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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Is Already Planning For the Chiron’s Successor

The Bugatti Chiron is only a year into its life and yet Bugatti is already making preparations for the supercar’s successor. That much was made clear by no less than CEO Wolfgang Durheimer, who told Road & Track about the company’s plans moving forward at the recently-concluded 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

According to Durheimer, the business model for the Chiron is already set in stone. It will have a life-cycle of six years and the automaker’s waiting list for the supercar is now stretched out to four years. That means that of the 500 models that Bugatti is earmarking for the Chiron, 300 of them are already spoken for, leaving just 200 units up for grabs in the last two-and-a-half years of its production run. Remember, Bugatti only plans to build 70 Chirons a year, so even customers who recently ordered one aren’t likely to get their supercars until around 2021 or 2022. In the meantime, Bugatti is already looking to answer the question, “what’s next,” and that answer may come a lot sooner if Durheimer has something to say about it. The Bugatti CEO has said that the initial plans for the Chiron’s successor should be on the table by 2019, leaving the company with precious little time (a little over a year) to sift through all of its ideas before making a decision. It’s as definitive a statement as we’ve heard from Durheimer, who also shot down rumors of a lower-end Bugatti to complement the Chiron. “For the time I can oversee Bugatti, it will remain the ultimate product,” he said. “Extremely high-end, very sharp, no compromise. The best materials, best technology, highest price. No rebates.” Sounds like a man who knows what he wants.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Chiron 0-400 km/h Run by Juan Pablo Montoya

Remember Montoya, the young Colombian talent of Formula One in the early 2000s who abandoned the challenging life of F1 for a cozier IndyCar career in America? Well, he’s back in Europe, but not for racing. He was tapped to do a 0-400 km/h sprint test in the Bugatti Chiron, because apparently an average Joe doing it would have been too dull.  

To be honest though, Bugatti Chiron seems to easy to drive, my 90-year-old grandma probably could have done this without breaking a sweat. The ex-F1 hotshot had little to do besides keeping his foot on the accelerator and his hands on the steering wheel. The Chiron’s 1,500 horsepower quad-turbo W16 engine took car of the rest and catapulted the car to 400 km/h, while its gargantuan brakes and precise aerodynamics brought it back to stop safely in a distance of 3.112 kilometres, taking only 41.96 second to accomplish the entire task.

But to be fair this was not all they have paid Monotoya, presumably a lot, to do. This was just a warm up for the Chiron’s top speed attempt which will take place some time next year. They haven’t confirmed Pablo for that yet, but come on, he’s going to be the one recording the hypercar’s real-world top speed. He took the Chiron to 420 km/h during this acceleration test, so he’s already almost there.






Pablo from Colombia commented, “When you are driving the Chiron for the first time and taking it easy, you cannot imagine how powerful it is. But as soon as you open the throttle, you hear the turbochargers pull up and all this torque comes in, and it just does not stop. It is like a linear power curve to happiness.” Montoya is thrilled at the acceleration and braking performance of the Chiron. “The Chiron is so incredibly fast it takes your breath away. And its braking is at least as impressive,” is how he describes his impressions following the record run. “And the car is just so stable and consistent. I feel honoured to be part of this project.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Chiron 0-400 km/h Run by Juan Pablo Montoya

Remember Montoya, the young Colombian talent of Formula One in the early 2000s who abandoned the challenging life of F1 for a cozier IndyCar career in America? Well, he’s back in Europe, but not for racing. He was tapped to do a 0-400 km/h sprint test in the Bugatti Chiron, because apparently an average Joe doing it would have been too dull.  

To be honest though, Bugatti Chiron seems to easy to drive, my 90-year-old grandma probably could have done this without breaking a sweat. The ex-F1 hotshot had little to do besides keeping his foot on the accelerator and his hands on the steering wheel. The Chiron’s 1,500 horsepower quad-turbo W16 engine took car of the rest and catapulted the car to 400 km/h, while its gargantuan brakes and precise aerodynamics brought it back to stop safely in a distance of 3.112 kilometres, taking only 41.96 second to accomplish the entire task.

But to be fair this was not all they have paid Monotoya, presumably a lot, to do. This was just a warm up for the Chiron’s top speed attempt which will take place some time next year. They haven’t confirmed Pablo for that yet, but come on, he’s going to be the one recording the hypercar’s real-world top speed. He took the Chiron to 420 km/h during this acceleration test, so he’s already almost there.






Pablo from Colombia commented, “When you are driving the Chiron for the first time and taking it easy, you cannot imagine how powerful it is. But as soon as you open the throttle, you hear the turbochargers pull up and all this torque comes in, and it just does not stop. It is like a linear power curve to happiness.” Montoya is thrilled at the acceleration and braking performance of the Chiron. “The Chiron is so incredibly fast it takes your breath away. And its braking is at least as impressive,” is how he describes his impressions following the record run. “And the car is just so stable and consistent. I feel honoured to be part of this project.”

 

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Gets Its Name in the Record Books Again, but It’s Not for Top Speed

When Bugatti unleashed the fury that is the Chiron on the world, it came with a massive improvement of 296 horsepower and 74 pound-foot of torque over its predecessor, the Veyron Super Sports. With a total of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque on tap, we’re talking about a whole new level of performance and power, something that requires vigilance, focus, and some serious balls of steel if you really want to see things through to their full potential. But, there is a problem – the Chiron is so fast it needs special tires to handle any record-breaking speed, so Bugatti had to limit its top speed to 261 mph. Of course, there’s a “top speed key” that unlocks the full potential, but initial buyers were stuck below the 268-mph limit set forth by the Veyron. Be that as it may, it was said early on that the Chiron was more than capable of toppling that record by none other than Le Mans champion and Bugatti test driver, Andy Wallace. The company has since gone on to say that it would make a record attempt in the future, but it hasn’t made it there quite yet. The Chiron has, however, set a new record for the 0-400-0 sprint – an all-new record.

So, what record was set? Well, the Chiron – with the top speed key – was able to make it from a standstill to 400 kph, then back to a dead stop in just 41.96 seconds. Of course, we can’t really compare this run to any other vehicles, as nobody has ever actually completed the run outside of theoretic computer models, so Bugatti was the first. For those of you on this side of the pond, that means the Chiron went from 0 to 248.54 mph and back to zero. Not bad, but far from the Veyron’s top speed of 268 mph. It was able to hit 248.54 mph in just 32.6 seconds and 8,599 feet, so it took a total of just 9.6 seconds and 1,611 feet to go from 248.54 mph to a complete stop, adding about 2g of force against the driver during the braking maneuver. To put that into perspective, that’s about the same force that astronauts feel when they are launched into space. Want to know more about the Chiron and the individual behind this impressive run?

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PostHeaderIcon Amalgam’s 1:8 Scale Model Replica Of The Bugatti Veyron Vitesse Is Its Sickest One Yet

$15,000 can buy a lot of things. You can split that money up and pay for a year’s worth of rent. You can indulge on something like the Tonino Lamborghini Alpha One smartphone and save the rest for a rainy day. You can even use all of it in one go and buy a Ford Fiesta. All those things are on the table, though you can also use your $15 grand on something far less useful, though still pretty awesome: a 1:8 scale model of the Bugatti Veyron Vitesse.

I’ve seen my fair share of immaculate supercar scale models, but I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never seen anything quite like Amalgam’s scale model of the Veyron Vitesse. The details of this scaled down Veyron Vitesse are incredible. All the little minutiae of the supercar’s design are accurately depicted to the extent that you’d be forgiven if you thought that it was an actual Veyron Vitesse that was shrunk down by some kind of shirking device that Amalgam has at its disposal. Jokes aside, the company did say that the scale model is completely hand-crafted using the original CAD data supplied by no less than Bugatti itself. The involvement of the French automaker is enough reason to understand why the accuracy of the details of the Veyron is absolutely stunning. Amalgam even said that it takes 310 hours to build one scale model, and that’s just one part of a development process that roughly takes 3,000 hours, the equivalent of 125 days! It’s no wonder that the whole thing costs $15,000, and even after talking about it, I still haven’t gone to the best part of the scale model.

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PostHeaderIcon Apparently, The Bugatti Chiron Isn’t Invincible To The Elements: Video

Have you had lunch yet? If you have, then you might have the stomach to watch this. If you haven’t, well, the risk is on you. Nothing really prepares a car with low ground clearance for uneven roads. It only takes a burp from gravity for a car’s low-hanging body parts to make contact with the pavement. That scraping sound is enough to make even the most hardened of men lose their wits. Unfortunately for all of us, watching this video is a perfect example of the perils of low ground clearance, and worse enough, it happened to a Bugatti Chiron.

I’m going to presume that the driver behind the wheel of the Chiron is its owner, so it’ll be easier to stomach the fact that he can’t blame anybody else for his foible. But he did find himself in a very delicate position with little space to maneuver his Chiron in such an angle that one tire goes through the dip in the pavement before the other. Doing so would’ve saved his carbon fiber underbody from getting planted to the ground. But alas, he didn’t have the space he needed so he braved it, rolling the Bugatti supercar straight on. It turned out to be a bad move as the underbody makes contact with the road and we hear that agonizing sound of carbon fiber meeting cement. To make things worse, the whole episode happened in front of a group of people who were mingling around the Chiron. Hopefully, the scrape didn’t do too much damage to the Bugatti supercar, as the slightest damage can be met with five-figure repair costs, or worse if the whole panel gets shredded. Knowing how expensive these parts can be, I’d be sweating in my Bugatti, too.

PostHeaderIcon First U.S.-Spec Bugatti Chiron Finally Gets Delivered

For those who have ever special ordered a vehicle, taking delivery is arguably one of the most exciting feelings in the world. Now, imagine if the car you’re taking delivery of has 1,500 horsepower at its disposal, is limited to just 500 units, and has a price tag that exceeds $3 million. I can’t pretend to know what that feeling’s like, but I do realize the magnitude of seeing a Bugatti Chiron in the flesh for the first time, even if it’s not mine.

Judging from the smile on his face and the giddiness on his step, YouTuber TheStradman had a similar reaction when he captured the first U.S.-spec Chiron get delivered to its dealership, O’Gara Coach in La Jolla, California. The car’s owner – a man named “Hezi” – who also happens to be the same guy who took delivery of the first U.S.-spec Lamborghini Centenario. Not that it’s making me any less jealous, but seeing the process by which the Chiron is delivered and the specific inspections that go on after it provides a good insight on how meticulous the whole thing is. To his credit, TheStradman does a good job of setting the table up, documenting the whole process from the time the car arrives through a massive delivery truck all the way to the actual inspections that go on in ensuring that every available space of the Chiron is built up to Bugatti’s standards.

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PostHeaderIcon Wanna Go Drive Your Bugatti Chiron? Don’t Forget To Bring A Gas Station

In just about every way possible, the Bugatti Chiron is an exercise in excess. Of course, it has to be, right? As the follow-up to the world-beating Bugatti Veyron, the Chiron must push the envelope even further than before, probing the outer limits of what’s possible in a road-legal four-wheeled machine. One quick glance at the specs confirms Bugatti’s success in this endeavor. Making it go is an 8.0-liter W-16 engine stuffed by no less than four turbochargers. All those boost-makers feed the engine with over 60,000 liters of air per minute, while 32 fuel injectors drench it in dino juice and no less than 10 radiators dissipate the heat.

All told, the Chiron manages nearly 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 261 mph. All impressive stuff, no doubt, but what do those numbers look like in terms of efficiency? Welp, the EPA just released miles-per-gallon estimates for the Chiron, and as you might expect, they’re downright laughable. Try 11 mpg combined, with 14 mpg on the highway and just 9 mpg in the city. Of course, 11 mpg is a slight improvement compared to the preceding Veyron, which got just 10 mpg combined with 8 mpg in the city and a slightly better 15 mpg on the highway.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Galibier

The Bugatti 16C Galibier came to life in 2009 as a concept car. Developed as a successor of the EB 218 from 1999, which followed the EB 112 of 1993, the Galibier’s design was based on the Veyron supercar, while the engine was a significantly modified version of the 8.0-liter W-16. Originally slated for production as a modern Royale, the Galibier was eventually cancelled in 2013. Although there’s no official reason for that, it’s believed that the French firm wanted to focus on a Veyron successor, which was launched in 2016 as the Chiron. Word has it that the Galibier project is now back on Bugatti’s table, so we created a brand-new rendering to go with a speculative review.

If you’ve been following the media on the Galibier matter, the project has gone up and down numerous times. Each report that it was considered for production was followed by another one that Bugatti won’t do it weeks or months later. There still isn’t an official statement, so it’s pretty much a mystery. But it’s safe to assume that Bugatti will do it at some point, mainly because it will sell like hotcakes no matter the sticker. Declining the opportunity to make a profit with an ultra-fast and ultra-luxurious sedan would be pure madness. And, Bugatti may be mad, but in a different way. So yeah, I think that the Galibier will arrive in a few years – maybe even sooner than 2020.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Galibier

The Bugatti 16C Galibier came to life in 2009 as a concept car. Developed as a successor of the EB 218 from 1999, which followed the EB 112 of 1993, the Galibier’s design was based on the Veyron supercar, while the engine was a significantly modified version of the 8.0-liter W-16. Originally slated for production as a modern Royale, the Galibier was eventually cancelled in 2013. Although there’s no official reason for that, it’s believed that the French firm wanted to focus on a Veyron successor, which was launched in 2016 as the Chiron. Word has it that the Galibier project is now back on Bugatti’s table, so we created a brand-new rendering to go with a speculative review.

If you’ve been following the media on the Galibier matter, the project has gone up and down numerous times. Each report that it was considered for production was followed by another one that Bugatti won’t do it weeks or months later. There still isn’t an official statement, so it’s pretty much a mystery. But it’s safe to assume that Bugatti will do it at some point, mainly because it will sell like hotcakes no matter the sticker. Declining the opportunity to make a profit with an ultra-fast and ultra-luxurious sedan would be pure madness. And, Bugatti may be mad, but in a different way. So yeah, I think that the Galibier will arrive in a few years – maybe even sooner than 2020.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Test Driver Thinks The Chiron Can Reach A Top Speed Of 280 MPH

A production car hitting a top speed of 300 mph remains one of the most sought-after records in the auto world. Some cars like the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport and the Hennessey Venom GT have come close to reaching that number, but unless Hennessey has some surprises up its sleeve with the new Venom F5, it appears that Bugatti isn’t actively striving to reach for that mark for the time being.

Speaking with Popular Mechanics, Bugatti test driver and former Le Mans champion Andy Wallace indicated that even if the Chiron is capable of achieving an unlimited top speed of 300 mph, it’s unlikely that the company will seek to find out. A big reason for that, at least according to Wallace, pertains to the tires, or the lack of a specific set of tires that can withstand the pressure of a car going that fast. Apparently, the Chiron has valve caps on each wheel that weigh 2.5 grams when the supercar isn’t moving. But that weight equates to about 16 pounds when the car is hitting its so-called “limited” top speed of 261 mph. With the load on the wheels increasing exponentially as the car goes even faster, the Chiron’s tires would not be able to handle the G-load that they’ll inevitably be subjected to. Fortunately, Wallace did tell Popular Mechanics that Michelin is currently developing a set of tires that can help elevate the Chiron’s top speed to north of 280 mph. It’s still not 300 mph, but it should be more than enough to make the Chiron the fastest production car in the world, depending on what Hennessey accomplishes with the Venom F5.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Chiron: World’s 2nd fastest car in 2017

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The market for beautifully created cars is hardly underrated, but for the last 12 years one car has made many heads turn like no other: Bugatti Veyron. Since it has been announced in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron, manufactured by Volkswagen, has amazed more than one.

But it’s successor, Bugatti Chiron, is on the way, and has been announced as the world’s second fastest car.

Like the Veyron, the Chiron consists of a mid-engine, and is a two-seater car. It employs an 8.0-litre W16 quad-turbocharged gasoline mill, and all-wheel drive. But the engine has been reworked on, and it now has a direct injection and the turbochargers are smarter and larger, which will possibly remove lag. Its peak power is mentioned to be 1103kW, an enormous 22kW which is much more than the extravagant Veyron. The maximum torque rises to a huge 1600Nm which is around 2000rpm to 6700rpm.

In terms of speed, the Chiron is slower than the Veyron. While the Chiron can reach an electronically controlled limit of 420km/h, its predecessor can hit 431km/h. However, Bugatti could reveal a faster model like they did with the Veyron Super Sport. It is noteworthy that the speed meter of the Chiron reads up to 500km/h. An official zero to 100km/h time has not been provided by the automaker yet, but it has been rumoured that it takes less than 2.5 seconds. Rated quicker than the Veyron, the Chiron apparently will hit 200km/h in 6.5 seconds and only 13.6 seconds will be required to obliterate 300km/h.

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The Bugatti Chiron weighs 1995kg which is heavier than its processor. Despite Bugatti’s weight-saving programme, the Chiron is somewhat 150kg heavier than the Veyron. The weight is due to the comfort, and on-board technology, which makes its power-to-weight ratio better than that of the Veyron.

When it comes to production run, Bugatti has sold more than 450 Veyron models which was packed with the Grand Vitesse la Finale. For the Chiron, 500 units are planned to be produced with almost 170 slots which have already been reserved by serious buyers who have already deposited a part of the price.

If you plan to save for one of the remaining 330 units, you better save harder. The price of the Chiron has been announced to be around $2.65 million, which is much higher than the Veyron which costed $1.7 million as a start price.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Chiron: World’s 2nd fastest car in 2017

chiron

The market for beautifully created cars is hardly underrated, but for the last 12 years one car has made many heads turn like no other: Bugatti Veyron. Since it has been announced in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron, manufactured by Volkswagen, has amazed more than one.

But it’s successor, Bugatti Chiron, is on the way, and has been announced as the world’s second fastest car.

Like the Veyron, the Chiron consists of a mid-engine, and is a two-seater car. It employs an 8.0-litre W16 quad-turbocharged gasoline mill, and all-wheel drive. But the engine has been reworked on, and it now has a direct injection and the turbochargers are smarter and larger, which will possibly remove lag. Its peak power is mentioned to be 1103kW, an enormous 22kW which is much more than the extravagant Veyron. The maximum torque rises to a huge 1600Nm which is around 2000rpm to 6700rpm.

In terms of speed, the Chiron is slower than the Veyron. While the Chiron can reach an electronically controlled limit of 420km/h, its predecessor can hit 431km/h. However, Bugatti could reveal a faster model like they did with the Veyron Super Sport. It is noteworthy that the speed meter of the Chiron reads up to 500km/h. An official zero to 100km/h time has not been provided by the automaker yet, but it has been rumoured that it takes less than 2.5 seconds. Rated quicker than the Veyron, the Chiron apparently will hit 200km/h in 6.5 seconds and only 13.6 seconds will be required to obliterate 300km/h.

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The Bugatti Chiron weighs 1995kg which is heavier than its processor. Despite Bugatti’s weight-saving programme, the Chiron is somewhat 150kg heavier than the Veyron. The weight is due to the comfort, and on-board technology, which makes its power-to-weight ratio better than that of the Veyron.

When it comes to production run, Bugatti has sold more than 450 Veyron models which was packed with the Grand Vitesse la Finale. For the Chiron, 500 units are planned to be produced with almost 170 slots which have already been reserved by serious buyers who have already deposited a part of the price.

If you plan to save for one of the remaining 330 units, you better save harder. The price of the Chiron has been announced to be around $2.65 million, which is much higher than the Veyron which costed $1.7 million as a start price.

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PostHeaderIcon Carfection Reviews The Bugatti Chiron, Makes Everyone Jealous: Video

Glamour, prestige, and incredible levels of excess in every single way – these are the things that make the Bugatti Chiron what it is. A rundown on the specs is staggering. Making it go is a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine producing 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque through all four wheels. The engine is so voracious, it’ll suck up 60,000 liters of air per minute. A run to 62 mph slots into the low 2-second range, while the ungoverned top speed is somewhere in the vicinity of 288 mph. To call this thing a monster would be a gross understatement – this is the superlative automobile, the last word in power, presence, and velocity. And Carfection got a chance to drive it in this 7-minute review. Lucky bastards.

I could spend pages and pages writing about this car’s incredible specs, and indeed, the above-featured video does devote a good amount of time to talking about the numbers. However, it’s the lovely string of detail shots, the rolling shots on the road, and the jaw-dropping sound the Chiron makes when 1,500 horses are released that really make this video special.

Looking to get lost for a few minutes in a $2.6 million fantasy? Go ahead and hit play. Don’t forget your headphones.

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PostHeaderIcon The Bugatti Chiron Proves that the Wealthy Live a Different Way of Life than the Rest of Us

So, when you decide to purchase a new piece of technology or a new car, you probably make it a point to test it for yourself before actually committing to your purchase and signing on the dotted line, right? Well, for most of us, that’s the smart thing to do. Hell, I couldn’t buy a $3,000 winter beater without giving it a long drive to make sure it’s worthy of my ownership. Plus, it helps to tell you whether or not the car is worth the hype. But, when it comes to those with deep pockets and a love for supercars, apparently things go a little differently as shown by the fact that someone just ordered the 250th Bugatti Chiron. This means that half of the models planned for production have officially been spoken for.

That’s good news for Bugatti and the Chiron, but what does it tell us about those with excessive amounts of money to spend? Well, they certainly don’t have commitment or trust issues. After all, all 250 of those who have bit the bullet and signed up for Bugatti’s next four-wheeled rocket, never test drove the car. And for the record, Bugatti is proud of this, as expressed by Wolfgang Durheimer, the President of Bugatti, when he said, “The fact that we have already taken orders for half of the Chiron series even without test drives so far bears witness to the great confidence of our customers in our brand and its strong aura.”

But, that story will change soon as, by the end of March, the Bugatti is planning a central test-drive event where those already on the list and other prospective customers will have the chance to get behind the wheel. But still, we’re talking about a $2.4 million car. The price in itself should be enough to prove that the car will be top notch – we all know that you get what you pay for – I just don’t think I could commit to such a large purchase without knowing how comfortable the car is, or how it drives, among other things. But, to each their own, I guess.

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PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Announces First Deliveries Of Chiron To Remind Us We're All Still Peasants

You there, common man! Cease your work at the engine lathe for one moment and direct your attention to northeastern France, as the esteemed artisans at Bugatti bid farewell to the first examples of the dream-come-true Chiron hypercar. One by one, as the initial three roll away from Bugatti’s atelier in Molsheim, each a pinnacle of luxury, rapidity, and engineering, they are giving a fond “adieu” before being whisked away to the loving arms of customers in Europe and the Middle East.

This trio of incomparable motor vehicles is but the first of 70 such Chirons slated for production this year. While the exquisite tastes of the individual customer shine through in personalized touches to the bodywork and cabin space, each Chiron comes outfitted with an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine capable of producing 1,479 horsepower. With ample application of the throttle, owners will enjoy breathtaking acceleration and speed, with a pace of 60 mph achieved in a mere 2-and-a-half-seconds, and a maximum velocity of 260 mph. How exhilarating!

While the rabble is rightfully restricted to second-hand enjoyment of the Chiron, they will be permitted to gaze upon it with wonder at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show.

And with that, your break is now complete. Return to your work post haste!


PostHeaderIcon Cristiano Ronaldo Drives the Bugatti Chiron, Takes it Home

Much like its predecessor, the Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron is the kind of supercar that doesn’t need anyone’s approval. The fact that it’s super powerful, super fast, and very, very expensive turns it into an instant hit with car collectors. Yet Bugatti felt the need to get the seal of approval from Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo.

Okay, I’m not exactly serious. Bugatti obviously doesn’t need Ronaldo’s approval for the Chiron, but it can certainly benefit from the massive attention he gets on and outside the pitch. After all, he’s been named World Player of the Year several times, he’s the reigning European Champion with Portugal, and winner of many titles with Real Madrid. He’s one of the greatest superstars alive, and he’s also a big sports car fan. All solid reasons for Bugatti to want him in its latest hypercar.

The so-called test video is pretty much of the commercial variety, lasting a little over a minute and being packed with special effects. In the end, Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace asks Ronaldo to give the key to the car back, adding that he has to call Bugatti if he wants to keep it. You’ll have to find out the outcome for yourselves, but it’s safe to assume that Ronaldo already paid for his Chiron and maybe even taken delivery of the car.

Not bad for an ad for a super expensive vehicle rated at 1,479 horsepower and all the luxury you can get, but I’m not sure Ronaldo is the best man to approve it. He may own several supercars, but he also crashed at leas a couple of them. He’s not the best driver out there.


PostHeaderIcon Is Bugatti Struggling To Sell The Chiron?

On the surface, the question is preposterous, maybe even a little blasphemous. Bugatti struggling to sell its new Chiron supercar sounds like the backbone of a not-so funny joke. Haha, right? Here’s the thing, though. There might be some layer of truth to it, now that no less than Bugatti’s own CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, admitted that the French supercar brand has received a total of 220 confirmed orders for the Chiron so far. Considering that Bugatti has plans to build 500 units of the Chiron over a span of eight years, 280 unaccounted for units seem a lot for a car that’s succeeding the Veyron, one of the most iconic performance cars of this generation.

There are, of course, a number of ways to interpret Durheimer’s comments. On the one hand, it is possible that Bugatti is taking its time accepting new orders for the Chiron now that production for the car has started. According to GT Spirit, Bugatti has even increased production capacity in order to build 65 models for 2017, a sign that the company is going to be up to its head next year building all these units without any delays. The capacity also means that there’s a three-year wait for new orders, which would explain why the Chiron has yet to sell out despite its overall awesomeness.

On the other hand, even Durheimer himself seems to think that the Chiron isn’t selling as well as Bugatti expected. In the conversation with GT Spirit, the Bugatti boss expressed “hope” that new orders for the Chiron will come in once prospective customers see for themselves the surreal experience of driving one of the fastest and most powerful cars in the world. “I’m confident the customers who have not yet decided to order a Chiron will do so when they have had a chance to drive it,” Durheimer added.

Color me skeptical, but that sounds like a man who’s still trying to sell the merits of the Chiron to would-be customers. The supercar’s $2.6 million price tag certainly doesn’t help its cause. Nor does the $200,000 deposit that Bugatti is asking to secure a reservation for the supercar. These factors could have played significant roles on why Bugatti has yet to find owners for more than half of the Chirons it plans to build.

So while it’s not entirely accurate that Bugatti is “struggling” to sell the Chiron, the fact the model has yet to sell out is pretty surprising.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Bugatti Chiron Could Go Hybrid For More Power

When it comes to Bugatti and its new Chiron hypercar, the word “limitation” has no application to it whatsoever. That’s even more true now that Autocar is reporting that Bugatti is considering adding a hybrid powertrain for the 1,479-horsepower hypercar in an attempt to make it more insane than it already is.

Speaking with the website, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer said that the French automaker isn’t ruling out the possibility of adding electric motors to add to the Chiron’s existing 8.0-liter quad-turbo V-16 engine. The caveat to leaving that door slightly ajar is that Bugatti isn’t going to do it unless there’s a need to push the Chiron’s performance capabilities well past its existing 1,479-horsepower output. Such a scenario seems unlikely on the surface, but if there’s anything the company has learned from it’s time with the Veyron, it’s that competition can come in the unlikeliest of places and in the event the Chiron becomes vulnerable to another supercar, there’s a “next level” door that the French automaker can kick to unleash even more power out of its new crown jewel.

Details about a possible hybrid powertrain have yet to be revealed and rightfully so. If Bugatti does have that ace up it’s sleeve, don’t expect it to wave it around for all the world to see. The Chiron is a performance car after all and Bugatti’s main purpose for the car is for it to be the fastest and most powerful production car in the world. If that status is threatened, then that’s likely the time the French automaker begins laying out the groundwork for a hybrid-powered Chiron, one that can push past the limits of the existing version into God-knows-where.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Top 5 Cars Sold at Gooding & Company Auction During Monterey Car Week 2016

When it comes to major auctions, it’s pretty common to find various Ferrari models at the top of the list. This year, the auctions taking place during Monterey Car Week were wild as usual. Mecum auctions turned out some amazing vehicles with the top 10 cars pulling in nearly $20 million, but that’s nowhere near the kind of numbers we saw at the Gooding & Company auction. In fact, Gooding’s number for the top five cars was more than double that of Mecum’s top 10 – pretty wild right?

Gooding had a lot of cars listed, and 160 of those lots actually sold. Some of the lower-priced cars include models like a 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Coupe for $412,500, a 1988 Porsche 959 Comfort for $1,320,000, a 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1 Le Mans for $143,000, a 1928 Morris Oxford for just $49,400, and there was even a 1968 Iso Grifo 7 Litri that sold for $682,000. Okay, so some of those numbers might night be “low” for some of us, but in the grand scheme of things, none of them are much when you consider the most expensive car sold at Gooding this year commanded just of $18 million. More about that later, but I’ll give you a hint: It’s a Ferrari. Shocker, right?

Well, with that said, let’s take a good look at Gooding’s top five from this year at Monterey and talk a little about them. There’s just something about these high-dollar collectibles that really gets the blood flowing, isn’t there?

Keep reading to learn about the top five sellers from Gooding & Company


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