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Bugatti Made the Super-Fast Chiron Even Crazier…By Making It Slower

The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport’s top speed is 43 mph less than the regular car…but it’ll likely be more fun to drive.


It’s safe to say that the Bugatti Chiron is one of the world’s most exotic cars. It has nearly 1,500 horsepower, start at roughly $3 million, and in one form is the fastest production car in the world, though the folks at Guinness (and Koenigsegg) may object to that claim. Unless you reside in Monaco or Dubai, you’re unlikely to see a Chiron in the wild, much less afford one. (But you can build one out of Legos.)

Yet it seems that for some Bugatti customers, the Chiron was not quite quick, agile or expensive enough. For them, Bugatti now offers the Chiron Pur Sport.

The Chiron Pur Sport employs the same 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine as the standard Chiron, with the same 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft. The transmission, however, has been revised with closer gears, and the engine now revs 200 rpm higher. According to Bugatti, this will substantially improve the Chiron’s speed from a rolling start — which will be more relevant in real-world driving than 0-60 mph or quarter-mile times.

The Chiron Pur Sport is 110 pounds lighter than the standard Chiron. Much of that weight saving comes from its giant fixed spoiler, which allows it to forge the weight of the hydraulic system used to raise and lower the retractable one on the regular car. It also picks up a stiffer suspension that delivers a lower ride height, and grippier custom-made Bugatti Sport Cup 2R tires from Michelin. A new Sport Plus driving mode allows greater traction control disengagement.

Of course, this added grip and shorter gearing comes at a cost. Speed on this model will be electronically limited to 218 mph — significantly lower than the limited 261-mph top speed of the regular Chiron. (Then again, when was the last time you really needed to go more than 218 mph?)

Bugatti will produce a limited run of 60 Chiron Pur Sport models, with production starting in the second half of 2020. It should cost a few hundred thousand dollars more than the standard model. Expect it to sell out more or less immediately.

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