GENEVA -- The Bugatti Chiron will not only be the world's fastest car -- it will also make money for parent Volkswagen Group, the brand said today as it unveiled the high-performance coupe, which is the successor to the Veyron.
The 1,479-hp Chiron is "very well-positioned to become the next world speed record holder and reach a maximum speed significantly above the record currently held by Bugatti," the brand said in a statement.
The Chiron's road speed is electronically limited 420 kph (261 mph). It accelerates from 0 to 100 kph [0-62 mph] in less than 2.5 seconds.
To make the Chiron faster and more powerful than the Veyron, Bugatti further developed the brand's 8.0-liter, W16 engine, adding four new, larger turbochargers. These are controlled by an innovative two-stage turbocharging, Bugatti said.
The Chiron has a large number of other technical refinements and innovations, the brand said, including a new carbon fiber monocoque and a newly designed adaptive chassis.
Bugatti will build 500 Chirons and start deliveries in the autumn. A third of the limited run has already been pre-ordered.