After a decade of production and four different variants, the Veyron would be decommissioned, having made its mark in the world of luxury performances vehicles, being the first to truly break the 400 km/h barrier in a production vehicle. But just when you think that one definite moment is enough, it was a very different affair for the Italian manufacturer, who decided to go one step further, with the Bugatti Chiron being the fruits of their labour.
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Named after the late Louis Chiron, this 1,500 bhp leviathan brings all of that sheer power to all four wheels with permanent all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
With a claimed limited top speed of 420 km/h, this new beast, clothed in a stylish package, is one of the finest automotive releases to date, as the new design language shows echoes of the past and future.
It may be aggressive, but any modern performance vehicle will have some aerodynamic function to ensure it cuts through the air like a knife through warm butter, as well as showing a dominant presence that no one can take their eyes off.
With an emphasis of ensuring the driver and passenger with the ultimate in driving pleasure, either cruising on the highway or tackling some twisty country roads, the Chiron raises the bar in effortless efficiency, in the most luxurious environment possible.
Having been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, the Chiron has captivated the hearts of many, which includes over 200 individuals that have now placed their orders. Interestingly enough, the car has also been unveiled in Tokyo with the AOI Group, as the car has also received a positive response in Japan, which is the strongest contingent of the Asian market for Bugatti.
Six per cent of the orders are from Japan, with the first of the limited 500-strong run being released to customers in 2017, with all cars potentially set to be a lot costlier than the €2.4 million base price. The car is also being produced as a coupé, with the Targa starting to hit the streets in 2018.
The Chiron builds on the trend set by the now-defunct Veyron, with an all-new carbon-fibre monocoque and adaptive chassis, along with bespoke tyres made to deliver fluid power and dynamic handling capabilities.
The developments made on the eight-litre W16 engine that first featured in the Chiron’s predecessor are simply astounding, thanks to two-stage turbocharging and a new titanium exhaust system in place, ensuring no lag during acceleration.
Lightweight materials including carbon-fibre have been used more extensively, along with uprated turbochargers, a more efficient charge air-cooling system and a duplex fuel injection system, comprising of 32 injectors.
So, the new Chiron, simply put, is an aesthetic, quality-driven masterpiece that will keep building momentum as your foot hits the throttle and will definitely provide an effortless driving experience with no matter where you are.
Price: Starting from €2.4 million
Displacement: 7993 cm W16
Weight: 1995 kg
Power output: 1,103 kW / 1,500 hp at 6,700 rpm
Max Torque: 1,600 Nm (2,000 to 6,000 rpm)
Transmission: 7-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox
Top Speed: 420 km/h (limited – Top Speed mode), 380 km/h (limited – Handling mode)
0-100 km/h: less than 2.5 seconds
Drag CoEfficient: 0.38