Beyond the factory and maybe the press launch, it’s highly unlikely anyone will ever see four Bugatti Chirons together in the same place, at the same time. But one sharp-eyed Swedish spotter has, months before the thing has even reached production.
A Youtuber spotted the four prototypes parked up with a couple of VW Caravelle support vehicles while on their way to the vast winter testing complex at Arjeplog. Apart from matt black paint, they appear to be wearing completely undisguised, production-spec bodywork, as seen when it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show last week. That, we think, is a first for a Chiron spied out in the real world.
As son-of-Veyron, the Chiron has a lot to live up to and Bugatti is throwing everything at it. Kitchen sink included. Power comes from a quad-turbo, 8.0-litre W16 engine churning out 1,479bhp and 1,180lb/ft of torque, enough for a 0-62mph time of “less than” 2.5secs. Top speed will be limited to 261mph, but Bugatti is aiming for a vmax of at least 270mph when it attempts to secure the production car record.
Cutting-edge aero keeps it on the ground, while high-tech construction methods keep the weight down to just under two tons. Which is still very heavy for a hypercar, not quite as heavy as the price: £1.9 million. Probably wouldn’t take too much effort to add another half-million in options, as well.
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By Only Motors