Are the headline figures just marketing, or is the Chiron as awesome as it seems?
The Bugatti Chiron. What a machine. Just mentioning its name conjures up thoughts of spectacular power, breathtaking speeds, and exquisite design. Of course, a lot of the respect we have for the brand comes from its past exploits just as much as its recent endeavors, and we're sure that an electric future with Rimac will provide even more exciting creations. But is there a chance that Bugatti has been lying to us about power figures? After all, who is ever going to prove Bugatti wrong? It's not like we all have access to a massive test track, let alone a Bugatti. Fortunately, Cannonball Garage has just posted a YouTube video that reveals the truth.
Bugatti claims that the 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine produces 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Remember, this is a rating taken at the flywheel, so if you calculate the predicted figures using an assumed 15% deficit due to drivetrain losses, you'd arrive at figures of 1,257 hp and 1,003 lb-ft. Either Bugatti has given the Chiron even more power than claimed, or the drivetrain is so efficient that losses are well below the average, because the video reveals final figures on the wheels of 1,369 hp and 1,163 lb-ft of torque. This translates to less than 8% in power loss and around 1.4% in torque lost to the drivetrain compared to the quoted flywheel figures.
So no, the Bugatti Chiron is not just a marketing exercise. Picking one example at random and arriving at figures like these just goes to show how meticulously each example is crafted, and how carefully honed the engineering principles applied to each engine are. This attention to detail and obsession with excellence is why the Chiron cost $3 million as new. It's why the hypercar can do 261 mph. And it's why Bugatti never wants for customers. Production of the Chiron's Pur Sport and Super Sport variants is now wrapping up, which means that Bugatti will likely soon begin work on its next technological marvel. We can't wait to see what that may be.