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The New Bugatti Makes the Veyron Look Like a Go-Cart

Posted on: March 21, 2016 by Platinum Direct

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The New Bugatti Makes the Veyron Look Like a Go-Cart

When the Bugatti Veyron was first released it blew the lid off the motoring world.

The Veyron dropped jaws before the keys were even turned in the ignition. By looking at it, you’d think it was so obviously a Decepticon in disguise you’d be scared to get inside.

Even with the most modest paint scheme, the Veyron looks more garish than a champagne waterfall – and if you went for the ‘more discreet’ full-black model you might as well get the registration plate ‘1M BATM4N’.

The Veyron squats close to the ground like a wide-set frog, with fat curves designed to sit under air flows so it doesn’t take off at max speed. It’s massive, aggressive and impossible to ignore.

But the true power of the Veyron lay under the hood. When it was released in 2005, it was the car to beat 1000 bhp (by a symbolic 1 bhp) and produced gut-wrenching 1,250 of torque.

The Super Sport model, released in 2010 for people who for some reason were not content with the pulling-power of a thousand wild horses, held the world record for the fastest production car available. The car was limited to 415 km/h, presumably either for the love of God, or because having customers turn into fireballs is bad for repeat business.

In order to prevent overheating, the Veyron has a total of 10 radiators to keep the temperature down at a survivable level.

All 450 models have been sold – most of them for well over $2 million AU, so bad news for all the speed freak/billionaire crossover market. Nothing else has been able to touch the Veyron in terms of power, speed and pure swag ever since.

Until now…

Meet the Veyron’s new and improved younger brother, the Bugatti Chiron. The Chiron promises more power, more speed, more torque, and most importantly, more swagger. Take a look…

CHIRON 1

No seriously, take another look.

chiron 3

After a decade of staying on top, Bugatti decided to raise the bar once again. The design brief for the original Veyron was ambitious but simple: it needed over 1000 bhp, a 0-100km/h of under 3.0 seconds and a top speed of 402km/h (250mph).

The brief for the Chiron was just: “Beat the Veyron”.

And somehow, they managed it once again.

If the Veyron was the lightening bolt of cars, then the Chiron is a hurricane. The Chiron is such an exquisite piece of engineering it’s making these mansions look like swamp-side mud huts.

Exact figures are hard to find, as Bugatti is keeping them closely under wraps. However, they have let slip that the Chiron will hit 100km/h from a stop-start in a face-melting 2.5 seconds, and reach 300km/h in under 15 seconds. In the time it took me to write this sentence, the Chiron would already be breaking every speed limit in the country.

Now let’s get to the important figure – the top speed. In the more serene ‘nanny mode’, the Chiron hits a measly 380km/h. To access the car’s full potential you need to insert a second key – like you’re initiating the launch sequence of an ICBM.

In this mode, the car automatically lowers itself to reduce drag, allowing you to hit a limited – that’s right, limited – 420km/h. Presumably, this is done for the reasons of safety and sanity, but if you don’t care much for such trivial things there is a chance you may be able to get an unlimited, finely-tuned version that can hit an eye-watering 442km/h (275mph).

Although, at this stage these numbers are theoretical and unconfirmed. So far no one has been able to drive the Chiron over a modest 400km/h. Addressing this, the Bugatti bossman Wolfgang Dürheimer said “We are approaching the 250-mph barrier very carefully because that speed is a big stress for all components on the car… You need to be very advanced in the car’s development so the test drivers can do a professional job without risking their lives.”

Rather teasingly, Dürheimer has suggested that the Chiron will beat the current production car speed record of 270.49mph – “And not just by 1mph… ”.

Whether it beats it by 1mph or 2 – there’s no doubt it will make even the mightiest of cars look like your child’s Hot Wheels collection.

We can’t promise you a Veyron, but if you are looking to finance your next mean machine make sure you get the best finance rates.

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