We all remember the success that Bugatti Veyron achieved in term of speed and pure power. And like that wasn’t enough Bugatti unveiled Veyron Super Sport that set top speed of 257.87 mph with the electronic limiter in 2010, that Guinness World Records acknowledged. Without it, Veyron SS can go as fast as 267.86 mph. Perhaps you thought it would take a long time to surpass that top speed, but no. Now there is one more car that is basically Veyron on beast mode. And its name is Chiron, a mid-engine two-seater. Bugatti claims that it is the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious, and most exclusive super sports car. So are they just talking nonsense or 2018 Bugatti Chiron is a worthy successor of Veyron? We’ll get to that. But first, remember that Veyron Super Sport has 1184 horsepower. Top that.
It made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. And by the looks of it, it’s Veyron redesigned. The predecessor of Chiron was for many considered ugly duckling when it comes to sports cars. Its design was either love it or hate it. But the car did its job. Although 2018 Bugatti Chiron is based on Veyron it really looks more beautiful. Bugatti’s designers made some changes to alter its look.
2018 Bugatti Chiron – Modern Design
On the front characteristic “horseshoe” grille is still there, but air intakes are wider and thinner. Another thing that gives futuristic look is headlights. Four square-shaped LED lights are really looking good compared to Veyron’s one-piece. Another thing that is interesting is that headlights also work as air intakes sending air to front brakes. Hood is more V-shaped making it more aerodynamic. Apart from that, fenders are also positioned lower to give this car as much air flow as possible.
On the other hand, side look is unique. You can firstly see a “C”-shaped curve that stretches from rear view mirror all the way back and ending in the low portion of the front fender. It isn’t just to show off, everything on 2018 Bugatti Chiron is made with a purpose. Apart from being aerodynamic, inside that curve are massive but thin air intakes that channel air straight to the massive engine.
The back might look familiar to some, since it is taken from Gran Turismo Concept, with a few changes of course. The rear end is really a three-piece intake with a diffuser. The rear light is really interesting. It is thin, stretching from one end to another and 82 LEDs were used to illuminate it.
To sum it all up 2018 Bugatti Chiron is looking more modern than its predecessor, but they didn’t alter the design too much. In other words, Bugatti is more interested in keeping the same clients rather than attracting new ones.
2018 Bugatti Chiron – Luxury Interior
Apart from the exterior, there are much more changes to interior design. And what can you expect from a highly priced luxury car than a pure masterpiece? Of course first things first. Materials that are used in manufacturing are either carbon-fiber, leather or aluminum. There is not an inch of plastic inside. The center stack is very narrow with four round buttons on it and nicely crafted paddle shift below. In addition, there are tiny displays on each one of those buttons.
The instrument cluster is also new. Two smaller gauges are replaced with TFT screens, the left one is for RPM and the right one is reserved for navigation map. Between those, there is the main gauge with a speedometer that has numbers from zero to 500 km/h (310.7 mph). Quite frightening if we may say so.
Besides the perfectly crafted dashboard and panels, seats are one of the most comfortable ones when it comes to supercars. It is said that they will firmly hold the driver, in other words, they will give full ergonomic support for the body. Another “a must have” in a luxury car is the stereo system. And 2018 Bugatti Chiron has by far the best one. This premium sound system has a one-carat diamond membrane on each of the four tweeters. Enough said.
Although this supercar has one of the best convenience and luxury features, plenty of room is not its main attribute. All that designers of Chiron managed to do in term of more space for occupants compared to Veyron is headroom. And not by much since they improved headroom for only 0.47 inches. But we won’t be that picky even when it comes to the highly priced car. In other words, interior design and features will really leave you breathless.
2018 Bugatti Chiron – Drivetrain
Records are made to be broken. To do this, engineers had a really tough challenge to improve in the first place amazing engine. Remember that Bugatti Veyron SS has 1184 horsepower. The engine that is used is quad-turbo, 8-liter W16. Thanks to tweaking, those large turbochargers now produces amazing 1479 horsepower and 1180 lb-ft of torque. Just to give you a clue how much work those four do, let’s tell you that they need about 2120 ft³ of air a minute. Now it is understandable why that “C”-shaped curve on the sides plays a big role when it comes to performance.
The car has been named after Louis Chiron, Bugatti’s driver in
the European Championship in the early 1930s.
That massive engine will be connected to the seven-speed automatic transmission. There is one thing that engineers weren’t able to achieve, and that is in the field of weight reduction. Although 2018 Bugatti Chiron is made entirely from lightweight materials it is nowhere near its competitors when it comes to curb weight. The base model stands at 4,398 pounds. On the other hand, that’s really not a huge problem when you look at the numbers this car gives.
2018 Bugatti Chiron – Numbers
When we talk about them, let’s say that from 0-60 mph 2018 Bugatti Chiron will need just 2.4 seconds, while for 0-125 mph it will need 6.5 seconds. Talk about fast acceleration. Further, from 0-186 mph it will need 13.6 seconds. To get the picture, that is one second faster than Veyron SS and ten seconds faster than Lamborghini Centenario.
When we talk about top speed it is limited electronically to 261 mph for safety reasons. But without it, it is said that 2018 Bugatti Chiron will reach a top speed of 288 mph. We would love to see that. Another interesting fact is that at full speed Chiron’s 100-liter (26 gallons) fuel tank would be empty in 8 minutes. In other words fuel economy (if someone is even interested with this) is 190l/100 km or 1.24 mpg.
2018 Bugatti Chiron – Price
And now the main reason that 2018 Bugatti Chiron is reserved for special kind of buyers. And that’s the price. Pricing for US market hasn’t been officially announced yet. But the price for the European market is a whopping €2.4 million, and that is roughly a $2.65 million. Although 2018 Bugatti Chiron will be available at the end of 2016 and only 500 will be produced, there are already 170 orders placed. We would like one too.