Car News 4 Mar 2016

Bugatti Chiron: The 261mph hypercar

Bugatti debuted the hotly anticipated Chiron at Geneva, stealing the show with the world’s fastest new production car.

The Chiron features the Veyron’s redesigned 8.0-litre W16 engine, enhanced with 4 high-performance turbochargers, 32 fuel injectors, cooling systems and a titanium exhaust system. It’s power output is a massive 1479bhp at 6700rpm and 1180lb of torque, meaning the Chiron can hit 0-62mph in less than 2.5 seconds, reaching a limited top speed of 261mph. Power is sent to all four wheels via an in-house developed 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.

Carbon fibre is used heavily throughout, including all bodywork and the Monocoque chassis, complimented with carbon-ceramic brakes and titanium pistons. The chassis is fitted with an adaptive suspension system offering 5 driving modes; Lift, Auto, Autobahn, Handling and Top Speed. A hydraulic flap at the front axle has been used to lower drag and an automatically adjusting rear spoiler aids in the Chiron’s aerodynamics.

Striking bodywork adorns the car, and it receives a new enamel and silver 3D logo on the bonnet. The cabin has a narrow centre console, 4 one-carat diamond membrane speakers, a cooled glove box and tailor-made trim, specific to the customer.

Bugatti are taking orders now for the 500 production Chirons, which are priced at €2.4 million.