Bugatti is finally commencing official deliveries of its much-awaited and much-hyped hypercar – the almighty Bugatti Chiron. Soon, customers would be able to drive what Bugatti describes as the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car in the world.
In fact, three examples of the Bugatti Chiron have just left the luxury sports car maker’s headquarters in Molsheim, France. These three new Chiron examples – in dark blue, light blue and silver-black exterior finishes – will soon reach their new owners in Europe and Middle East. Making the sendoff of the first official units of the Bugatti Chiron possible are around 50 of the company’s people from its production, quality assurance and logistics teams.
Another Bugatti Chiron -- also bound for delivery -- will be displayed by the French company at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show before it is shipped to its new owner. Bugatti is planning to produce up to 70 examples of the Chiron at its Molsheim atelier this year. At the official launch of the Chiron at the Geneva Motor Show, the luxury sports car maker said is planning to build and offer just 500 examples of the stunning hypercar.
At Bugatti’s current production rate, it would take a little over seven years for Bugatti to build all 500 examples of the Chiron. Since Bugatti’s order book for the Chiron has already reached 220 examples sold, a customer who ordered one of the hypercars on this day would take delivery of his or her unit by 2020.
While this delivery is the official commencement of deliveries of the new Bugatti hypercar, this is not the first Chiron to reach a customer. Apparently Saudi Arabian royalty Prince Badr bin Saud – grandson of grandson of the deceased King Abdullah -- won both a new Bugatti Chiron and the one-off Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept car during an auction bid. This Chiron was actually the show car that was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. One unit of the Chiron costs as much as $2.6 million – a price that seems not so expensive for a Saudi prince.
This Chiron is powered by an 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers that are larger than the Veyron’s. This engine delivers 1,500 hp of max output and 1,180 lb.-ft. (1,600) of peak torque as sent to all wheels. With this amount of power, it is easy to see why the Chiron is able to reach a top speed of up to 260 mph (420 km/h). Interestingly, the Bugatti Chiron comes with an analog speedometer -- featuring a conspicuous mechanical speed indicator – that displays up to 500 km/h (310 mph).