The french automaker's new model is so powerful, that its engineers had to limit their speed to "only" 260 mph. With just 500 units for sale, Bugatti continues to have the most exclusive car in its class.
By Federico Tibytt
Bugatti, the traditional French automaker— part of the Volkswagen group—presented at this year’s Geneva Motor Show its latest model, called Chiron. This new vehicle boasts an astonishing 1,500 horsepower and a top speed electronically limited to 260 m / h (420 km / h) for safety reasons.
Elegant and sophisticated, the Chiron gets its impressive power from a huge 8,000 cubic centimeters quad-turbo W16 engine, which thanks to its functional redesign and efficient use of its 4 turbo-compressors generates an incredible torque of 1,600 n / m, available between 2000 and 6000 rpm.
This allows the car to reach incredible speeds in just seconds, for that reason its engineers decided to limit it to 260 mph (420 km/h), the speed that they considered sufficient even though the car is able to run even faster.
When it comes to design, the Chiron clearly shows the Bugatti look but it has been developed from the new design language of the brand, where the shape of the vehicle must be adapted to the performance needs to offer the user the best possible sporting performance.
This new model is inspired by the iconic Type 57SC Atlantic, with a short front that includes four elongated headlights in a horizontal line, giving it an aggressive and elegant look.
The sides of the Chiron are dominated by curves and smooth lines in perfect harmony, which are only interrupted by huge tires and competition wheels, specially designed to control the awesome power of the engine, which is distributed from the all-wheel drive to all four wheels.
The sportier side of the design is in the car’s rear, which shows a huge robotic spoiler that rises and rotates, adapting to the speed and enhancing its aerodynamic line.
The interior is as luxurious and elegant as the interiors of its predecessors, but with the advantage of being more spacious: it offers more legroom and larger seats, as well as a higher ceiling.
As is the case with the vast majority of today’s high-end sports cars, this new Bugatti has different modes of use, which can regulate the floor clearance and the hardness of the suspension and steering, as well as traction type and modes of consumption: the Chiron offers 5 modes, Lift, EB Auto, Autobahn, Handling and Top Speed, but the latter is the only one that allows the driver to reach maximum speed.
On the other hand, if the driver wants to activate the fastest mode he will need to turn a specific knob. This security measure prevents total power mode to be selected by mistake, given the enormous power displayed by the vehicle.
With a price of around 2.5 million and production limited to just 500 units, Bugatti has managed once again to present— among its product line — the most powerful, exclusive and striking automobile in the market. ■
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