12 Facts About Bugatti Chiron: Specs, Engine, Top Speed

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The Bugatti Chiron happens to be an astounding heir to the 1000-strong Veyron, a high-tech masterpiece and also the continuation of a new era of automotive engineering. A fantastic design, a 1500hp 8.0-liter W16 engine and the top speed of 460 km/h – what else does the car need dubbed “the fastest hypercar of the planet”?

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  1.  1. Need for huge absorption of air. Bugatti Chiron engine: the very fact of having an 8.0-liter W16 powerplant with 4 turbines suggests that it needs air … literally tons of air. Therefore, according to official data, up to 60 000 liters of air per minute pass through the engine. This amount is inhaled by a man for 5 days.
  2. 2. 10 radiators. There’s an issue with temperature control. A powerful engine naturally requires substantial cooling. That’s why the number of radiators in the Bugatti Chiron is the same as in the predecessor – Veyron (10 ones). A special pump pumps up to 37 liters of water per second. Just imagine, it’s the approximate amount of drinking water consumed by an adult person for a whole month.
  3. 3. The mighty quartet of turbocompressors. The new Chiron boasts 4 turbochargers, each of them is 69% more than what the Veyron has. However, a larger turbine size enhances inertia and contributes to generating turbo lags. Fortunately, the engineers took this nuance into account: the turbocharger of the Chiron works consistently: the first two turbines started working at 1900 rpm, the other two join at 3800 rpm.
  4. 4. Aerodynamic characteristics. Such a fantastic car needs minimal drag. That’s why a great deal of work has been carried out to improve the aerodynamic characteristics of the Chiron. The designers tuned the aerodynamics in the area of the grille and wheels, while a flat bottom with special fins ensures improved air inflow. One of the most significant elements is the rear spoiler, capable of extending changing its angle. It also acts as an air brake.
  5. 5. Light, but sturdy: the Chiron’s monocoque. The car’s monocoque is all-carbon. The entire manufacturing operation lasts up to 4 weeks. The body of the new car is 8 kg lighter than that of the Veyron, while the strength corresponds to the class LMP1 and accounts for 50,000 Nm/deg. It’s a very rugged stuff. Another intriguing fact is that if you connect all the carbon fibers, their length will 9 times exceed the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
  6. 6. Multiple tests. Such a fantastic car, like the Bugatti Chiron, shouldn’t fail the driver – it means that it needs numerous tests. The car maker did so. Well, for all of the tests, up to 30 prototype models were selected. During the test, vehicles gained a mileage of up to 500,000 kilometers and spent more than three hundred hours in the wind-tunnel, not to mention they utilized about 1000 sets of tires! However, all the engine’s potential couldn’t be tested, due to the lack of suitable equipment. Moreover, before being sold, the Chiron will have a 60 km bench run and a 350 km test drive, while its acceleration and braking will be tested on the runway in Colmar.
  7. 7. The biggest optics. In order to make the Chiron visually wider, it has been equipped with narrow LED headlights, which feature built-in active air collectors. The tail light consists of 82 LEDs 1.6 m long – it’s the largest LED lamp used in cars.
  8. 8. Cutting-edge tires for the mighty car. Specially for the Shiron, Michelin created tires, sized 285/30 R20 in the front and 355/25 R21 in the rear. As for the carbon-ceramic discs, they also increased in size, hitting 420 mm.
  9. 9. The longest illuminator in the history of automotive industry. This innovative c-shaped dome light in the car’s salon is forged from a single piece of aluminum. It’s considered to be the longest light ever utilized in the automotive industry. Its light intensity can be adjusted.
  10. 10. The largest clutch disc. The car boasts an “insane” torque, so it needs a well-built transmission. This 7-speed gearbox with a double clutch is doing an excellent job.
  11. 11. It can go faster. The top speed of the Bugatti Chiron is 420 km/h, but it’s electronically limited. To remove the limiter, you need a special key, which calls your “guardian angel”, and enables the hypercar to reach 460 km/h. It is known that the car can do more. Most probably, we’ll see its new speed records in the nearer future. Just have a look at its speedometer – it ends with a mark of 500 km/h.
  12. 12. Not anyone can afford. Of course, this fantastic hypercar isn’t for everyone. First, the price of 2.4 million euros can hardly suit an average buyer.  Secondly, the car maker produced no more than 500 vehicles. By the way, an average Bugatti customer owns 42 cars, to say nothing of such typical luxury attributes as a yacht and a business jet. Some of them purchased 10 Ferrari and all serial McLaren. The average mileage for this brand is 2500 km per year, but one owner let his Veyron drive up to 40,000 km.


Zero to 60 mph: 2.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 4.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 9.4 sec
Top speed: 261 mph

Wheelbase: 106.7 in
Length: 178.9 in
Width: 80.2 in Height: 47.7 in
Passenger volume: 54 cu ft
Cargo volume: 2 cu ft
Curb weight (C/D est): 4400 lb

EPA combined/city/highway driving: 10/8/15 mpg

BASE PRICE:$2,998,000

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