The Bugatti Chiron is a mid-engine two-seater sports car developed and manufactured in Molsheim, France by French automobile manufacturer Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. The successor of the Veyron, was first showcased at the Geneva Motor Show on 1 March 2016. The name pays homage to the Monegasque driver Louis Chiron.
The most significant carry over component from the Veyron is the 8L quad-turbocharged W16 engine, though it has been heavily modified, resulting in an extra 492 hp than the original Veyron. Therefore, the engine in the Chiron has a peak power output of 1,479 hp and a peak torque of 1,600Nm.
Like its predecessor the Chiron utilises a carbon fibre body structure, independent suspension and a complex all-wheel drive system. The body is extremely strong capable of handling 50,000 Nm per degree.
Acceleration from 0-62 mph is achieved in just 2.4 seconds according to Bugatti, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 6.5 seconds and 0–300 km/h (0–186 mph) in 13.6 seconds. In a world-record-setting test at the time in 2017, the Chiron reached 400 km/h (249 mph) in 32.6 seconds, after which it needed 9.4 seconds to brake to standstill.
Acceleration statistics (according to manufacturer):
|Acceleration Range||Time (seconds)|
|0-62 mph (0-100 km/h)||2.4|
|0-124 mph (0-200 km/h)||6.5|
|0-186 mph (0-300 km/h)||13.6|
|0-249 mph (0-400 km/h)||32.6 (world record at the time)|
The Chiron’s top speed is electronically limited to 261 mph, for safety reasons, as no tires manufactured at that time were able to handle the immense stress at speeds above the limiter. As you can imagine fuel economy during high speed runs is not the best, in fact at full chap the Chiron will empty its 100 Litre fuel tank in just nine minutes!
Unfortunately the production run of 500 Chirons is coming to an end in 2021, with fewer than 75 left to leave the Molsheim factory. However, the Chiron name lives on, in the forms of the Chiron Sport, Chiron Our Sport, Chiron Sport 110 Ans and the record breaking Chiron Super Sport 300+.