The Bugatti Chiron: King of Everything

No car has ever made an impact on the automotive world quite like the Bugatti Veyron. Upon its release in 2005, the Veyron became synonymous with a ludicrous blend of speed and luxury unlike anything the world had ever seen before. During its lengthy time in production, it took the honors of the fastest and most powerful production car in the world, and pushed modern technology to its limits along the way. But the Veyron didn't just bring Bugatti back to the front lines of supercar production; it became an automotive benchmark. Every supercar, every car that considered itself fast, was compared to the Veyron. Before 2005, how many people that didn't pay attention to cars even knew about Bugatti? Yes, it's a company with a long, celebrated history, but when the Veyron came out, Bugatti became THE name at the top of the automotive pyramid. Rappers, professional athletes, and other celebrities are some of the lucky few with enough funds to afford the seven-digit price tag, and many have come to see owning a Bugatti as the ultimate sign of success. Aside from its public fame, the Veyron is a legend in the automotive world. Even if you don't like it, you can't help but to respect the incredible engineering that went into creating such a beast. So when Bugatti announced they would finally reveal the Veyron's successor at this year's Geneva Motor Show, the automotive world took notice. So, without further adieu, allow me to present to you the new Bugatti Chiron.

The Chiron is powered by a revised version of the Veyron's massive 8 liter, quad-turbocharged W16 engine. Power is up to an astonishing 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb ft of torque, and all that fury is sent to all four wheels through an updated 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Want some performance numbers? Of course you do. 0-62 happens in less than 2.5 seconds, 0-124 in under 6.5 seconds, and the 0-186 run happens in around 13 seconds. I'll give you a minute to let that sink in...ok, ready for more? The top speed is electronically limited to 261 miles per hour, but, Bugatti being Bugatti, an unrestricted Chiron will undoubtedly make a run for the world's fastest production car in the not-too-distant future. With the old Veyron Super Sport holding the current record at 268 miles per hour, the world is watching with excitement to see what this new car can do.

Design-wise, the Chiron is more evolution than revolution, as it keeps the core elements of Bugatti's modern design language. However, this car is more focused on aerodynamics than it may originally seem. Its headlights also serve as intakes to cool the brakes and the massive curve on the Chiron's side profile takes in air around the car to cool the engine. The front end incorporates low, wide intakes which obviously take inspiration from the Veyron. The rear end is much more open than its predecessor, in order to let out as much of the immense heat the engine produces as possible. The diffuser is also designed for optimal downforce, in order to suck the car to the ground as it travels at speeds most supercars can only dream of. On the rear, a fin is displayed over the engine bay, reminiscent of a rather famous historical Bugatti, the Type 57SC Atlantic. An active rear spoiler is also present, functioning both to keep the Chiron stable and act as an air brake when necessary.

Inside, the Chiron looks very different from the Veyron it replaces. An elegant center console mirrors the fin on the center line of the exterior, while the interior is finished with as much carbon fiber and fine leather as you would expect. And then some. One of the most astonishing things about modern Bugatti cars is that, despite the incredible performance, they are also extremely refined and well-equipped on the inside. The Chiron's cabin is a place that I'm sure the world's wealthiest car lovers will thoroughly enjoy.

So how much does one have to pay to acquire the world's latest hypercar? The base price is somewhere around $2,600,000, with plenty of room to grow if buyers feel the need to check off a bunch of options boxes (which some undoubtedly will). 500 will be made, and around 1/3 of them were sold before the car was even revealed to the public. I can't wait to see what kind of effect this monster of a car has on the automotive world. For all the news on Bugatti, as well as much more to come from this year's insane Geneva Motor Show, stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.