The Bugatti Chiron is probably one of the most-awaited cars at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Well, that’s at least if you’re into supercars, and world-record-breaking cars. Which I suspect you all are. The brand has sold its last Bugatti in 2015, the FINALE, a red-carbon-fiber & black jewel. After building more than 400 of them (including all different declinations: Veyron, SuperSport, GrandSport & Vitesse). The rumor of the new Veyron has been going on for quite some time now, ever since we’ve seen pictures of the “Galibier” waaay back in the days (it was probably meant as a more comfy & luxurious model though). I personnally never heard of it again ever since.
However, throughout 2014 and 2015, we started to get hints for what was coming. First teasers, then a name: Chiron. The Bugatti Chiron. The new hypercar from Molsheim takes the name of one of Bugatti’s most famous pilots, Louis Chiron, who joined the french brand in 1928 and raced in numerous Grand Prix. I must say, I sincerely appreciate it when manufacturers pay tribute to pilots who helped shape the brand and its image.
Since the VW scandal erupted around november 2015, I immediately thought of the fate for the CHIRON project. Especially when the CEO said something along the lines of “all non-necessary projects will be put on hold” (don’t quote me on that though). That made me wonder, especially when you know for a fact Bugatti has been losing money on each and every Veyron they’ve built.
But luckily for us, the project was well underway: every aspect was probably already set-up, finished and taken care of. That is no surprise considering Bugatti unveiled the “Bugatti VISION GT” at the 2015 Frankfurt IAA. Designed for the GranTurismo videogame franchise, it’s an absolutely BRUTAL racecar with very sharp angles, which clearly shares DNA with the Veyron (I’m a big fan of Bugatti’s distinctive horseshoe front grill). Bugatti executives have hinted that the Vision GT was an inspiration for the CHIRON.
So, what about the Chiron?
The Bugatti Chiron will probably be another one of those cars that highjacks the news and gets all the starlight since its birth. Just like the Bugatti Veyron before it, there are great odds the Chiron will become the fastest production car in the wold (I wonder what Koenigsegg will have to say about that).
There are talks of a 1500 bhp engine, allowing top speeds of +450 km/h. This is absolutely silly, but in a good way. Everyone is already talking about 500 units. That’s about 100 more than the Veyron production – I don’t know if that is a good idea considering it took Bugatti well over 10 years to sell all the Veyrons. The price for the beast is rumored to be 2,5 million euros: double the Veyron’s debut price. Though it’s factually not the case with 500 units, we’re getting into seriously limited-edition area prices, here. However, this shouldn’t be an issue when you’re part of the very select few who can actually afford one (some say there are already 100 orders for it). As of today, many existing & potential clients were already shown the final Bugatti Chiron, which to this day is still a well-guarded secret.
Kudos Bugatti, I love a good surprise.