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Bugatti sports up the Chiron for Geneva

Bugatti sports up the Chiron f...
The new Bugatti Chiron Sport at the Geneva Motor Show
The new Bugatti Chiron Sport at the Geneva Motor Show
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A host of suspension improvements have given the Bugatti Chiron Sport a stiffer, more road-hugging ride for better cornering
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A host of suspension improvements have given the Bugatti Chiron Sport a stiffer, more road-hugging ride for better cornering
The Chiron Sport shaves five seconds off of the Chiron's already-impressive Nardo circuit lap time
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The Chiron Sport shaves five seconds off of the Chiron's already-impressive Nardo circuit lap time
New, lighter-weight wheels are packaged for the Bugatti Chiron Sport model
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New, lighter-weight wheels are packaged for the Bugatti Chiron Sport model
The quad exhaust tips are surrounded by a new, lighter-weight diffuser on the Bugatti Chiron Sport
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The quad exhaust tips are surrounded by a new, lighter-weight diffuser on the Bugatti Chiron Sport
Unique to the Chiron Sport is a carbon fiber windscreen wiper setup Bugatti developed especially for the new car
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Unique to the Chiron Sport is a carbon fiber windscreen wiper setup Bugatti developed especially for the new car
The aero wing and other items on the Bugatti Chiron Sport have added carbon fiber to lighten their weight
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The aero wing and other items on the Bugatti Chiron Sport have added carbon fiber to lighten their weight
Bespoke color packages are part and parcel for a car like the Bugatti Chiron Sport
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Bespoke color packages are part and parcel for a car like the Bugatti Chiron Sport
To let the world know that the car has 16 cylinders, Bugatti added a large "16" painted to the front grille of the Chiron Sport
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To let the world know that the car has 16 cylinders, Bugatti added a large "16" painted to the front grille of the Chiron Sport
Driving modes are selected through this button on the Bugatti Chiron's steering wheel
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Driving modes are selected through this button on the Bugatti Chiron's steering wheel
The driver's cockpit in the Bugatti Chiron Sport features an enveloping design meant for performance appeal
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The driver's cockpit in the Bugatti Chiron Sport features an enveloping design meant for performance appeal
Small badge details, such as this one, set off the Chiron Sport from the standard Bugatti model
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Small badge details, such as this one, set off the Chiron Sport from the standard Bugatti model
About 3 million Euros will get you 1,500 horsepower that looks like this Bugatti Chiron Sport
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About 3 million Euros will get you 1,500 horsepower that looks like this Bugatti Chiron Sport
Suspension improvements along with some torque vectoring have improved the Bugatti Chiron's performance on the track in the new Chiron Sport
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Suspension improvements along with some torque vectoring have improved the Bugatti Chiron's performance on the track in the new Chiron Sport
From this angle, the carbon fiber additions to the Chiron Sport can be seen in the rear quarter of the car
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From this angle, the carbon fiber additions to the Chiron Sport can be seen in the rear quarter of the car
The rear of the car features a prominent "16" on the radiator grille, referring to the car's 16 cylinders in a W format
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The rear of the car features a prominent "16" on the radiator grille, referring to the car's 16 cylinders in a W format
Up close, the carbon fiber treatments to the aero wing, diffuser, etc. can be noted on the Bugatti Chiron Sport. A lightweighted exhaust deflector can also be seen
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Up close, the carbon fiber treatments to the aero wing, diffuser, etc. can be noted on the Bugatti Chiron Sport. A lightweighted exhaust deflector can also be seen
From the side, the Bugatti Chiron's unique shape is unchanged in the Chiron Sport model
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From the side, the Bugatti Chiron's unique shape is unchanged in the Chiron Sport model
The nose and profile of the Chiron are unique to the car and don't change for the Chiron Sport model
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The nose and profile of the Chiron are unique to the car and don't change for the Chiron Sport model
The new Bugatti Chiron Sport at the Geneva Motor Show
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The new Bugatti Chiron Sport at the Geneva Motor Show
The large "16" on the nose of the Bugatti Chiron Sport refers to the 16 cylinders of the engine powering the supercar
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The large "16" on the nose of the Bugatti Chiron Sport refers to the 16 cylinders of the engine powering the supercar
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Bugatti has unveiled a new Chiron Sport model at the Geneva Motor Show, promising the same power and performance with better handling and capability. The Chiron Sport shaves significant times off the lap, Bugatti says, for just a couple of hundred thousand Euros more.

The new Bugatti Chiron Sport can still accelerate from 0-400 km/h (249 mph) and then back to a stop in under 42 seconds, but now it turns corners faster as well. Bugatti drivers have taken the Nardo handling circuit by Chiron storm, shaving five seconds off of the standard Chiron's lap times with the Sport model.

Of course, if you're going to add a few hundred thousand to your price point, there needs to be a little more than some improved track times to show for it. So along with chassis improvements for better lap times, the Chiron Sport also has a new four-pipe exhaust deflector, new wheel options, and carbon fiber windshield wipers.

About 3 million Euros will get you 1,500 horsepower that looks like this Bugatti Chiron Sport
About 3 million Euros will get you 1,500 horsepower that looks like this Bugatti Chiron Sport

"We have developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even sportier driving experience with their Chiron, with improved lateral dynamics on winding roads," says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. "What was important for us was to leave unchanged the unique character of the Chiron, its combination of ultimate performance, longitudinal acceleration and maximum speed with luxury, comfort and everyday usability."

Most of the changes for the Bugatti Chiron Sport are under the bodywork, with 10 percent more stiffness added to the shock absorbers to go with upgrades to suspension stiffness overall and steering has been further honed for more responsive returns. Dynamic torque vectoring from side-to-side also greatly improves steering, sending power to the outside wheels in a hard turn to reduce slippage.

The Chiron Sport shaves five seconds off of the Chiron's already-impressive Nardo circuit lap time
The Chiron Sport shaves five seconds off of the Chiron's already-impressive Nardo circuit lap time

Bugatti went to lengths to reduce the weight of the Chiron Sport, putting it on a diet that shaved off 18 kilograms (40 lb). This was achieved by adding carbon fiber to more elements of the car such as the stabilizer, intercooler cover, and windscreen wipers. Lighter glass on the rear window and improved lightweight wheels also contributed to the weight loss.

Bugatti added even more color and trim options for the buyer, too, to go along with the already staggering array of options for the car. If you've got in the neighborhood of 3 million Euros (US$3.7M) to spend on a car, though, you'll expect words like "bespoke" to be used often. For that price, it's hard to argue the return on investment with a 1,500 horsepower (1,119 kW) 16-cylinder wonder like the Chiron.

The Bugatti Chiron Sport was unveiled in Geneva and will enter the global market at the end of 2018.

Source: Bugatti

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2 comments
MarylandUSA
Yeah, but how many cupholders does it have?
guzmanchinky
Why is top speed important? Even in Germany people rarely go above about 150-180mph at the extreme. Not sure why 200+ is a big deal or a goal.