The Bugatti Chiron is boring

I said this last year when it was first revealed at the Geneva Motor Show, and I say it again after last night’s feature on Top Gear: I think the Bugatti Chiron is boring.

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There is no doubt that the Chiron is something of a technological marvel. Put your foot down, and the 1487bhp quad-turbo 8.0L W16 will catapult you to 60mph in 2.5 seconds, and only 11 seconds later, to 186mph – yes, that’s nearly 200 miles per hour in less time than it takes most cars to do a standing quarter mile. Hold on long enough, and you’ll reach a top speed that has to be limited to 261mph because the tyres can’t handle more than that. At £2.4 million, it’s almost the definition of exclusivity.

But that’s part of the problem. It’s so exclusive, and so out of reach, that it’s not even worth dreaming about. Never mind the fact that you will never own one, the possibility of even seeing one in the metal is virtually nil. It almost exists in another realm, where only oil sheiks fear to tread. Continue reading “The Bugatti Chiron is boring”

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Why the hype over the Bugatti Chiron?

I confess to being underwhelmed by the new Bugatti Chiron, revealed today at the Geneva Motor Show. For one, it doesn’t look significantly different from the Veyron, and as it’s already speculated to be in production until 2024, that is a long time to hold on to what is pretty much the same design.

The second reason I’m not so impressed is because of these statistics:

Considering the Chiron has a nearly 50% power advantage over the Veyron, its performance gains are negligible, even if the new top speed is limited due to the limitations and durability of tyres.

I have no doubt that the Chiron bears the marks of incredible engineering (and it better for its £2 million price tag!). But this seems to add a bit more evidence to what I was saying the other day about how much power can realistically be harnessed. Again, it seems to be a numbers game more than anything else. 

(Image via @autocar)