Bow to the Bugatti Chiron
We knew it was coming. We knew it would be fast. We knew we would want it. But the bomb that is the Bugatti Chiron that dropped on the 2016 Geneva Motor Show has pretty much blown away all other manufacturers at the show. The Bugatti Chiron is here, and it is commanding all bow to it.
Now where do we even begin with the Chiron? Uh, only 500 will be made, and 120 of those have already been sold—so if you want one, you should probably get on that. Now, if you have the estimated $2.5 million needed to acquire a Chiron, you will get a 1,480-horsepower, quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine making 1,180 pound-feet or torque.
That power rockets the hypercar to 62 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds. Top speed is 261 mph. At speed, the air cooling system pumps 60,000 liters of air per minute through the engine. That is a lot of air. Also at speed, the Chiron will drink its 100-liter gas tank dry in just nine minutes. Impressive.
In appearance, the Chiron looks wider, lower and longer than the Veyron it replaces. In reality, the Chiron is just 1 millimeter longer, 6 mm taller and 14 mm wider, giving it a sleeker styling overall. Proportions matter. Up front, the Chiron sports Bugatti’s signature grille, which is flanked by eight LED headlight elements that also act as air inlets. At the rear, there is a single taillight made of 82 LEDs while spanning the car’s rear width.
Inside, it is all business. The Chiron is elegant, luxurious and the massive C-shaped divider between the passenger and driver mimic the huge C-shaped side scoops on the outside of the car.
When the Veyron debuted in 2005, it changed the supercar game. A decade later we have the Chiron, and while it has not rewritten what it takes to be a supercar today, it certainly sets the bar high for the competition.