The CEO really knows how to drive.
In addition to leading Bugatti and Bentley, Wolfgang Dürheimer is apparently a talented driver, too. The boss is even skilled enough to slide behind the wheel of the new Chiron and take a journalist for a lap around the notoriously tricky Nürburgring Nordschleife. Dürheimer shows no fear and puts the hammer down on the ‘Ring’s long straight to reach about 200 miles per hour.
Dürheimer is quite proud of Bugatti’s latest work and explains the multiple systems that that make the Chiron adept at reaching ludicrously high speeds. He claims the company is planning a high-speed run for 2018 to set a new Guinness World Record and beat the Veyron’s previous title. That seems like a long time to wait especially because Hennessey is also gunning for a record with its upcoming Venom F5. Koenigsegg seems capable of besting the Chiron’s top speed eventually, too.
With 1,479 horsepower and 1,181 pound-feet of torque from its quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16, there’s no surprise that the Chiron is quick, but the hypercar handles the ‘Ring like a nimble sports car, too. It’s quite an impressive achievement for a vehicle that weighs 4,398 pounds. Bugatti plans to build 500 Chirons, 50 more than the Veyron, and at least a third of them already have buyers. The first customers should take delivery this fall, and this clip suggests they have a lot to look forward to.