The Bugatti Chiron is a statistician’s dream with performance figures that have to be read a second or third time to fully comprehend. But as the world’s most exclusive supercar, does the feeling stack up to the hype?
When it comes to describing the 1500bhp, 8-litre, quad turbocharged, 16-cylinder Bugatti Chiron, words don’t come easily.
While filming from behind the wheel, I tried to speak as I planted my right foot and it quite literally took my breath away. The acceleration was so fierce that it compressed my chest and I was physically unable to speak until I lifted off the throttle. The spots in my eyes from the lack of blood to the head didn’t help either.
Writing about it is not much easier as there’s a tidal wave of barely believable numbers, feelings and emotions from my day behind the wheel that I didn’t know where to start because it’s hard to find one stat more impressive than the next.
When Volkswagen created the Bugatti Veyron, it aimed to re-set the bar for the ultimate supercar and 13 years later it’s still the benchmark, so when company boss Wolfgang Durheimer said he wanted a successor that was ‘better in every respect,’ you knew this was going to be something quite special. [To be continued...]
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...]