The Bugatti Chiron is a statistician’s dream with performance figures that have to be read a second or third time to fully comprehend. But as the world’s most exclusive supercar, does the feeling stack up to the hype?
When it comes to describing the 1500bhp, 8-litre, quad turbocharged, 16-cylinder Bugatti Chiron, words don’t come easily.
While filming from behind the wheel, I tried to speak as I planted my right foot and it quite literally took my breath away. The acceleration was so fierce that it compressed my chest and I was physically unable to speak until I lifted off the throttle. The spots in my eyes from the lack of blood to the head didn’t help either.
Writing about it is not much easier as there’s a tidal wave of barely believable numbers, feelings and emotions from my day behind the wheel that I didn’t know where to start because it’s hard to find one stat more impressive than the next.
When Volkswagen created the Bugatti Veyron, it aimed to re-set the bar for the ultimate supercar and 13 years later it’s still the benchmark, so when company boss Wolfgang Durheimer said he wanted a successor that was ‘better in every respect,’ you knew this was going to be something quite special. [Continued...]
The Chiron replaces the Bugatti Veyron which re-wrote the record books on how a supercar should be done. For 12 years we’ve asked ourselves how could they ever top it. Well, here’s the answer.
It’s not often you look down to see a 500kmh calibrated speedo tempting you on. The challenge was to take it as far as my survival instincts allowed.
Initially, when you climb inside the €2.4million Bugatti Chiron, fire it up and drive away, it all seems a bit too easy for a car that has nearly double the horsepower of a Formula One car.
In an era of downsizing and squeezing more power out of smaller, more fuel efficient engines, you have to read the specs several times before it sinks in because when was the last time you saw an eight-litre car on the road? Then give it four turbochargers spread across 16-cylinders. These engineers are crazy but they were determined to build a worthy successor to the almighty Veyron and they’ve more than achieved that.
Engineers claim the Chiron betters the Veyron’s performance by 25 per cent in every area and its turbochargers are 69 per cent larger resulting in 50 per cent more power. [Continued...]