Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
At the 2016 Geneva Motor Show Bugatti introduced their amazing Chiron model, continuing the legacy of the Veyron in both exquisite style and incredible performance.
Styling wise, the new Bugatti Chiron is almost identical to the prototype first shown in the Vision Gran Turismo series, with a strong front end, gaping air intakes, squinting full LED headlights, a C-shaped side element and a retry-style split rear window. The driver-oriented interior is dominated by a stylish center console continued with another C-pylon up to the ceiling, which is also LED illuminated. Power is provided by a mammoth 32-injectors quad-turbo 8-liter W16, cranking no less than 1,500 HP and 1,600 Nm of torque. Other wow features include a new titanium exhaust with huge catalytic converters (about 6 times bigger than on a standard car), LMP 1 level rigid monocoque construction, world-first airbag that shoots through carbon fiber, active aerodynamics, adaptive chassis, aerospace facility-tested special tires, F1-technology braking system and a secondary key that enables top speed.
With a top speed of 300 mph (490.484 kph), this is not only the fastest Bugatti ever built, but also the fastest production car on the planet as of September 2019. The heavily modified Bugatti Chiron received a longer back and some extra power from the engine. Also, the “Longtail” back has an important role for aerodynamic efficiency.
Longer, meaner and more powerful, the Chiron Super Sport 300+ was specifically built for the 300 mph car title, and has taken the crown. Also, it is considered a production car, not a unique model, which makes the prize even more valuable.
The modified W16, 8-cylinder engine with four turbochargers develops 1578 hp. Since more internal components are carried-over from the Centodieci (110) model, the gearbox and transmission are the same, with an 8-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel-drive. An interesting fact is that Bugatti made a record-run with the prototype at 304 mph, it then installed a 300 mph speed limiter for the production model.
Only 30 units will be made, with the first one having been sold right when the car was launched. The customer actually signed the papers on top of the first car’s roof. The launch of this new model was showcased with the occasion of the finale of the Grand Tour, a rally that payed an homage to Ettore Bugatti’s life, from Milan to Paris via Molsheim. The price tag is a staggering 3.5 million euro.
Ever since Bugatti revived with the Volkswagen group’s help, it only offered hypercars with over 1000 hp under the hood.
The Chiron was no exception.
In 2016, Bugatti introduced a particular version for the Chiron range. It was the Chiron Sport, like if the regular Chiron was not enough. But this one was a little different. At the front, the four rectangular, LED headlights looked mean in their sharp enclosures. On the grille, shaped like a horseshoe, the carmaker painted the number 16, resembling the car’s W16 engine. From its sides, the car reached the Veyron, while in the back, the carmaker installed an adjustable wing. Compared to the regular Chiron, the Sport version was lighter by 18 kg (36 lbs) than the standard version.
Inside, Bugatti couldn’t go otherwise than with full luxury and expensive materials. It used sued leather for the gear selector and the steering wheel, smooth leather for the seats, the islands on the dashboard, including the instrument cluster trim, and door panels. Some carbon-fiber accents were installed on the center console.
Under the hood, it was the same quad-turbo W16 engine, pumped up to 1500 hp. It sent the power in all corners via a 7-speed automatic (dual-clutch) gearbox. Its performances were not too much improved when compared to the standard Chiron, but due to the improved suspension and aerodynamic, it was better on the corners.
It is built for sports and performance.
The luxury inside is not at the same level at its siblings, but the new Chiron Pur Sport has more things in common with a race car than the other Chiron versions.
The biggest visual difference is the huge 1.9 m (6.2 ft) wing in the back. It is fixed and will stay there even if the car will go 400 kph (248 mph). Another interesting feature is the exhaust, which is 3D printed out of titanium. This production method gives the components very thin walls.
Inside the hypercar there is a combination of Alcantara and carbon fiber. The trims have been reduced to a minimum. Dynamic patterns have been engraved with laser into the door trims to contrast fabric highlights with a metal look. The steering wheel is covered in Alcantara for maximum grip, and at 12 o’clock there is a mark.
The 8.0-liter W16 engine has 1500 hp and 1600 Nm (1180lb-ft) of torque. Even though the Chiron coupe has the same output data, the Pur Sport’s engine is slightly different. It has an increase in the maximum rpm limit by 200 rpm, up to 6900. To get even better performance, the gearbox received different gear ratios, with shorter gaps between the seven speeds available. One of the results is that the 60 -120 kph (37-74 mph) acceleration is two seconds faster than Chiron Coupe. The price for the 40 units is three million euros, plus tax.