The Bugatti Chiron is the successor to the 1001hp Veyron, a car that changed the rules for what was thought possible of a ‘mass production’ super sports tourer.
Running an evolution of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine, matched to four new and larger turbochargers, the Chiron promises a staggering 1500PS (1103kW) of power – as signified by the ‘1500’ stamped on the engine.
That number is matched to a mighty 1600Nm of torque, sent to the ground through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and a permanent all-wheel drive system.
Those figures, the company says, makes the Chiron “very well-positioned to become the next world speed record holder and reach a maximum speed significantly above the record currently held by Bugatti”.
Officially, the Chiron’s road speed is electronically limited to 420km/h – largely as a matter of protecting the tyres against a blowout – and Bugatti promises a 0-100km/h sprint time of “less than” 2.5 seconds.