The Bugatti Chiron became the world’s most powerful road car when it was launched at the Geneva Motorshow this week.
The Chiron boasts a massive 1,480 horsepower, and, coming in at a mere £1.8 million, is the successor to the Bugatti Veyron – the iconic supercar that was retired last year.
“It is part of human nature to cross boundaries and enter new realms”
The new Bugatti is powered by an 8.0-litre, 7993cc W16 engine with a whopping four turbos. With 1,180lb-ft of torque, and weighing just 1995kg with its two-seat cabin, it will shift from 0-60MPH in less than 2.5 seconds, before reaching a top speed of a staggering – and entirely unnecessary –261MPH.
Speaking at the launch of the Chiron, Bugatti Automobiles president Wolfgang Dürheimer said: “It is part of human nature to cross boundaries and set new records, to run 100 metres faster than ever before, to fly even further into space and to enter new realms. This striving is also our driving force at Bugatti.”
To give a guage of how powerful the Chiron is, it’s predecessor had a measly 1,000 horsepower when it was launched in 2005.
Named after Bugatti’s famous racing driver, Louis Chiron, who raced for the marque in the 1920s and 1930s, Bugatti only plan to build 500 models of their new car, with 150 already ordered. So if you’ve got a cool £1.8 million burning a hole in your pocket, you better act fast.
Engadget report that as well as the ludicrous numbers attached to the Chiron’s power, the car also includes a drift mode for the “demonstrably insane”, and will be built from a carbon-fibre chassis.
The Cheron isn’t without a bit of bling too, as the speakers on board the 1,500 horsepower beast will be constructed with one-carat diamond membranes.
Bugatti also look keen to push the Chiron to follow in the footsteps of the Veyron, as the world’s most sought after supercar, with plans to put a successor for each of the retired car’s variants into production. These include the hugely popular Grand Sport, SuperSport and Grand Vitesse.
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