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Bugatti Chiron Makes First US Public Appearance

New ultracar not a “carryover” from predecessor.

by on Aug.22, 2016

The new Bugatti Chiron was on full display at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

While it officially debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last spring, Bugatti has been keeping the new Chiron ultracar largely under wraps ever since.

But the Volkswagen AG maker brought the Veyron successor out, appropriately enough, for this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and we finally got the chance to check it out up close – and with the help of Chiron Chief Engineer Willi Netuschil.

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While the Chiron picks up on key styling cues of the brand’s previous exotic, the Veyron, Netuschil made it clear that it is anything but a carryover. A closer look, he explained, reveals the significant updates made to ensure that Chiron can deliver a whopping 25% more power than the old Bugatti, something that should help it regain a number of world records, including power, torque and top speed. (more…)

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.


Bugatti Playing Games with New Vision Gran Turismo

Next production model still a no-show, but concept offers “clear indication” of what’s to come.

by on Sep.15, 2015

The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo: designed for a videogame it offers a hint of the real world.

Every other week, it seems, stories hit the wires and Web suggesting that Bugatti is finally ready to reveal the production model that will replace it now out-of-production Veyron. And, one after the other, those rumors get shot down.

But, yet again, there was plenty of excitement and anticipation when the supercar maker announced plans for a news conference at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. And, once again, it turned out that Bugatti itself was playing games.

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Quite literally, in fact. The Frankfurt show serving as the backdrop for the debut of the latest entry into the wildly popular Gran Turismo videogame for the popular Sony PlayStation. That said, Bugatti chief Wolfgang Durheimer did suggest that the full-size version of the Vision Gran Turismo “gives a clear indication of the future design direction of our brand.”


Replacement for Bugatti Veyron May Make Pebble Beach Debut

Long-awaited successor could offer performance hybrid option.

by on Aug.13, 2015

A possible successor to the Bugatti Veyron spotted at LAX. Photo courtesy

It’s been a decade since the Bugatti Veyron came to market – at an original price of over $1 million – and the Volkswagen AG supercar subsidiary recently produced the last of the model’s limited-edition updates.

So, where’s the long-awaited replacement? Possibly on its way to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A grainy image of what could be the Veyon’s successor has been posted on the Dutch website, the pic reportedly snapped at the Los Angeles International Airport as the successor model was being transferred to a truck for the last 300-mile leg of its journey.

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There have been any number of reports during the last several years suggesting what Bugatti might have in store as its next model, and company officials have offered sometimes conflicting suggestions. If this actually is the replacement, however, it appears Bugatti is going with an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, approach to styling. (more…)

Bugatti Looking to Remain King of Speed

Chiron producing unprecedented 0-62 mph time: 2 seconds.

by on Apr.30, 2015

Bugatti is replacing its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse with a hybrid named the Chiron.

There are plenty of cars that post zero-to-100 km times in the four second range. Real speed comes in the low-three to high-two second span and now Bugatti’s looking to take that a notch lower: two seconds flat.

The Chiron, which is the replacement for the Veyron, is said to be putting out 1,500 horsepower and 1,100 ft-lb of torque. That would be 0.4 seconds faster than the Vitesse version. It also puts some distance between it and the Ferrari LaFerrari (0.5 seconds faster), the McLaren P1 (0.6 faster) and the Porsch 918 Wessach (0.9 seconds faster).

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The new model is nearly completely new from the ground up: 92% of the components are new or updated. The result may be a lighter vehicle with better handling even though it looks very much like its predecessor. (more…)

Bugatti Sells the Last Veyron

Final model will go on display at Geneva Motor Show.

by on Feb.24, 2015

The last Bugatti Veyron will go to a Mideast buyer.

In an industry where as many as 70 cars can roll down an assembly line each hour, Bugatti is a rare exception. Indeed, it makes even Ferrari seem like a mass market brand.

When it was first introduced, back in 2005, Volkswagen AG’s most exclusive mark promised to build just 450 of the ultracars, the first vehicles ever to top the 1,000 horsepower mark. The maker has held to its word, and a decade later the last hand-built Bugatti Veyron has been sold, with the 450th appropriately dubbed “La Finale” set to go on display at the Geneva Motor Show next week.

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“An unprecedented chapter in automobile history has reached its climax,” boasted Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti Automobiles. “In the Veyron, Bugatti has created an automobile icon and established itself as the world’s most exclusive supercar brand.” (more…)

Bugatti Mulls Veyron Replacement – a Hybrid

Fuel savings not the goal, but more power.

by on Jul.14, 2014

Bugatti is contemplating replacing its Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse with a hybrid version of the Veyron.

Two words no one expects to hear used together: Veyron Hybrid.

It might be happening.

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Just a few years ago, if you had suggested that Bugatti would build a replacement to the Veyron using a hybrid drivetrain, you might have been committed. But in that time, some of the most respected names in supercar performance have rolled out hybrid hypercars, so that should take some shock off news that Bugatti is hard at work on a hybrid Veyron replacement. (more…)

Bugatti Taps History Books for Latest Veyron

Maker revives “Black Bess” moniker for new supercar.

by on Apr.22, 2014

Bugatti unveiled the latest iteration of its Veyron supercar, the Black Bess, at the Beijing Auto Show.

China is the most lucrative car market in the world and it seems that more and more of the country’s wealthy are willing to plunk down huge amounts of money on an expensive vehicle.

So it’s not exactly a big surprise that Bugatti, which rumor has it preparing a whole new supercar for sale later in the decade, has elected to bring a new version of the Veyron to the Beijing Auto Show to entice a few customers to take a look at the car.

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The new version of the Veyron – dubbed Black Bess – is part of Bugatti’s Legends Series, and will be limited to three examples and is based on a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. (more…)

Bugatti Limiting Focus to New Hypercar as it Ponders Replacement for Veyron

Galibier concept won’t see production, maker confirms.

by on Jan.22, 2014

A Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport, one of the final variants of the maker's hyper sports car.

By whatever definition you use, there are few more exotic and exclusive automotive brands on the planet – and Bugatti plans to keep it that way when it finally wraps up production of the Veyron “hypercar” next year.

Among other things, that means fans can write off plans to put the well-received Galibier concept into production.  According to Bugatti’s President, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber, the next car to come from the Volkswagen subsidiary will follow the same basic strategy as the Veyron.  And that will mean another super-fast, and extraordinarily expensive sports car.

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“We have talked many, many times about the Galibier, but this car will not come because…it would confuse our customers,” Dr. Schreiber told the British magazine Top Gear. “Everyone knows that Bugatti is the ultimate super sports car. It’s easier for current owners, and others who are interested, to understand if we do something similar to the Veyron [next]. And that is what we will do. There will not be a four-door Bugatti.”