Production will be limited to just 60 units, here's hoping at least one will make it to the track.
After last month's mysterious teaser, we've been eagerly waiting to see what Bugatti has been cooking up for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. While Geneva has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, Bugatti has decided to show its latest creation to the world online.
Last year, Bugatti's President Stephan Winkelmann announced we can look forward to two new Chiron variants. Today, the automaker has unveiled the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Whereas the Bugatti Chiron 300+ is designed for straight-line acceleration and top speed, the Chiron Pur Sport is more agile, allowing it to attack corners at high speed on winding roads or the racetrack.
"We spoke to customers and realized they wanted a vehicle that is geared even more towards agility and dynamic cornering. A hypersports car that yearns for country roads with as many bends as possible. An unadulterated, uncompromising driving machine. Consequently, the vehicle is called Chiron Pur Sport," Stephen Winkelmann explains.
"By cutting the weight by 50 kilograms while simultaneously boosting the downforce and configuring an uncompromising, sporty chassis as well as suspension setup, the Chiron Pur Sport boasts incredible grip, sensational acceleration, and extraordinarily accurate handling. It's the most uncompromising yet agile Bugatti of recent times."
Dominating the front of the car are wide air inlets and an enlarged horseshoe panel serving as radiator air outlets. Elsewhere, a striking splitter protruding at the front generates maximum downforce while also making the Chiron appear wider. A new optional split paintwork design has also been developed for the Chiron Pur Sport, while exposed carbon fiber covering the entire bottom third of the car makes the Chiron Pur Sport appear to sit lower to the ground.
At the back is a massive rear spoiler spanning 74-inches that generates huge amounts of downforce, while a striking diffuser also boosts the car's aerodynamics and agility. The rear wing mounts and diffuser form an aggressive and sporty X-shaped design.
"We focussed particularly on the agility of the Chiron Pur Sport. The vehicle generates more downforce at the rear axle while the large, front splitter, air inlets, wheel-arch vents featuring optimized air outlets and a reduced vehicle height strike a clean balance at the front," Frank Heyl, Head of Exterior Design and Deputy Head Designer at Bugatti, explains.
Rounding off the exterior design is a highly temperature-resistant exhaust tailpipe made of 3D-printed titanium. Inside, the stripped-back interior is upholstered with Alcantara to save weight, which has been applied to the door trim panels and steering wheel. All trim and controls are made of either black anodized aluminum or titanium.
The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport sits on new magnesium wheels with optional aero blades that improve the airflow across the side of the car. Reducing the weight by a total of 35 pounds results in a lower unladen weight and also reduces the unsprung mass, resulting in improved grip. These Aero wheels are wrapped in Bugatti-specific Michelin Sport Cup 2 R tires in 285/30 R20 dimensions at the front and 355/25 R21 at the rear. Lateral acceleration is also improved by 10 percent and cornering speed is also improved thanks to the modified tire structure and a rubber mix that creates more grip.
To make the Chiron Pur Sport more agile when attacking corners and winding roads, Bugatti has made several modifications to the chassis. The suspension setup features 65 percent firmer springs at the front and 33 percent firmer springs at the rear, as well as an adaptive damping control strategy geared towards performance and modified camber values. Carbon-fiber stabilizers at the front and rear also minimize body roll.
In addition to the lighter wheels, titanium brake pad base panels reduce another 4.4 pounds while the brake discs reduce another 2.2 pounds off the total weight. As a result of these modifications, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is 41.8 pounds lighter than the regular Chiron. If you're confident about chucking the Chiron Pur Sport around corners, Bugatti has also added a new Sport+ mode that activates the traction control on dry race tracks at a significantly later point.
Powering the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is the same 8.0-liter W16 engine as the regular Chiron generating 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. However, a recalibrated automatic transmission has 15 percent closer gear ratios to improve the power distribution, which allows the Chiron Pur Sport to accelerate out of corners even more aggressively. The maximum engine speed has also increased by 200 rpm to 6,900 rpm. As a result, the Chiron PurSport accelerates from 37 to 74 mph almost two seconds faster than the regular Chiron and the elasticity values are 40 percent better.
Production of the Chiron Pur Sport will start in the second half of 2020 and will be limited to just 60 units, each starting at an eye-watering $3.55 million.