The Bugatti Chiron — like its predecessor the Veyron — is a numbers car. A $2.7 million dollar price tag hangs on a car with 16 cylinders, four turbochargers, 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque; a car that will do will do 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds and has a top speed limited to 261 mph. Now the Chiron holds the world record for the quickest 0 to 249 to 0 miles per hour time: a mind-scrambling 42 seconds.
But if you think the acceleration is the impressive part of the record, know that it took the Chiron 32.6 seconds and just under two miles to get to the 249 mph target, but only 9.3 seconds and just of 1,611 feet to grind to a halt. Former F1 driver and current IndyCar star Juan Pablo Montoya, who piloted the Chiron to the record, experienced two Gs thanks to the Chiron’s brakes and active rear spoiler — a similar force (though in the opposite direction) to what astronauts experience during a space shuttle launch. Also keep in mind this is a road car.
The next record in Bugatti’s sights is the production car top speed record, which the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport currently holds at 268 mph. Should Bugatti want to give it another go, Montoya said he’d happily volunteer, “I hope Bugatti will invite me to their world record run with the Chiron. At any rate, I’m saving the date in my calendar.” The Chiron’s speedometer tops out at 300 mph, so it’s very likely Bugatti will want to raise that bar too.
A Closer Look
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