Believe me, you think you’ve got the mettle to wring its neck? I guarantee you’ll get scared and back off before you’re anywhere near that corner,” LeMans 24-Hour race winner, Andy Wallace tempted, finger pointing into the sun.

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Bugatti Chiron


Forget everything you know about supercars. Erase those figures you have of the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Pagani Huayra because the Bugatti Chiron re-writes the rule book. Simple as that.


It’s almost hard to describe what it was like belting along in a car which has a speedo that tops out at 500kmh. It was more a matter of retraining your brain about survival instincts and braking markers.


Think about this. All speedo gauges are about the same diameter except yours probably finishes at 250kmh and the Bugatti Chiron’s stops at 500kmh. That means that every tiny increment in the Chiron’s speedo is double what you’re expecting.


It will spit you down the road from zero to 200kmh in 6.5 seconds at which point it’s sucking 1000 litres of air into its 10 radiators every second. To keep it cool, its water pump can fill a bathtub every 11 seconds at the same time as its 100-litre fuel tank is being drained in under eight minutes.


While the engine specs for the all-new Chiron look similar to the outgoing Veyron on paper, being 8-litres, 16-cylinders and using four turbochargers, that’s about where any likeness ends. [To be continued...]

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