2016 Geneva - Bugatti Chiron is a 'real quick' successor to the Veyron

Bugatti is stealing all the limelight at the ongoing 2016 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland doing what it does best, that is, debuting a crazy super car that sets our pulses racing. The French sports car manufacturer, owned by Volkswagen, made a name for itself with the record-breaking Veyron and the Chiron promises to take the legacy forward.

Once launched, the Chiron is expected to take on the mantle of the fastest, the most powerful and one of the most exclusive production sports cars in the world, adjectives that the Veyron held with aplomb until its demise.

Powered by a quad-turbo, 8.0-liter, W16 engine, the Chiron produces an unprecedented 1500 horsepower and 1600 Nm of torque! And no, those aren't specs stolen from a light aircraft's brochure. With such statistics, the Chiron should have no problems in beating the current world speed record held by the Veyron Super Sport. For use on public roads though, the Chiron's top speed is limited to 420 km/h. Yes, you read that right! The engine is quite a complex and high-tech unit with two-stage turbocharging amongst others. Of the four turbochargers, the Chiron uses two to move off the line while the other two are activated above 3800 rpm, resulting in an absolutely linear power curve and no turbo lag. There’s also a duplex fuel injection system with 32 injectors, improved charge air cooling system capable of pumping 60,000 liters of air per minute and a high-performance cooling system that can circulate 800 liters of water through the engine per minute.

Visually, the Chiron looks inspired by the Veyron and is every bit a Bugatti. But, unlike the Veyron that looked a bit odd from certain angles, the Chiron looks much more appealing to the eyes. Given that the Veyron then and the Chiron now could reach insane speeds and shatter world speed records, we do realize the design intent was not to aesthetically please onlookers but more to withstand the sheer forces that would be exerted on the car’s external surfaces. That said, the trademark horseshoe grille, a pair of thin headlights lined with jewel-effect LEDs, the classic dual-tone livery with the large semi-circular air intakes on the sides and the unique rear with a large central exhaust system and a hardcore diffuser combine together to awe and frighten us, a sort of ‘the beauty and the beast’. Made out of leather, carbon fiber and brushed aluminium, the interiors are unlike what we have seen in passenger cars before. See it to believe it.

Like the Veyron, the Chiron’s production is also limited to 500 samples. Priced at $2.6 million each, Bugatti says 150 Chirons have already been spoken for. If you are one of those fortunate few with so much to spare, go ahead and book one now. The Chiron might just be the craziest and most insane car to have ever graced the planet!

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