine: 7993cc W16 quad-turbo, 1480bhp @ 6700rpm, 1180lb ft @ 2000-6000rpm
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, permanent four-wheel drive with Haldex coupling at front differential, electronically controlled locking rear differential
Suspension: Double-wishbone front and rear, electronically controlled adaptive dampers
Brakes: 420mm discs, eight-piston calipers (front), 400mm discs, six-piston calipers (rear)
Performance: Top speed 261mph (limited for ‘road use’) in Top Speed mode, 236mph in Handling mode, 0-62mph under 2.5sec
Weight: 1995kg dry
… oh, and it’s got wi-fi on board too.