French high-performance car maker Bugatti Automobiles commenced deliveries of its 1,500-hp Bugatti Chiron super sports car in March 2017. While the demand for the Chiron hypercar is high, its production nature limits the number of examples assembled and delivered each year. Good news though as the company was able to reach its delivery target for 2017 – 70 examples of the Bugatti Chiron were sent to customers around the world.
Ordering and purchasing a new Bugatti Chiron is one thing, while getting to drive it is another. Wolfgang Durheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles, remarked that the French carmaker is aiming to keep the waiting times for the customers as short as possible. So far, only 70 customers who ordered the Chiron have received their supercars.
When Bugatti commenced delivery of the Chiron in March 2017, the carmaker has already taken more than 200 orders. As of December 2017, the orders have ballooned to more than 300 examples. Bugatti revealed that 43 percent of orders were from customers in Europe while 26 percent were from North America, which includes the United States and Canada. Around 23 percent of the orders were from the Middle East while the remaining 8 percent were from the Asia-Pacific region.
During the official unveiling of the Bugatti Chiron at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, the luxury sports car maker disclosed of plans to build and offer just 500 examples -- a limited number -- of the spectacular hypercar. At Bugatti’s current pace of delivery for the Chiron, we estimate the French carmaker to take nearly six years to deliver all 500 examples.
With 70 Chiron units already delivered, the 500th customer would have to wait around five years to receive his or her hypercar ride -- provided that all 500 models are sold out by then. Since Bugatti’s order book for the hypercar has already reached more than 300 examples sold, the carmaker’s Molsheim atelier would be still be busy building the Chiron for more than three years from now, or until 2021.
At a price of around $2.6 million, the Chiron is marketed towards customers with really deep pockets. It is worth the price considering that Chiron is powered by an 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers larger than the Veyron’s.
This W16 engine delivers 1,500 hp of max output and 1,180 lb.-ft. (1,600) of peak torque as transmitted to all wheels, while it boasts a top speed of up to 260 mph (420 km/h). Once all 500 examples of the Chiron are delivered, Bugatti would have already sent out a total of 750,000 hp to customers around the world.