Bugatti has unveiled the Chiron, a 1,500-horsepower successor to the Veyron successor last March 1 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in which the French carmaker claimed is the “most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car in the world.”
The name was chosen in honor of Louis Chiron, a race car driver from Monte Carlo who is the oldest Formula One driver in history.
“Our customers form an exclusive group of automobile collectors who are searching for the very best. With the Veyron, they have the best production sports car of the past 10 years,” Bugatti Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Durheimer said in a statement. “This is why their demands and expectations for our next step – the Chiron – were so high.“
Only 500 Chirons will be produced and 170 have already been preordered. The car will be delivered to its first customer later this year.
New components, same engine
Powering the Chiron is the same 8.0-liter direct-injection quad-turbo W-16 engine found in the Veyron, but is heavily updated to produce an estimated 1,500 horsepower and 1,600 Newton-meters of torque, sending all of the fury to all four wheels.
All four turbos are electronically controlled to eliminate lag and two turbochargers operate at low speeds for better response and the other two will be operated once the engine hits 3,800 revolutions per minute.
Immense power under the bonnet requires a lot of cooling, so like the Veyron, the Chiron has a rolling heat-exchanger farm that has more than 13 gallons of coolant circulating through two separate loops: one that holds 3.2 gallons that cools the intercooler; and another one that holds 9.8 gallons for the rest of the car using three radiators.
The car will run from 0-100 kilometers per hour in 2.5 seconds, 0-200 kph in 6.5 seconds and 0- 300 kph in 13.6 seconds despite its 2034-kilogram weight. For safety reasons, the Chiron’s top speed will be electronically limited to 417 kph or 261 miles per hour.
Extensive use of carbon fiber has helped the Chiron achieve the same weight as the Veyron. Bugatti claimed the carbon monocoque chassis is as stiff as those found in Le Mans Prototype 1 class racing cars.
The Chiron’s massive 20-inch wheels up front and 21-inch at the rear fitted with 285/30 and 355/25 Michelins, respectively, help the Chiron to achieve 1.5Gs in lateral acceleration. Stopping the beastly car are carbon ceramic brakes that are 0.8 inches bigger and 0.2 inches thicker; with 16.5 inches at the front with eight pistons, and 15.7 inches at the rear with six pistons.
Five drive modes
The Chiron has five driving modes: EB, Lift, Autobahn, Handling and Top Speed, with the latter requiring a special key to reach 261 mph, just like its predecessor. The EB is the standard “automatic” mode, adjusting to the conditions, while Lift mode raises the suspension of the car to traverse speed bumps and driveways, and switches to other modes automatically past about 50 kph or 31 mph.
The Autobahn mode is automatically activated when past 179 kph or 112 mph, and allows the car to reach to a limited 377 kph or 236 mph, same as Handling mode. The Handling mode raises the rear spoiler, stiffens the dampers, and lowers the car electronically to maximize cornering speed despite the weight.
Luxury in extremes
The Chiron’s attention to detail is prevalent in the interior. Besides the extreme use of leather (with 31 choices and eight microsuedes to choose from), the dials and the control system are swathed in billet aluminum. The rest are covered in bare carbon fiber.
Sound system was provided by Accuton from Germany, known by sound aficionados for using diamonds in their speakers.
All these extremes will fetch an extreme price of 2.4 million euros or $2.66 million. The Chiron will be made available in late 2016.