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Bugatti unveils snarling 1500-horsepower Chiron

The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
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Form follows performance in the new 1500 hp Bugatti Chiron
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Form follows performance in the new 1500 hp Bugatti Chiron
Top speed on the Bugatti Chiron is 420 km/h (260 mph)
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Top speed on the Bugatti Chiron is 420 km/h (260 mph)
A rear spoiler or "air brake" on the Chiron has four settings
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A rear spoiler or "air brake" on the Chiron has four settings
The Bugatti Chiron features a full list of new exterior and interior elements
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The Bugatti Chiron features a full list of new exterior and interior elements
The Bugatti Chiron is even more aerodynamic than its Veyron predecessor
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The Bugatti Chiron is even more aerodynamic than its Veyron predecessor
The Bugatti Chiron features numerous upgrades to the interior with the pilot in mind
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The Bugatti Chiron features numerous upgrades to the interior with the pilot in mind
Bugatti will only make 500 Chirons
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Bugatti will only make 500 Chirons
The Bugatti Chiron will set you back €2,400,000 (US $2,612,000)
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The Bugatti Chiron will set you back €2,400,000 (US $2,612,000)
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
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The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
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The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
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The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
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The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
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The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
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The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
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The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show

For months there have been rumors surrounding the Bugatti Chiron with little to go by other than company statements reiterating an intent to continue to build the world's fastest cars. Those rumors can now be laid to rest – or firmly blasted into the stratosphere – with Bugatti formally introducing the 1500 hp Chiron to the world at the Geneva International Auto Show this week.

The company describes its latest creation as the ultimate super sports car, and for good reason. Intent on hitting the 1500 hp mark, Bugatti has boosted the power output of its familiar eight liter W16 engine by 25 percent. This is in concert with weight reduction measures such as using more titanium and carbon fiber in parts and systems like the intake tube and chain housing.

Critical to achieving the higher power is a two-stage turbo-charging system that features four large high performance turbo chargers and a duplex injection system with 32 injectors. Put your foot on the gas from a dead start, and only two of the four turbo chargers immediately kick in. Once you hit 3,800 rpms, the second set activates with the result being none of the lag time present in most turbo-charging systems, and more power than most drivers would know what to do with.

The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show
The Bugatti Chiron on display at the Geneva Auto Show

So how do those numbers translate? Bugatti doesn't look to be kidding when it says this is the fastest, most powerful production super sports car in the world. Besides that insane amount of horsepower, the Chiron produces 1,600 Nm (1180 lb. ft. ) of torque and will go from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 2.5 seconds. Top speed is listed at 420 km/h (260 mph), but you need a separate key to put the car in the mode that will get you there. Otherwise, you can sit back and slide on up to 380 km/h (236 mph) in one of three other driving modes titled Auto, Autobahn and Handling.

With power comes heat, but heat is not a high performance engine's friend. Bugatti takes care of this with an improved cooling system that circulates 60,000 liters of air and 800 liters of water through the engine in one minute.

Improved stability, comfort and road handling are the result of the company's first ever use of an adaptive chassis and newly designed high performance tires created to safely transfer up to 5000 Nm (3688 lb. ft.) of torque per wheel to the road. An hydraulic diffuser and an adaptive rear spoiler add to the overall aerodynamics and road handling capability of the Chiron. Cornering at high speeds will evidently not be a problem.

The Bugatti Chiron features numerous upgrades to the interior with the pilot in mind
The Bugatti Chiron features numerous upgrades to the interior with the pilot in mind

At some point, you've got to bring all of that motion to a stop and to that end, Bugatti has fitted the Chiron with 8 piston calipers on 420 mm discs up front and 6 piston calipers on 400 mm discs in the rear. Again, this is bigger and better than the braking system the company used in the Veyron.

The inside of the Chiron is just as exquisite as the outside with more improved elements in the instrument cluster, the center console, and sound system. The latter makes this what Bugatti is calling "the world's fastest concert hall." The overall intent was to make everything easily accessible and usable for whoever is lucky enough to sit behind the wheel.

Bugatti says the Chiron has gone through extensive testing to meet the company's exacting standards. This included test rigs used by both the aerospace industry and military to ensure various aerodynamic, handling and electromagnetic capabilities of this true super sports car. This is all indicative of the company's form follows performance approach they took with this latest creation.

Of course, such performance and luxury doesn't come cheap or in mass quantities. Only five hundred Chirons will be made and sold at a price of €2,400,000 (US $2,612,000) with delivery expected later this year.

We can't wait to get a closer look at the Chiron in Geneva this week - stay tuned!

Source: Bugatti

7 comments
MattScotts
WOAH! Faster than veyron! This mean machine is definitely going to be one of my favorite! Just falling short of a few million else would've been the first one to buy this beauty!
Dave Lawrence
I'd be interested in an opposing viewpoint that asks what, if any, of this remarkable feat of engineering is in any way beneficial to the motor vehicle industry per se. For example, is the cooling system technology something that can be scaled down for use in cars you and I might purchase? What improvements to handling will find their way onto road cars? Same arguments that could be applied to F1 cars - which appear to be nothing more than exercises in engineering masturbation and are of no benefit whatsoever to road car technologies. We may as well expect improvements in braking and handling to be passed down from the winner of a Red Bull aircraft race
Mel Tisdale
The aircraft community operates to a series of progressively more demanding standards, starting with Visual Flight Rules and moving through Instrument ratings, multi-engine aircraft and so on. It is frightening that a young person, no, to hell with being politically correct, that a young man can pass his test on one day and on the next day climb behind the wheel of one of these. If I were not possibly coming the other way, I would say "Let him carry on, he might take his genes out of the gene pool and get a Darwin Award in the process. I suppose the question is this: 'has the time come for the driving licence to reflect the level of competence in the vehicle the holder drives?' During my working life in vehicle engineering one overriding thought steered my thinking: 'cars kill'.
Keith Reeder
"what, if any, of this remarkable feat of engineering is in any way beneficial to the motor vehicle industry per se" Why does it have to benefit the wider motor industry, though? "a young man can pass his test on one day and on the next day climb behind the wheel of one of these" So? Is this hypothetical young man going to be any less dead if he throws his 100 mph hatchback into a tree than he would be if he binned this? Yes, it's speed that kills, but beyond a certain speed - one that most cars on the road these days can achieve - the car you're is is an irrelevance in terms of implied risk. In fact, I bet the Chiron has a far better ENCAP rating than the worn-out bangers that kids often hoon around in as their first set of wheels.
Craig Jennings
Umm..... what's with the door handle?
Grunchy
It's impressive on the one hand, on the other it's not. Another 1,000+ hp piece of crap. Sure you can pile the superlatives all over this machine, but the reason practically nobody drives these things is because, fundamentally, they are unsuited to any practical purpose. There are guys over-pressuring their turbos on ordinary cars to make 1,000+ hp, they are the same thing. What can I say, hats off to profound stupidity?
Michael Wilson
the original veyron was a revolution because at the time, no quad turbo, W16 superlative supercar existed before it. There was no blend of luxury and performance before the Veyron, but now, the competition has caught up. The Chiron is in no way less spectacular, but is more evolutionary than revolutionary. The compound turbo system is nice because it is probably the first production car to do it, but Bugatti needs to get with the times. I"m sure we'll see it in a round of rap videos and a few sheiks and billionaires will have it, but as a drag racing, auto-crossing guy, circuit racing guy with 3 modified turbocharged vehicles for each type of racing, even I"m saying "meh" this time. The Koenigsegg Regera on the other hand....