Bugatti Chiron already going on auction in Paris

Article by Christian A., on December 28, 2017

It hasn’t been that long since Bugatti introduced the Chiron to the market. In fact, it has only been a little over a year since production of the said model began in late 2016. And already, one owner is already planning to sell his hypercar. So for those of you who are interested, expect to see this 1,479 horsepower (1,102 kilowatt) Chiron at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Paris auction next year.

This particular model was one of the first 20 Chirons to be delivered to their first owner, when it was brought to him during the second quarter of 2017 as one of the 18 examples delivered. Having said that, this car is pretty much brand new.

It has only been driven less than 621 miles (1,000 kilometers), and half of that number comes from test drives by the manufacturer. The auction house estimates that this car could sell for about 3.2 million to 3.6 million euros ($3.8 to $4.3 million). While that is quite a huge increase over the $3 million MSRP, it’s an awesome opportunity for any collector of rare models.

If you are curious to know how it looks, this Chiron is finished in a beautiful two tone shade - a signature Bugatti two-tone Atlantic Blue over French Racing Blue livery, as for the interior, it is designed with a brown quilted leather interior.

You will also find an optional carbon fiber steering wheel in the cabin, plus additional Maritime Blue brake calipers dressed in “Classique” silver wheels. With all these additions, the price increase begins to appear quite reasonable.

What powers this car is a factory quad-turbocharged 8.0 liter W16 engine. This enables it to carry out as much as 1,479 horsepower (1,180 kilowatts) and 1,180 pound-feet (1,599 Newton-metres) of torque. This engine works with a seven-speed DCT gearbox too. When it comes to performance, the Chiron can sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in only 2.5 seconds, before continuing to a limited top speed of 261 miles per hour (420 kilometers per hour).

All in all, there will only be 500 examples of the Bugatti Chiron built, so this car, though not a one-off, is rare nevertheless. Buyers could get their hands on a brand new model for $3 million.

But because the one example that is being auctioned has a unique exterior, a low delivery number, and minimum miles driven, it deserves to have a much higher asking price. Check it out at the RM Sotheby’s Paris auction in February if you are interested. Good luck if you are bidding!

Press Release

2017 Bugatti Chiron - RM Sotheby's Auction

Shortly after the now-legendary Veyron entered production in 2005, Bugatti engineers began the work of developing its successor. They knew that their next hypercar would have to be even faster, more technologically advanced and more dramatic than the Veyron. Achieving these goals proved to be a monumental challenge but one that Bugatti, as always, met with style and panache.
The obvious place to begin the project was of course, the Veyron. After nearly a decade of Veyron production, they had learned innumerable lessons from continuous testing and customer feedback. In addition, significant advances in technology and material science had been made during that time. As per usual, Bugatti would incorporate nothing but the best technology and components into its new hypercar.

The resulting masterpiece was christened the Chiron, after the famed Monegasque racing driver Louis Chiron. It was first introduced to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016 and the headlining feature was of course its truly staggering top speed, electronically limited to 420 km/h. Only achievable through a flat-out, dedicated top speed run, if the car’s computers detect even a slight turn of the wheel, the top speed mode, enabled by the insertion of a special key, is disengaged.

Though slightly slower than the Veyron Super Sport, 420 km/h is the fastest possible speed because tires that can handle the Chiron’s 1,500 bhp and speeds in excess of the electronically limited 420 km/h do not yet exist. It is said that special tires are under development, which should enable future examples of the Chiron to approach 285 mph, a previously unheard of pinnacle of performance that must truly boggle the mind.

The Chiron, without question, is the most technologically advanced road-going car ever built. Like the Veyron, at the Chiron’s heart is the 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W-16 engine, though the vast majority of its components are all new. A brand-new carbon monocoque chassis was produced utilizing carbon fibre with intertwined aluminium, giving it a structural rigidity akin to that of a LMP1 race car. In terms of physical size, the Chiron is both slightly taller and wider than the Veyron, helping to enlarge the passenger compartment and make it more comfortable for taller drivers. The Chiron’s carbon ceramic brakes were improved with all new multi-piston forged aluminium callipers and larger discs.

In every respect, the Chiron is a quantum leap ahead of the Veyron, and the end results are absolutely staggering. Just 500 examples are slated for production and, at the time of the car’s unveiling in 2016, a third of the production run had already been spoken for.

This particular Chiron is beautifully finished in two-tone Atlantic Blue over French Racing Blue livery, brown leather with contrast quilt stitched interior, optional carbon fibre steering wheel and optional Maritime Blue brake callipers. The ‘Classique’ wheels, signature line and iconic Bugatti ‘horseshoe’ are all finished in superlative polished aluminium. It was delivered in April 2017, making it one of the first 20 Chirons to be delivered worldwide and one of 18 delivered in the second quarter of 2017.

With fewer than 1,000 km, roughly half of which is thought to be test mileage, on the odometer at the time of cataloguing, this Chiron represents an exquisitely rare opportunity to own the most daunting hypercar ever built.

Source: RM Sotheby's

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