How do you top the exemplary Bugatti Veyron, one of the fastest and universally esteemed supercars of all time? By taking it one step further, of course.
Bugatti has sought to do the same with its new Chiron, which will make all the jaws drop when the world gets the first glimpse of it during the Geneva Motor Show in March. The French manufacturer is going to do it, again.
Bugatti has clearly defined the Chiron as a Veyron-replacement, aiming to replicate, and hopefully surpass, the phenomenal success of the predecessor. Some key information regarding this beast has been leaked in a Czech Republic report. The Chiron will pack 1,500 horsepower and 1,500 Nm of torque. This is a notch up from the Veyron’s quad-turbocharged 8.0 litre W16 engine with some electric supplication.
The most exciting bit of news, however, is how fast this mean-machine can go. After all, isn’t that the whole point of owning a supercar – to drive it (extremely!) fast? Well, Bugatti more than ticks the box in this area, boasting a top speed of around 467 kph, and believed to rack up 0 to 60 kmph in 1.36 seconds; and 0 to 100 kmph in 2.2 seconds. It surpasses the Veyron’s top speed by around 32 kph, and creates an abyss between itself and others who aspire to be right at the top of the speeding charts.
Part hype and part astronomically high performance specs have led to 130 orders for the vehicle already, which represents a significant portion of the planned 500 units. Since the brand is expected to produce a mere 100 specimens per year, even the initial wait list will stretch well into 2017 or early 2018, making the car’s life cycle a total of five years, which is half the length of Veyron’s.
The Chiron will quite possibly become the fastest car in the world, surpassing the current record holder Hennessey Venom GT, although it will face stiff competition from the 2016 Hennessey Venom V5. Therefore it comes as no surprise that it is expected to be priced exorbitantly. The coupe version will cost you a whopping 14.5 crores Rs. to become a proud owner of the car, and an additional few lakhs for the Targa version. Absolutely worth the investment, if you got the moolah. We can’t wait to lay our eyes on the car that expands the horizons of the automotive domain. March can’t come soon enough!