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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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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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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!
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.
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.
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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.
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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?
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Mecum Auctions has been involved with collector cars for almost three decades now, growing from a small family business to selling roughly 20,000 lots per year. In addition to top-dollar automobiles, Mecum also offers vintage motorcycles, collectible road art, and believe it or not, tractors. But you and I don’t really care about all that other stuff – we’re in it for the cars, from cutting-edge performance machines to ironclad muscle cars, antique classics to no-frills racers. Thankfully, Mecum has the entire spread on tap. The auction house averages more than one event per month, but one of the biggest is in California for Monterey Car Week. Roughly 600 vehicles are slated to hit the block for 2016, and we’ve got some of the most interesting of them profiled right here.
Highlighting the lineup for Monterey is the Modern Speed Collection, a host of ultra-high-end speed-mobiles from the present day. Mecum calls it “the apex of 21st Century automotive performance,” and picking through the offerings, I’m inclined to agree. Think rare, gorgeous, and absurdly quick.
TopSpeed will be on the scene this year, bringing you all the latest. Read on for a taste of what’s in store.
Update 08-20-2016 5:00 P.M. PST We’re on the scene at Mecum and have updated this preview with a welcome video. Check it out in the preview below.
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TMB Art Metal has done some awesome working in the past, offering keepsakes made from the metals of various cars. Different items have been made from vehicles like the Bugatti Type 35, Jaguar D-Type, the Spitfire, and even the Flying Scotsman train. More recently, the company created a series of poppy pins out of British shell fuses from the Somme battlefield to pay tribute to the soldiers killed during battle back in 1916. Now, TMB Art Metal is paying tribute to the Bugatti Veyron with a set of very special cufflinks made from the wheel of a Bugatti Veyron OZ Racing.
Most of the cufflinks are composed of the high-quality aluminum from the wheel of a Veyron OZ Racing in the design of the Veyron’s 12-spoke alloy wheels. The cufflinks are handcrafted and feature a silver rim and silver spokes. The wheels are crafted out of bronze to give a gold appearance, but can also be had in chrome black to offer a different, but equally gorgeous look. Every set of cufflinks from with a certificate of authenticity.
Christopher Bennett, the found of TMB Art Metal, said, “With the launch of the new Chiron, Bugatti has underlined its ability to make the greatest sports cars on the planet. These cuff links pay tribute to another of Bugatti’s glorious creations, and are a much more affordable way for owners and fans alike to carry a piece of the Veyron around with them.”
The cufflinks are priced at £295, or about $380, and can be purchased by contacting TMB Art Metal directly. All told, they look great and are sure to make any Bugatti enthusiast pretty happy.
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When I was 13 years old, the closest thing I could ever get to driving a car was to take control of the wheel as my father pulled into our driveway. That was it. I didn’t get to actually drive a car legally until I got into college, and even then, I only did it sparingly. So imagine what it must be like to be 13-year-old Armik Aghakhani, who was allowed by his father to go all-out on his car. Oh, and that car just happened to be a Bugatti Veyron.
Before anybody starts thinking about how irresponsible Steven Aghakhani was for doing that, let’s put some context behind this story. Armik may only be a year into being a “teen,” but he’s already an accomplished driver, having started racing karts at the tender age of seven. As soon as he is legally allowed, the younger Aghakhani hopes to star racing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, an ambitious goal even for a young whippersnapper. Fortunately, he’s got a good coach in 2013 Formula Drift champion Michael Essa teaching him the racing ropes.
So back to the Veyron drive. The ride occurred at the recently held Shift S3ctor Airstrip Attack event in Colorado. With the event falling on Father’s Day, Steven gave his young racing prodigy a chance to go all out on his Veyron, and like the racing student that he is, Armik gamely obliged as he shot his dad’s prized supercar to speeds north of 200 mph, eclipsing his previous best of 195 mph in the same car.
It’s a nice video to watch and it might even be inspiring for a lot of fathers and sons out there.
The Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance always attracts its share of exotics and exclusive models. It won’t be different in this year’s event as Bugatti has confirmed the attendance of its new Chiron hypercar and the Vision Grand Turismo show car at The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering event.
The part about both cars attending isn’t exactly the big deal here. After all, both the Chiron and the VGT show car have already made their respective world debuts. That said, this will be the first time that the show car will be displayed in the United States and having it sit beside the car that it had a hand in inspiring from a design point of view adds to the appeal of having both of them at Pebble Beach.
In the Instagram post touting the cars’ participation at Pebble Beach, Bugatti also indicated that the two cars that will be at Pebble Beach already has an owner, which the company identified by his Instagram handle, @b14. But according to Auto Evolution, the account and more importantly, the Chiron and the VGT show car are owned by no less than Prince Badr bin Saud, the grandson of the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Bugatti didn’t say how much the prince bought the two cars for, but it did say that he had “submitted the most convincing bid.” In other words, it had a lot of zeroes in it.
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Long thought to be a one-model brand, Bugatti is now considering the feasibility of building a second model to sit alongside the Chiron supercar with one of the models being the Galibier luxury sedan.
Speaking with Drive, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer commented on Bugatti’s future plans, the most significant of which is a strategy that will make the French brand more financially independent from parent company Volkswagen AG in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal that has plagued the German auto conglomerate. One possible way for Bugatti to secure this financial and operations independency is to add another model to its lineup.
Durheimer confirmed that the Galibier is one of four models the company is considering. As for the other three, the Bugatti CEO said he still couldn’t talk about any of them, but the report indicates that another option is a luxury SUV that would compete against the Rolls-Royce Callinan. There’s also talk of an all-electric luxury car and the most intriguing of them all, an “entry-level” supercar that would sit below the Chiron.
Despite the rumors surrounding these potential models, Durheimer seems to have a soft spot for the Galibier because it has, in his own words, “some revolutionary approaches that no one to date has yet dared to place into production.” What those approaches are is anybody’s guess, but it is worth noting that Durheimer has been championing for the Galibier dating back to his first stint as Bugatti’s top boss. Now that he’s back in the company after spending some time running Audi, the possibility of (finally!) seeing the Galibier in the flesh is as big as it’s ever been. All that’s left is to see where this road Bugatti is leading us in ends up.
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For the record, I’ve never been to Idaho and I don’t know too much about the state besides it being the country’s biggest source of potatoes. But I do know that it hosts the Sun Valley Road Rally, a gathering of supercar owners who are afforded the opportunity to drive their cars to their full limit on a closed section of road. It’s an annual event, and over the last few years, it has hosted some of the finest exotics in the business. This year’s event took place on Saturday, July 23, 2016 and from what I’ve heard, there was one supercar that really stood out from the rest: a bespoke Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse L’Or Rouge that its proud owner affectionately calls “Hellbug.”
The name probably alludes to its red-and-black, two-tone color scheme with the fancy striping. It’s a hard car to miss when it was idle. But once it came time to actually flexing its muscle, Hellbug became an impossibly difficult car to keep up with. That’s because the driver and owner of the car was able to hit an incredible 230 mph on the road. It may not have approached the Veyron GSV’s overall top speed of 254 mph, but just watching the car’s odometer slowly go past 230 mph is a sight in it of itself.
It’s hard to imagine what it would be like going at that speed on a public road. But every year, supercar owners get to do just that at the Sun Valley Road Rally. And, just as it did at last year’s gathering when it hit 235.7 mph, Hellbug once again stole the show for all the right reasons.
The Bugatti Chiron may one day break all the records that its predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron, set on its way to becoming the world’s fastest production car, but there is one thing that the Veyron had that the Chiron is apparently not getting: a roadster or convertible version.
The bombshell was dropped by Bugatti’s sales and marketing boss Dr. Stefan Brungs in a conversation with Autocar at the opening of the automaker’s first and only showroom in the U.K. Brungs didn’t shoot down the possibility that the Chiron will get different variants, but none of these prospective versions will be configured as either a roadster or a convertible. For now, the company’s focus is to sell 500 models of the Chiron before discussing the model’s expansion opportunities. To date, Bugatti already has more than 200 orders for its new supercar with 15 alone coming from the U.K.
Brungs also took the time to confirm that the Chiron is already being prepared to make a run at the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport’s world record top speed of 268 mph. Very little details were given as far as the preparations are concerned, but a previous report indicated that once the Chiron is fully up to speed and Bugatti is confident of what it can offer, the world record attempt will happen sometime in the next few years.
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It’s been less than a week since the Portuguese national soccer team won Euro 2016 in France, and its main star, Cristiano Ronaldo, is celebrating behind the steering wheel of his brand-new Bugatti Veyron. Also known for his passion for supercars, Ronaldo has recently taken delivery of one of the last Veyrons built. Word has it that Real Madrid’s player paid about £1.7 million (around $2.25 million) for the car. The Portuguese showcased his latest purchase on Instagram and referred to the car as an “animal.”
Ronaldo has now joined a host of sports stars that at some point owned a Veyron, including boxer Floyd Mayweather and Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos. Also, he is now the proud owner of one of only 450 Veyrons ever built. Being one of the last vehicles to leave the company’s shop, Ronaldo’s example is a Grand Sport, which is Bugatti talk for convertible/targa.
As a reminder, the Veyron Grand Sport uses a quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W-16 engine rated at a whopping 1,184 horsepower. It needs less than three seconds to hit 60 mph from a standing start, while its top speed is an impressive 254 mph.
The new Veyron Grand Sport is just one of Ronaldo’s many cars. The Portuguese player owns several Porsches, Ferraris, and Bentley, as well as a Rolls-Royce Phantom and a Maserati GranCabrio. In 2009, he crashed one of his Ferraris in England, but hopefully the Veyron won’t have the same fate.
Images: Cristiano Ronaldo Instagram
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I don’t know if there’s any place in this world that I’d prefer to get invited to than the inside of a Bugatti Chiron. To date, only a handful of people outside those who work for Bugatti have had a chance to enjoy the Chiron on a more personal level. Not that we mind, but the folks over at CarThrottle got the chance to get a ride onboard the Chiron during the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. And, to make the ride-along more special, they were driven around the ‘Ring by no less than Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Durheimer.
There’s a lot to digest in this 13-minute video. The first part of the video takes a close look at the Chiron, highlighting every new aspect of the supercar down to the hilt. As soon as that was done, the real fun started as Durheimer climbs into the cabin of the supercar to run through the start procedure of the Chiron and all the important controls on the steering wheel. Most importantly, he drops an important piece of information, essentially telling CarThrottle that the Chiron’s Guinness World Record-sanctioned record attempt won’t happen until 2018, giving Bugatti enough time to prepare for the attempt. Something tells me that the French automaker is also waiting for the Koenigsegg One:1 to make its record attempt before trying to eclipse the top speed that the One:1 will inevitably set. That’s a smart move for Bugatti.
In any event, Durheimer eventually sets out on the track and proceeds to push the Chiron hard. At one point, he even slows down on the Döttinger Höhe straight before punching the pedal, setting the Chiron loose as it hit 200 mph in a matter of seconds. It may not feel like the car’s going that fast when you watch it, but to hear the gnarly sound of those four turbochargers and all the cuss words that were being beeped out, I’d venture a guess that Durheimer wasn’t holding back one bit.
If ever you get the chance to ride shotgun in a Bugatti Chiron, this video should be your guide on how to brace for the inevitable speed rush.
Every automaker has its unicorn; the car that is always rumored to get built but for one reason or another never seems to happen. For Bugatti, that car is the Galibier, the super luxurious and super powerful 1,000-horsepower sedan that the French automaker unveiled in 2009. Over the following seven years, decision-makers at Bugatti have waffled over the production of the Galibier about as often as a Spider-Man movie reboot. It’s going to be built one day and going to be shelved the next. However, it appears that Bugatti is finally considering the Galibier as a production model again, albeit with a catch. It’s one of four different alternatives that the company is looking at to replace the yet-to-arrive Bugatti Chiron.
Word from Car and Driver has it that Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer is weighing the possibility of bringing the Galibier to the market. It’s a long-overdue development for the 2009 concept, which was initially billed as one of front-runners to eventually replace the Bugatti Veyron. We all know that didn’t happen since the Chiron has taken that mantle, but it appears that not all hope is lost with regards to the possibility of the Galibier transitioning into production form.
But don’t get excited just yet. Dürheimer says it’s just one of four alternatives, which means that there are three more that the company is considering. No details have been revealed on what these three “alternatives” are, but knowing how Bugatti operates, it’s going to be absurdly fast and powerful beyond compare. Could it be a more track-focused version of both the Veyron or the Chiron? Maybe it’s an all-powerful hybrid, something a lot of people initially thought the Chiron would come in.
It’s still too early to tell at this point. Even if Bugatti does choose the route of the Galibier, don’t expect to see it for a long time, or at least until the Chiron’s production run ends. Remember, the Bugatti Veyron and all it’s forms and variants lasted 10 years in the market. If the Chiron has a similar lifespan, the successor wouldn’t arrive until 2026.
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Oh, what it must’ve felt like to be the driver of this transport carrier. As if it wasn’t pressure enough to be carrying a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, the man in charge of this trailer is also carrying an even more important piece of cargo. More important than the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, you ask? To that, I say yes, because as you can see, just below the Veyron is the all-new Bugatti Chiron in all its pristine black glory.
These two videos were taken just outside Bugatti’s dealership in Monaco and as you can see, incredible care and delicacy were being practiced in taking the Chiron out of the trailer and into the dealership. That much is to be expected considering that the car in question here costs $2.61 million. Even the driver who got behind the wheel of the Chiron had to wear gloves before touching the steering wheel, which, by the way, had its own covers too. That’s the amount of caution people need to have while in the presence of the Chiron. Can’t say I can blame them for taking this approach.
Bugatti has announced that only 500 units will be made available, of which over 150 are already accounted for. That leaves fewer than 350 units that are still up for grabs. It might not mean much for folks like us, but I anticipate Bugatti to have its fill of Chiron orders by the time production of the 1,500-horsepower supercar begins in the company’s Molsheim production facility in France. Deliveries are expected to start in October 2016 so it won’t be long before we see all these Chirons running around and owning whatever road they travel on.
In the meantime, we have these two videos of the Chiron being meticulously taken out of its transport trailer and parked inside the automaker’s Monaco dealership to keep us busy. It may not mean much, but for what it’s worth, I can watch these videos over and over again and still not get tired of them.
Automotive recalls seem to be a pretty common these days, but it’s not very often you seen a manufacturer like Bugatti show up on the recall list. The crazy part is that between March 23rd and April 8th of this year, Bugatti has issued a total of three recalls for the Bugatti Veyron. For a low-volume manufacturer like Bugatti, that is a little troubling. None of the recalls are for anything that poses and immediate risk, but they shouldn’t be taken lightly either.
The first recall that was issued on March 23rd involves certain 2006 to 2010 Veyron models, 2010 to 2012 Veyron Grand Sport models, and 2011 to 2013 Veyron Super Sport models. On these models, there are aluminum reference plates bonded to the undercarriage for jacking and lifting purposes. It was found that these plates may corrode and fall off the vehicle, potentially creating a road hazard or striking another vehicle. Bugatti techs will rivet the plates to the underbody and reseal them to alleviate the problem. A total of 87 vehicles are affected by this recall.
The next recall on the list involves the 2006 to 2010 Bugatti Veyron and 2010 to 2011 Veyron Grand Sport models. On these models, the fuel gauge may read too high, indicating that there is more fuel than there really is. To remedy the problem, Bugatti will replace the control unit for the fuel tank and update the software in the on-board computer system. This recall isn’t all that serious but, to avoid running out of gas on the road, it might be a good idea to keep the tank topped up until the repair can be completed. A total of 72 vehicles are affected by this recall.
The third recall is a little more serious than the others and affects just 2006 to 2008 Veyron models. It was found that the battery cable and its connection to the alternator may corrode and create excessive resistance in the battery cable. This will generate excessive heat, which could eventually spark a fire in the engine bay. Bugatti will replace the battery cable and clean up the corrosion on the alternator to take care of the problem. A total of 13 vehicles are affected by this recall, and to date, we haven’t heard of any fires being caused by this problem.
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After many years of development and several prototypes spotted on and around the Nurburgring in 2015, the new Bugatti Chiron finally broke cover at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Developed to replace the already iconic Veryron, the Chiron borrows many features from its predecessor, but sports design cues of its own, including a redesigned interior and a more powerful drivetrain. With Bugatti’s new hypercar already on its way to the production line, we decided to have a closer look at its roadster sibling, the Chiron Grand Sport.
If you feel a bit confused, you haven’t missed anything. Bugatti hasn’t launched the Chiron Grand Sport behind your back. In fact, the French firm has yet to make a statement about a topless Chiron, but we know such a model is in the books. Given that the Veyron spawned not one, but two roadsters, the Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse, there’s no way Bugatti will build all 500 Chirons in coupe body style only. Also, it’s only natural to assume that Bugatti will continue to use the Grand Sport name with the Chiron in order to take brand’s modern legacy forward.
Having said that, expect the Chiron Grand Sport to arrive in a couple of years as a 2019 or 2020 model year supercar. Likewise, look for Bugatti to attempt to establish a new world record for the fastest production convertible with the Chiron. But until we find out more about that, check out our speculative review and rendering below.
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