Stephan Winkelmann is apparently too busy to conduct a top speed test.
Everyone knows the 1,500 hp Bugatti Chiron is incredibly fast. However, it has yet to conduct an official top speed run, which is kind of interesting considering the Koenigsegg Agera RS was crowned the world’s fastest production car late last year. However, back in 2016 Bugatti said it would conduct a Chiron top speed run in 2018. So, what’s happening with that? Apparently not much. Speaking to CNBC, Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann casually explained he’s simply too busy at the moment to organize that top speed run.
I have a lot on my plate," Winkelmann said. "The speed test is not my priority. I think we have a lot of things to do." When pressed about whether top speed matter to Chiron owners and other perspective clients, Winkelmann said the following: “I know this for sure: I don’t even know how fast our car can go.” Asked directly about a top speed test, Winkelmann was non-committal. “Maybe, I don’t know.” What’s changed since he’s taken over as CEO? Nothing, really. It’s just that Bugatti customers seem to be more interested in buying a work of art and less of a record-breaking hypercar. Still, the Chiron already comes equipped with a capped top speed of 261 mph, which is still insanely fast.
The Agera RS managed a record top speed of 277.9 mph. Winkelmann also has to deal with a Chiron production backlog of three years at the moment, so we wouldn’t be surprised to find out if he’s trying to speed that up along. Also, word has it the Chiron’s Michelin tires aren’t quite up to the task of exceeding 261 mph, but the tire company is rumored to be coming up with a solution. Perhaps Winkelmann is simply holding off until Michelin sorts things out.