Seeking to reassert a Bugatti as the granddaddy of superlatives, the supercar maker today announced the all-new 1,500-hp Chiron ahead of the car’s world debut at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Picking up where the earlier Veyron left off, the Chiron boasts a top speed of 261 mph, a $2.62 million starting price, and a 0-to-62 mph time of under 2.5 seconds. Just 500 copies will be built by Volkswagen Group’s Bugatti brand.
The ethos of the Chiron follows the Veyron, pegged as the world fastest production car when it debuted in 2005. 450 sales later -- which included targa and higher-performance versions, the car was put to rest in 2015.
But its heart lives on in the Chiron: a quadruple-turbocharged, eight-liter, 16-cylinder engine, arranged in a W pattern as it was in the Veyron. It now makes a staggering 1,500 hp and 1,180 pounds-feet of torque.
The turbocharging system itself is set up to work in two stages. The first pair kicks in immediately while the second set waits until the engine hits 3,800 rpm before joining the show. This prevents turbo lag and provides a linear power curve from 2,000 rpm, according to Bugatti.
With all-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the Chiron will hit 124 mph in less than 6.5 seconds. It weighs 4,398 pounds.
In order to achieve 261 mph, a second key is needed to put the Chiron into its “Top Speed” mode -- similar to the earlier Veyron. Drivers who lose the second key between the couch cushions are limited to a measly 236 mph top speed.
The Chiron also features carbon fiber bodywork, an adaptive chassis with five preset modes, the world’s first airbag to burst through a carbon fiber housing, an active aerodynamics system with an adaptive rear spoiler and a digital instrument cluster whose display gradually reduces the amount of info it shows as the car’s speed picks up.