The 2017 Bugatti Chiron: A Randomized Hyper-Review of the 1500-HP, $3 Million Hypercar – The Drive

Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We weren’t invited to the product launch of the evidently “stunning” Bugatti Chiron, in Portugal, because of a tangled interaction with a publicist associated with the Volkswagen AG subsidiary. But we’re interested in what our peers thought of this $3 million, 1,500-horsepower replacement for the Bugatti Veyron. So we picked the top search-ranked reviews and selected paragraphs from each one and placed them in order. The result (mostly) makes sense, though some of the numbers don’t agree and the takeaway is this: the Bugatti Chiron is really fast. And it costs $3 million.

“We’re loafing along at 100 mph or so in fourth gear when I nail the gas. There’s a hiss of air as the mighty 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine behind my shoulders takes a deep breath, and the Bugatti Chiron lunges at the horizon. I make the first shift at precisely 6,556 rpm. Four turbochargers are pumping 26.8 psi of boost, gulping 35 cubic feet of air every second, and putting 2,866 pounds of peak pressure on each connecting rod. The water pump is circulating coolant through the engine fast enough to fill your bathtub in 11 seconds. At wide-open throttle, the fuel pump will suck the 26.4-gallon gas tank dry in about seven minutes. With startling suddenness, we’re doing 200 mph.”—Angus MacKenzie, Motortrend

“The mind-boggling brain shuffle of Bugatti’s latest land rocket cannot be understated, even when placed in context against the now-defunct Veyron. In ultimate Super Sport trim, the Veyron produced a stunning 1,200 (metric) horsepower. The Chiron’s leap to 1,500 ponies required considerable development, testing, and re-engineering. That exhaustive process saw significant challenges, even late in the game. Consider the high-speed testing incident in South Africa: despite extensive test-bench work, real-world driving revealed that the immense exhaust heat was melting the rear bumper and nearly igniting the car. The solution, it turns out, was to add a duct so airflow from the underbody could channel through and diffuse the heat. Hashtag: #1500HorsepowerProblems.”—Basem Wasef,


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