Say Hello To The 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti's hugely powerful, hugely expensive Veyron successor has been revealed on the eve of its Geneva motor show debut
Say Hello To The 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron

It’s arguably the car of the show at Geneva, and it’s at last here for us to drink in: the Bugatti Chiron. Its predecessor - the Veyron - was monstrously powerful and bonkers fast, so where does a hypercar go from there? Even more power, it seems.

Say Hello To The 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron

Mounted in the middle is a heavily revised version of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16, good for an unholy 1479bhp at 6750rpm, and 1179lb ft between 2000 and 6000rpm. That’s enough to overcome the Chiron’s colossal mass - it weighs just 5kg shy of two tonnes - and gets you from 0-62mph in “less than” 2.5 seconds. While in most driving modes you’re limited to a mere 236mph top speed, but - as with the Veyron - the full beans can be accessed using a ‘Speed Key’.

Say Hello To The 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron

Using this will see you top out at 261mph, less than the old Super Sport, but it is worth noting that this is an electronic limited top speed for ‘road use’. Precisely what ‘road’ Bugatti is thinking about, we’re not sure. The speedometer does go up to 500kmh (310mph), however, and Bugatti has rather intriguingly said “this is by no means the end of the road for the Bugatti Chiron”. Without the limiter the Chiron won’t be far off a 300mph car, but tyres are a limiting factor.

Want to delve into the stats a little further? You can expect to do 0-124mph in 6.5 seconds, and 0-186mph in 13.6 seconds. Both small improvements over the Super Sport, and big improvements over the boggo Veyron.

Say Hello To The 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron

Other highlights include no less than 10 radiators, active aerodynamics (the rear wing on its own has four different positions), a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox sending power to all four wheels, and some massive tyres. Really massive, in fact: 285/30 R20 for the front, and 355/25 R21 rear.

Just 500 will be made, and as you’d expect, they won’t be what you’d call cheap. How much, you ask? €2.4 million (£1.9 million)…



It looks like the veyron with a bodykit

02/29/2016 - 16:36 |
22 | 4

7 years later:
I present to you the Bugatti Baguette that goes 460 mph and goes from 0-60 in .000009 sec

02/29/2016 - 16:36 |
326 | 4

LOL Baguette, you deserve a cookie

02/29/2016 - 16:40 |
46 | 0

Bugatti Baguette lol you just made my day!

02/29/2016 - 16:46 |
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02/29/2016 - 16:53 |
206 | 6
Boosted Boris

500 km/h gauge on the Chiron. They should’ve put the penis extension gauge in there.

02/29/2016 - 16:36 |
102 | 10

Don’t you see it? The penis extension warning light is right above the gauge’s needle

02/29/2016 - 16:53 |
32 | 2


02/29/2016 - 16:36 |
0 | 2

I suspect the Chiron has a higher redline. To reach 1479hp, even with maximum torque ( 1179 lb·ft, which it won’t, because peak is till 6000 ), it will have to reach 6588rpm. The veyron only had a 6500rpm redline. This also explains why it goes to 62 in 2.5 while reaching 261 and weighing a few hundred kilos more, because the torque multiplication is better. So far I must say I’m impressed. But I still don’t love it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad car, I respect it, just not love it.

02/29/2016 - 16:37 |
18 | 2

Although there might be some overboost mode which allows to get some more torque and therefore reach 1479hp at or before 6500rpm

02/29/2016 - 16:51 |
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Bartek Kozmicki

Gtr fanboys be like “Nissan gtr alpha 16 is so much better it would beat Bugatti in any road conditions because gtr is the best car ever made”

02/29/2016 - 16:37 |
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Freddie Skeates

For it to be accepted by me, it needs too…

  1. Beat a Eurofighter over a mile, of course with the Eurofighter doing a mile vertically
  2. Beat a spaniel and a hamster in a light aircraft in a race from Switzerland to London
02/29/2016 - 16:38 |
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Nick Schrader
02/29/2016 - 16:38 |
154 | 2

excuse me but that ass is ugly…yes aerodynamic and stuff but ugly it look like a bad version of Lexus LFA….

02/29/2016 - 21:18 |
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Ben Verlooy
02/29/2016 - 16:39 |
4 | 2
Imperial Car Supermarkets


02/29/2016 - 16:41 |
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