The Bugatti Chiron is probably one of the sportiest cars in the planet, thanks to its overwhelming power output of 1,500 hp and its hypercar design. If there is one car who could claim to be sportier than the Chiron, it is another creation from the French manufacturer – the new Bugatti Chiron Sport.
Bugatti’s formula for creating a sportier version of the Chiron doesn’t entail any increase or boost in power output or torque. The French high-performance carmaker didn’t need to tinker with the quad-turbo, 8.0-liter W16 engine to come up with the Chiron Sport. This means that power ratings for the Chiron Sport remain at 1,500 hp of max output and 1,180 lb.-ft. (1,600 Nm) of peak torque as transmitted to all wheels. Likewise, this means that Chiron Sport could complete a sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds, and achieve a top speed of up to 260 mph (420 km/h) – the same as the Chiron.
Aside from retaining the superb power and performance of the Chiron, the new Chiron Sport also features the same ease and convenience of driving. Instead of focusing on these elements, Bugatti decided to dramatically improve the handling of the new Chiron Sport and enhance its lateral dynamics on winding roads. To achieve this goal, the new Chiron Sport is fitted with a dynamic handling package and has been made lighter than the original model.
The new dynamic handling package for the new Chiron Sport includes a stiffer suspension, a new control strategy for the shock absorbers and a modified steering. This package is only activated when the Chiron Sport goes into Handling mode, as distinguished from the EB mode. Aside from an optimized rear-axle differential, the new Chiron Sport features a Dynamic Torque Vectoring function that individually sends torque to the wheels on each side.
Moreover, the new Chiron Sport is lighter than the Chiron by 18 kilograms, as achieved by employing new lightweight wheels and the more extensive use of carbon fiber on parts like the stabilizer, the newly developed aerodynamic windscreen wipers and the intercooler cover. In addition, the Chiron Sport comes with lighter rear glass window and lighter exhaust deflector.
The Chiron Sport is distinguished from the Chiron through details like the new “Course” alloy wheel rims and the new exhaust deflector with four round tailpipes. The Chiron Sport also has a number of elements finished in anodized black, like the engine starter button, the driving mode selector knob on the steering wheel and the marketing plate. The “Sport” logo is found on the door sill strips while the “Chiron Sport” logo is embroidered on the insert on the central console.
To give the Chiron Sport a sportier appearance, Bugatti’s design team developed a package of color and trim options. This allows customers to suit the appearance of the new Chiron Sport according to their taste and preferences.
Interestingly, the Bugatti Chiron Sport on display at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show is clothed with all the available options. This is why this particular Chiron Sport has a value of €2.98 million net (US$3.672 million gross), possibly making it the most expensive production car shown at the event this year.