Bugatti Chiron rated by EPA, do not expect an impressive fuel consumption

Article by Christian A., on July 30, 2017

There is no disputing that the Bugatti Chiron is a beautiful monster. Much-awaited and much-hyped, this hypercar was described by Bugatti as the most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car in the world, beating its likewise monstrous stable mate, the Bugatti Veyron. However, there is also one aspect that the Chiron is better at than the Veyron 16.4 – its fuel economy.

Yes, while the Chiron is over 50 percent more powerful than the Veyron -- their quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W16 engine producing outputs of 1,500 hp and 987 hp respectively, it nonetheless travels more miles per gallon on the combined cycle. That means the Chiron essentially consumes less fuel when on the go. Letting numbers do the talking, the Bugatti Chiron has been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver 11 mpg on the combined cycle. This means that on the combined cycle, the Chiron has a better fuel economy than the Veyron, which is rated at 10 mpg.

In terms of highway fuel economy, the Veyron is slightly better than the Chiron. A gallon of fuel allows the Veyron to travel 15 miles and the Chiron for 14 miles – on the highway. On the other hand, the Chiron has better fuel economy on the city than the Veyron. The Chiron has been EPA-rated to return 9 mpg on the city, while the Veyron was estimated to be able to travel 8 miles on a gallon of fuel.

However, a hypercar as powerful as the 1,500 hp Chiron would be a waste if a driver tries to pilot conservatively. After all, Bugatti created the Chiron for its superior performance on the board. It would be wrong to expect that the Chiron was developed to save on gas. Of course, if you can afford the Chiron – which has a price of around $2.5 million – you wouldn’t think of saving money for the gas.

The Bugatti Chiron is powered by an 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers that are 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 sent to all wheels. With this power level, the Chiron could reach a top speed of up to 260 mph (420 km/h).

So far, Bugatti has already sold out half of the 500 Chiron set for production. Some of them have already been produced and delivered to their new owners. On average, Bugatti is capable of producing at least 70 units annually, which means the remaining 250 units will not be completed until 2020.

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