The chief executive officer of the French automaker further highlights that “this model marks the celebration of our company history.” Founded in 1909 by Ettore Arco Isidoro Bugatti, the brand and company’s facilities were acquired by the Volkswagen Group in 1998. As opposed to Bugatti during the tumultuous Romano Artioli era, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. is headquartered in Molsheim, France instead of Campogalliano, Italy.
Priced at $2.7 million from the get-go, the Chiron is propelled by a quad-turbo W16 with 8.0 liters of displacement and a mind-boggling 1,500 PS. That’s 1,479 horsepower in North America, along with 1,180 pound-feet (1,600 Nm) of torque on full song. Bugatti is already working on a replacement for the 16-cylinder engine, which isn’t long for this world.
It’s widely believed electrification will help Bugatti going forward, more so if you remember that emissions regulations are getting more stringent with each passing year. Hybridization also translates to short bursts of additional horsepower and torque, which would help the heir-apparent of the Chiron accelerate quicker from a standstill and on the highway.
The Chiron Sport and Divo are two other models Bugatti derived from the bite-the-back-of-your-hand beautiful hypercar, along with the La Voiture Noire. It’s believed the one-off model cost €16.7 million (almost $19 million) to commission, making it the most expensive new car in the entire history of the automobile.