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Bugatti Chiron Makes U.S. Debut at The Quail, Has 300 MPH Speedometer

Half a year after it made its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the big bad Bug has finally made the trip to the United States of America. Before your eyes poses the fastest production car in the world, one that sports a 300 mph speedometer instead of the European-spec model’s 500 km/h gauge. Is that fast enough?
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Sporting polished chrome finish wheels and red-painted brake calipers, the U.S.-spec Bugatti Chiron also prides itself on turn signals on the front and rear fenders. Other than that, the 2017 Bugatti Chiron is mostly the same car it is on the Old Continent. Care to guess how many were ordered until now?

As per Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., “more than 200 of the 1,500 PS (1,479 horsepower) vehicles have been ordered. North America is one of Bugatti’s most important markets. Around 30% of Chiron customers come from the United States.” By around 30 percent of Chiron customers, Bugatti means that about 60 units are U.S.-bound. That’s 88,740 horsepower, by the way.

The 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbocharged engine also happens to develop 1,180 lb-ft (1,600 Nm) of torque. I’m pretty sure the scientific term for 1,180 torques is “a helluva lot.” 70 percent of that get-up-and-go is available from 2,000 to 6,000 rpm, which means that this Bug has some long legs to stretch.

The manfuacturer made it clear that it is gunning for a world speed record for production cars with the Chiron, which is another way of saying “Yes, we’re confident we can surpass the production car’s electronically governed top speed.” Ah yes, regarding speed, the road-going hypercan is good for 261 mph (420 km/h). By comparison, the Veyron Super Sport is restricted to 258 mph (415 km/h). Anticipated top speed for the Chiron? 288 mph (463 km/h).

The price for the North American-specification 2017 Bugatti Chiron has yet to be disclosed. $2.5 million? Maybe. When we hear about the U.S. retail price, do return to autoevolution for an update.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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