The Bugatti Chiron is an absolute engineering marvel, and its W16 is as well, with a twin-to-quad turbo setup that makes 1,500 horsepower while not weighing any more than its predecessor in the 1000-horsepower Veyron. But how much does that engine weigh, exactly? A ton. Well, almost.
Building cars is hard, as we all know (some more than others). There’s a lot more to the process than just slapping something together, handing it off to a guy in an ugly polo shirt who says things like “What’s it gonna take for me to get you into this today?”, and and calling it a day. Bugatti, which is no stranger…
When I opened my laptop Monday, I saw a story on how Bugatti can personally monitor customer cars and fly technicians out on a whim. It reminded me of my Saturday: eyeballing my odometer, deciding I needed an oil change and then cleaning dark, burning gunk out of the cat scratches on my hand for 15 minutes.
With hands burned and blistered by a red-hot steering wheel and a head still reeling from a long night of sex and champagne, former cabaret dancer Hellé Nice won the first all-female Grand Prix at Montlhéry, France in 1929. Thus began a short but victory-filled career wrought with tragedy and controversy in between…
In the early days of motorsports, when race cars were lithe and elegant slips of steel, it was pretty common to see their racing numbers painted on their front grilles. Today, it’s an underutilized aesthetic. Let’s all paint numbers on our cars’ faces!
The Bugatti Chiron was never a car you were supposed to track. It was meant for impressing fellow yachters and high-speed, straight-line runs. Bugatti wants to change that with the new Chiron Sport.
The quad-turbo W16 in use in current Bugattis is a real engineering marvel, made of two banks of narrow-angle VR8 cylinder banks and quad-turbocharged. But before it was an ever stranger looking engine: the three-banked W18.
3D printing has given people a whole new way of manufacturing and designing things, including folks in the automotive industry. Bugatti, for example, is looking to 3D print brake calipers. This is actually a really cool development that could absolutely change the future of component manufacturing. While I’m sure this…
I know the Bugatti Chiron isn’t normally considered a “green” car, but there’s at least one stage in its life where it does give something back to the environment: a burst of electrical power. Of course, it’s still fundamentally a ridiculous vehicle the capabilities of which virtually no one who buys it will ever…
Last week, Bugatti said that it was recalling 47 Chirons because of possible bad welds in seat recliner brackets. Hilariously, they estimated that one percent, or just less than half of a single Chiron, was affected. They also said their team of “Flying Doctors” would solve everything.
Start your day right by staring endlessly at the whackadoo W18 VW played around with for years, seen here in the 1999 Bugatti Chiron concept.
First: some clarification. Bugattis are definitely affordable. Their price tags wouldn’t cause any kind of hesitation for the millionaires that buy them. But for the rest of us working nine-to-six jobs, we’re looking for a Bugatti that costs a hair less than a few million dollars. Thank God that might be in the works…
Life is full of silly things, a lot of which would be cool if they weren’t so silly. Take this model of a Bugatti Chiron engine: It’d be a great conversation piece on your LED-backlit display wall of rare, expensive automotive memorabilia dusted with diamonds for extra shine, but maybe not for $10,000.
You may remember a time when Xzibit would put your Transformer into your Transformer. But imagine someone actually putting a Transformer into a 2014 Bugatti Veyron—or at least painting it like one—and asking almost $2 million for it.
The Bugatti Chiron is fast. It’s really fast, if you want specifics—so fast Bugatti puts a speed limiter on it because modern tires can’t handle the pressure speeds near 300 mph would put on them. So, naturally, to film its record 249-mph Chiron run, Bugatti had to use something just as fast: another Chiron.
If you’re a hypercar company, impressing clients with big numbers is kind of the name of the game (after all, this segment is all about bragging rights). If you’re Bugatti, and your $3 million Chiron hasn’t achieved the ultimate top-speed bragging right yet, you’ve got to try other stunts—like this zero to 249 mph…
Ex-Lamborghini boss and wearer of impeccable suits Stephan Winkelmann headed up Audi’s fun division Audi Sport GmbH, formerly known as Quattro, for just a little over a year. Now, it appears that he’s moving again, this time to captain Bugatti. That sounds like... trading up.
Top Gear’s Chris Harris got to spend a lot of time on open roads with the new Bugatti Chiron hypercar, and yet all of that new complicated fussy stuff was no match for an experience that dates back almost 100 years.
In news that makes perfect sense, Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer has pretty much already confirmed that the next record-setting Bugatti hypercar will have to go hybrid.
The world’s most powerful production car, the nearly $3 million Bugatti Chiron, has been out for almost a year and a half now. But we still don’t know its top speed, and we won’t for a while—a Bugatti test driver said the closer the car gets to 300 mph, the less likely it is that modern tires can handle the pressure.