Geneva 2016 – New 261 mph Bugatti Chiron

The Bugatti Veyron was hugely impressive when it came to big numbers, but with its replacement the French brand has gone even further in the pursuit of insane figures. Say hello to the mind-bendingly fast Bugatti Chiron.

2016 Bugatti ChironLet’s get the raw numbers out-of-the-way first because, as dramatic as the Chiron may be to look at, let’s not kid about what’s important here:

  • €2.4 million (£1.87 million) starting price
  • A quad-turbo 8.0-litre W16 engine
  • 1,500 PS (1,479 bhp)
  • 1,600 NM of torque (1,180 lb-ft)
  • 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than 2.5 seconds
  • Top speed of 420 km/h (261 mph)

Possibly the scariest part about the last figure is that it’s qualified with the additional words “limited for road travel” in the press release. Which suggests that a) the Chiron is capable of more than that, and b) asks what financial ridiculousness is required for the unlimited level of performance?! Bugatti is also clearly gunning for an outright production car speed record with the Chiron, and will no doubt tweak things when needed to maintain that ultimate status.

Despite the huge starting price, Bugatti has already taken orders for a third of the 500-strong production run. Styling was quite clearly foretold by the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept, as was the extensive use of carbon fibre. Bugatti promises that the new carbon monocoque and adaptable chassis will make the Chiron as agile as it is stupidly fast. A knowing nod to the fact the Veyron was hardly regarded as being nimble, perhaps. However, in 2016 the bigger question is of course as to whether it’ll have a drift mode…

Regardless as to how sideways it will go, given that the level of engineering within the Veyron was stupendous, Bugatti’s promise that the Chiron moves things even further forward is incredible in itself. We’re already impressed with the way it looks, which has managed to cut down some of the bulk seen in the Veyron. Bugatti states to have aimed to add more “beast” than “beauty” to the Chiron, and it’s quite clearly worked well.

2016 Bugatti ChironDeliveries begin in the Autumn, so you’ve got a while to keep playing the lottery (probably Euromillions, really) to be in with a chance of bagging one of the 500 cars. Expect a similar level of customisation to the Veyron, and no doubt a stream of endless “limited edition” variants as production goes by. Oh, and you can already play around with colour schemes on the Bugatti website.

Has the Chiron won the 2016 Geneva Motor Show before it’s even begun? It’ll be a hard act for anything to beat the drama of a 1,500 PS hypercar, but don’t underestimate the power of the Swiss show to surprise. We’ll see more tomorrow.

2016 Bugatti Chiron

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