It was less than an hour ago when we found out all the technical specifications and now the Bugatti Chiron has been officially unleashed in Geneva.
Previewed by the Vision Gran Turismo concept last year, the Chiron is Bugatti’s much awaited replacement for the Veyron and aims to be better in just about every possible way. While the styling is evolutionary, what's hiding underneath the familiar skin is considerably different than its predecessor and it uses a full carbon fiber construction.
In addition, Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer says the Chiron is basically an all-new car as it uses a small amount of components sourced from the Veyron. The upgraded W16 8.0-liter engine with four turbochargers now develops a massive 1,500 PS (1,103 kW / 1,479 hp) at 6,700 rpm and 1,181 lb-ft (1,600 Nm) of torque between 2,000 – 6,000 rpm. The engine is linked to a reworked seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox sending power to both axles.
The revised hardware arrangement grants a sprint to 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour in less than 2.5 seconds, 0 to 124 mph (200 kph) in less than 6.5 seconds and 0 to 186 mph (300 kph) in fewer than 13.6 seconds. It will continue to accelerate until reaching a maximum velocity of 261 mph (420 kph), making it 7 mph faster than the Veyron.
The Bugatti Chiron is 3.2 inches (82 mm) longer, 1.57 inches (40 mm) wider and 2 inches (53 mm) taller than the Veyron. It's also a considerable 341 pounds (155 kilograms) heavier, so now it tips the scales at a hefty 4,398 pounds (1,995 kilograms.) The increased footprint has enabled a more spacious cabin where there’s now 0.4 inches (12 mm) of additional headroom.
Bugatti has already received more than 150 orders for the Chiron which will be limited to 500 units, each priced at €2.4M / $2.61M. Production will take place at the Molsheim factory in France and deliveries are programmed to begin in October.
The new Chiron will be available for your viewing pleasure starting Thursday when the 86th Geneva Motor Show will open its doors to the general public.
Note: All technical specs refer to a near-production vehicle. The Chiron's final configuration could have slightly different numbers.