One of the world’s fastest and most expensive cars, the Bugatti Chiron, has done itself a mischief in an overtaking manouvre gone wrong in Europe.
The Bugatti Chiron – valued at €2.4 million plus taxes – would cost about $6 million in Australia due to the $4.5 million purchase price plus another $1.5 million in Luxury Car Tax.
The Porsche 911 caught in the kerfuffle also isn’t exactly cheap, valued at about $300,000 in Australia.
The Bugatti and the Porsche – believed to have been travelling in the same direction – crashed into each other when they tried to overtake a camper van at the same time on a winding mountain pass in Switzerland. A Mercedes-Benz wagon, possibly travelling towards them, also got caught up in the incident. It is understood no-one was injured in the crash.
According to witnesses, the Bugatti and the Porsche tried to pass the slower vehicle. It appears the Porsche 911 driver may not have seen the Bugatti Chiron also pull out from behind.
With a 0 to 100kmh acceleration time of 2.4 seconds, the Bugatti Chiron is the fastest production car in the world.
Chances are the Porsche 911 driver may not have been expecting the sheer velocity of the Bugatti Chiron.
Powered by a quad turbo 8.0-litre W16 engine (two V8s mounted back-to-back) the Bugatti Chiron accelerates as quickly as a Formula One race car. A special edition of the car has a top speed of 304mph (490kmh).
The standard version, such as the one involved in this crash in Switzerland, is speed limited to 420kmh.
Made in left-hand-drive only, it is believed there are no Bugatti Chiron supercars in Australia.
One example of its predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron, was imported into Australia by an enthusiast but it’s understood the car can only be driven on race tracks and private roads as it cannot be registered.
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