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Bugatti Lifts Covers on 261-mph Chiron Ahead of Geneva Debut

Limited-edition ultracar aiming to regain world speed record.

by on Feb.29, 2016

The new Bugatti Chiron.

The long-awaited successor to the Bugatti Veyron has made its debut a day ahead of its official unveiling at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, and whether you’re talking price, power or performance, the numbers are staggering.

To run by the basics, the new Bugatti Chiron will punch out 1,500 horsepower, launch from 0 to 60 in less than 2.5 seconds, and top out at 261 mph, enough to put it on target for a new world speed record. Oh, and did we mention the starting price of $2.6 million?

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“The Chiron is the quintessential ultimate super sports car: ultra-modern, incredibly fast, agile and powerful with a stylistically demanding design and the highest possible levels of comfort,” says Bugatti chief Wolfgang Dürheimer. “This combination is not offered by any other market player and gives Bugatti its unique market position.”


Bugatti Finally Confirms Geneva Debut of New Chiron Hypercar

Using electric turbos for its W-16, top speed could near 290 mph.

by on Nov.30, 2015

The long-awaited Bugatti Chiron will finally make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

After a seemingly endless wait, Bugatti has finally confirmed plans to debut the replacement for its long-lived Veyron at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

As long-rumored, the “hypercar” will be known as the Bugatti Chiron, a name borrowed both from Greek mythology and one of the more legendary Bugatti factory drivers.

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While details remain to be seen, expectations are that the new Chiron will regain claim to being the world’s most powerful – and possibly fastest – automobile, with a 16-ylinder engine likely to produce something on the order of 1,500 horsepower.


This Bugatti Really is a Work of Art

Revealing the secret formulas.

by on Mar.05, 2013

Artist Bernar Venet captures the winning formula with this one-off version of the Bugatti Veyron.

With its unique, spaceship like design and an engine capable of launching it to a top speed of 250 mph, the Bugatti Veyron has more than occasionally been described as a “work of art.”

That term now truly applies, the French-based supercar maker rolling into the Geneva Motor Show with a unique one-off model dubbed the Bugatti Grand Sport Venet. That’s a reference to the popular French painter and sculptor Bernar Venet who was asked to create what Bugatti has dubbed “art on wheels.”

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During a preview of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the artist admits he was highly skeptical when first approached by the supercar maker, a division of Germany’s Volkswagen AG. “I told them it was impossible,” Venet explained, asserting that the Bugatti Veyron “was already a work of art. Would you paint on a Michaelangelo?”

But eventually, the automaker prevailed, Venet laughing that, “When they want something, they get it.”


Bugatti Grand Sport Vitesse Billed as Most Powerful Roadster Ever

Torque, horsepower up 20% over original Grand Sport.

by on Feb.22, 2012

The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse will make over 1,200 hp and over 1,100 ft-lbs of torque.

Bugatti has never been one to skimp on power, not since the launch of the mind-bogglingly fast Veyron broke the 1,000-horsepower barrier.  But the maker has continued nudging up the pony count with a series of Veyron spin-offs and now is set to unveil what it’s billing as the world’s most powerful roadster ever at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

While the specifics are yet to come, expect to launch from 0 to 60 mph faster than you can say: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Vitesse Sport.

The new Grand Sport Vitesse will make the earlier Grand Sport roadster seem like a virtual piker when it comes to power, bumping the earlier model’s 1,001 hp up to 1,200, with the torque figure jumping from 1,250 Newton-meters to 1,500 Nm – or from 922 lb-ft to 1106 for the metrically challenged.

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To get there, Bugatti engineers adopted a set of four larger turbochargers and intercoolers.  The chassis has also been stiffened, the maker notes, “to support the power increase.”