Car enthusiasts the world over were surprised when the Facebook page of GTBoard last week showed an image of a Bugatti Chiron being dragged by what appears to be a forklift. People were wary though as the image could be a possible forgery.
Germany-based Bild magazine though went to Bugatti to ask for a comment and was told by Manuela Hohne, brand spokesperson, that it was indeed a Bugatti. According to Hohne, it appeared that the driver was inattentive resulting in the car falling down that ditch. The good news was that there was nobody hurt, she added.
Though no details were given on where the accident occurred, the license plates of the cars in the background reveal that it may be in Central, or even Western, Europe. While the photo appears to be a bit grainy, it was clear that parts of the bodywork were dangling from beneath the wheels. Considering that it is being dragged, there are those who say that some of the mechanical components may have been damaged.
It was during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show early this year that Bugatti unveiled the newest version of the Chiron. As expected, it continues to have the same power bragging rights as the previous version.
The new Chiron was equipped with the latest 8.0-liter W16 engine capable of delivering output at 1,500 hp with peak torque of 1,600 Nm. With this power, the Chiron could reach a maximum speed of 420 km/h with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h possible in under 2.5 seconds. As the brand revealed that it wants the Chiron to set a new speed record, it also revealed that it contains a two-stage turbocharging system composed of 4 turbochargers. In order to fully utilize the power, the brand made sure to pair the engine with the best performance clutch that is part of the dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox.
In addition to the new engine, the Chiron is fitted with an adaptive chassis and with a total of 5 settings available, it can adapt the car to fit any condition and speed. Stopping power is just as excellent as the performance with the use of eight-piston calipers on the front for the 20-inch tired. Meanwhile the rear has six pistons working on the 21-inch tires.
Ensuring that performance is top-notch is its use of a carbon fiber structure, particularly the rear which is a first. There are also some new technological features such as the use of flat LEDs for its lighting and its generous application of carbon fiber. A new feature for Bugatti is that the Chiron now offers Wi-Fi.
So how will the Chiron set you back? With a planned production of 500 units, the Chiron is priced at $2.6 million. Even with the price tag, the brand has revealed that around a third of the total number has been sold.