The Bugatti Chiron has finally been unveiled, and it’s a beast

The successor to the Veyron will boast an insane 1,500 horsepower, with a limited top speed of 420km/h.

Meryl D'Souza March 1, 2016

Almost one year to the day since the last Bugatti Veyron rolled off the production line, its hugely anticipated successor has finally been confirmed.

This is the Bugatti Chiron, a car that has to fill probably the biggest shoes ever left by a production vehicle. But when you look at the stats, you’ll realise that it may well fill those shoes with ease. 

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show today, the Chiron is the world’s first production car to boast a ludicrous 1,500 horsepower. To put that in perspective, that's the equivalent to almost three times the power from the new Audi R8 V10

Bugatti Chiron by numbers 

Weighing in at 1,995kgs, thanks to the use of carbon fiber and titanium parts, the Chiron produces 1,600 Nm of torque and is capable of going from static to 100 in less than 2.5 seconds. It’s even limited to 420km/h for road use. You read that right, limited.

We imagine that the restrictor will be removed when Bugatti decides its time to reset the world record top speed, which its Veyron Super Sport currently holds. 

  • Top speed: 420km/h
  • Horsepower: 1,500
  • Torque: 1,600 Nm
  • Price: €2.4 million, about AED 9.5 million
  • Number of units: 500
  • Release date: August 2016 

Taken from aircrafts

It took Bugatti a five-year collaboration with Michelin to come out with the all new 20-inch front and 21-inch rear tyres. To make sure the rubber survives the mind-boggling speeds the car can reach, Michelin borrowed tech and testing equipment from its aircraft tyre business.

W16 power

Obviously it’s not the most economical ride out there. Expect a meagre return of about 22kms per gallon. But what more did you expect from a car that extracts an extra 25 per cent power than the Veyron managed from its fabled 8.0-litre W16 engine.

Hard to see, harder to buy

Like the Veyron, the Chiron is made for the elite who wouldn’t ask for the price (€2.4 million, about AED 9.5 million) should they wish to purchase it. But with only 500 units being made, your chances of even just seeing one are pretty slim. Although the wealthy Gulf states will be as good a place as any.

Oh, did we mention the speakers are encrusted with one-carat diamond membranes? Welcome to the era of the Chiron.