No more than 70 examples will be assembled this year.
It is finally happening – Bugatti has started delivering the mighty Chiron to customers. Following an approval test by Cristiano Ronaldo, the first three examples of the hypercar have left the company’s factory in France on their way to their owners in Europe and the Middle East.
The €2.4-million hybrid beast is assembled by a team of 50 specialists, working at Bugatti’s Atelier at the brand’s headquarters in Molsheim, a facility that spans at over 1,000 square meters. It was also the birth place for all the 450 Veyrons during the model’s 10-year production run. This year, the automaker estimates it will produce “up to 70” Chirons, all of them already sold to private customers. More than 220 examples have already been spoken for, which means, if you order a Chiron today, you will be getting it in at least three years from now.
Of course, there's also an easier way to buy a Chiron. For roughly 1,590 times less money, you can get an Amalgam 1:12 scale collector’s model of the hypercar, one that is hand-crafted using the original CAD data supplied directly by the manufacturer. If that's not big enough for you, you can go for the 1:8 variant with even greater attention to the details.
Back to the full-size Chiron, these first three production units are technically not the first Chirons to reach a customer, as the first Chiron showcar, alongside the Vision Gran Turismo concept, were both sold to “a car enthusiast and Bugatti lover from Saudi Arabia,” namely Prince Badr bin Saud, grandson of the deceased King Abdullah. Another example of the hybrid hypercar, probably featuring a unique color scheme, will be exhibited during this year’s Geneva Motor Show starting next week.
At Bugatti’s Atelier, each engine, suspension, body, and interior is hand-built and assembled at complete perfection. Once the customer has selected from eight Alcantara upholstery colors, 30 different stitching options, 18 various types of carpets, and 11 seatbelt colors, the actual assembling process, which takes on average about six months and more than 1,800 bolted joins, begins.
Thanks to new dealerships in Munich, Monte Carlo, and Tokyo, Bugatti is now able to have even closer contact with potential customers, willing to spend $2.53 million for the Chiron. Even so, the company expects to deliver no more than five examples of the car each month.
Gallery: 2017 Bugatti Chiron production at Molsheim factory
This week, the doors of Bugatti’s “Atelier” at the brand’s headquarters in Molsheim opened for the delivery of the first customer vehicles in the Chiron1series. Three of the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports cars are now starting their journey to their owners in Europe and the Middle East. They were sent off on their journey by the 50 or so production, quality assurance and logistics team members. Bugatti intends to produce up to 70 Chiron at its plant this year. The French luxury brand will be presenting a further customer vehicle at this year’s Geneva International Motor Show (9 to 19 March 2017).