It's not just the spellbinding speed that's surprising about the Bugatti Chiron.
The verdicts are in for the Bugatti Chiron, and early reviews confirm what we already knew: just like the Veyron before it, Bugatti has once again raised the bar. The Chiron is a revolutionary hypercar, with spellbinding speed that shouldn't be possible in a road car. Carfection has brought us the first video review of the Veyron successor featuring Tim Stevens from CNET's The Road Show, who was one of the first lucky journalists in the world to experience its driving pleasure. You have our envy, Stevens.
Sadly, we don't get to see the Chiron get put through its pace on a racetrack or an attempt to max out its mystery top speed. Instead, Stevens takes the Chiron on a drive through Portugal to remind us that it's also a luxury grand tourer. By now, you already know the numbers. The Chiron's 8.0-liter W12 engine packs 1,479-horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque.
0-62 mph takes less than 2.5 seconds. Top speed: nobody knows. Not even Bugatti. The Chiron is limited to 261 mph, but the speedometer goes up to 310 mph. It costs $3 million and 500 examples are being produced, with 250 already allocated to customers who haven't even driven it yet. The Chiron certainly looks the part with an aerodynamic design that remains faithful to the Veyron, but it's a more sculpted shape with amazing attention to detail. A prominent curve on the side of the car is designed to invoke the company founder's signature, the eight headlights are menacing, and the rear brake light is a single strip of metal housing 82 LEDs.
Like the Veyron, the Chiron isn't a light car, weighing around 4,400 pounds which is about the same as the Super Sport, despite the carbon fiber body. Unlike the Veyron, however, this hasn't affected the handling. As you'd expect, the acceleration is breathtakingly brutal, but what took Stevens by surprise is how comfortable, refined and nimble it is to drive on twisty roads. Stopping power is extraordinary too. At high speed the braking forces reach 2G, but at low speed braking is progressive unlike most supercars. Oh, and it also has a drift mode. That should be interesting. Early reviews are reassuring, but we never doubted the Bugatti Chiron would be anything other than remarkable.