Motoring / Cars and Bikes

Bugatti Chiron Goes Lean, Breaks New Ground

The long-awaited successor to the Veyron is finally here and it looks every inch the monster the world deserves.

Mar 02, 2016 | By Staff Writer

We’ll give you the numbers straightaway. 1,579bhp spread evenly across its four wheels, 0-100km/h under 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 261mph (420kmh). The Bugatti Chiron was made to kick the Bugatti Veyron Supersport to the curb as the world’s fastest production car. This all-wheel drive blue speed-demon is the optimal marriage of fiery power and comfort.

Even as we speak, though, the company is already promising a sports model and convertible with even faster specs coming right up. For those looking for pure driving pleasure, perhaps a future version will ditch the all-wheel drive component.

What’s in the make of a car so devilishly fast? By slashing the weight with an outer shell of carbon fiber, the Chiron tips the scales at 1,995kg to a power-to weight ratio of 741bhp per tonne. That power comes from the 8-liter quad turbo W16 powerplant engine hidden inside.

Visually, it just looks much sharper than the Veyron, with its tighter, sculpted lines at the front cleverly concealing some of the aerodynamics, as well as a cleanly tapered rear dominated by a single strip left-to-right tail lamp.

In the comfort sector, head and leg-room are enhanced by how much wider and slightly taller it is than its predecessor. Wood, leather, carbon fiber, and aluminum on display are in no way diminished.

Bugatti’s head Wolfgang Dürheimer rounded up the car with these words “The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort.”


Images are courtesy of Bugatti.

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