The Geneva Motor Show is known for big and grand announcements from the auto industry and Bugatti’s global debut of their Chiron qualifies as something special, indeed. As the world’s first production car with 1,479 horsepower, the Chiron achieves its hypercar status without the help of electric motors. Something the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, or LaFerrari cannot claim. The Chiron relies solely on the “old-fashioned” 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine. Torque is a mind-blowing 1,180 lb-ft between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm. Could the new Bugatti Chiron be set to crush speed records set by the Veyron?
“If we went with hybrid, we would have added additional weight. We would have experienced package constraints, too, because this car doesn’t have any areas where you can put additional stuff, so the styling would need to change,” Wolfgang Durheimer, Bugatti’s CEO explained. “We will dramatically raise the bar in terms of top speed, we will dramatically increase the power by 25 percent, the aerodynamics are better, the road holding is better. We didn’t need a hybrid.”
Source: Top Gear
Bugatti reports the Chiron can go from zero to 62 mph (0 – 100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 261 mph (420 km/h) when the 8.0-liter, quad-turbo W16 engine is uncorked.
If you want one, get in line fast. Bugatti says more than one-third of the production quota of 500 units has already been spoken for. The base price of the Chiron starts at $2.6 million (€2.4 million).
In this ‘everything you ever wanted to know’ TFLcar video with chief designer of the Bugatti Chiron, learn more how “form follows performance” influenced this hypercar’s development.