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The 'Base' 1,500-Horsepower Bugatti Chiron Won’t Even Be The Most Extreme Version Of The Car

Nobody but Bugatti can look at a car and think that 1,500 ponies aren’t enough.

The first customer deliveries of the Bugatti Chiron haven’t even taken place yet, but that won’t stop Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer from dropping some additional hints about the future of the brand as well as info on the Chiron itself. Multiple modes on the newest Bugatti mean that top speeds will vary. In Handling Mode, the Chiron will have its active aerodynamic settings adjusted for maximum downforce. This will mean blisteringly fast lap times but a top speed of “only” 239 mph.

A Drift Mode has been installed for insane owners, but those concerned with speed get a Top Speed mode. This makes the body slippery and unlocks a 261 mph top speed. That speed is still slower than the 268 mph that the Super Sport managed to reach, though. That’s because the final engine governor can only be removed by first consulting Bugatti. An owner will only get the OK for a true top speed run if a team of engineers can make sure that the track, weather, and car are ready for a safe attempt. Even though Bugatti hasn’t attempted a top speed run with the Chiron (we can expect that by 2018), Dürheimer reckons that beating the 268-mph mark should be easy since the stock Chiron makes 300 horsepower more than the Veyron Super Sport.

With the previous model, Bugatti made sure to wring out every bit of creativity from its chassis as possible with four models: the Veyron, Veyron Grand Sport, Veyron Super Sport, and Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, as well as a few special editions of each one of those cars. According to what Dürheimer told Car and Driver the Chiron will be no different than its predecessor. We already know that a roadster version of the Chiron is slated for release, but Dürheimer did not rule out the possibility of a higher-powered Chiron Super Sport. This means that we could see a Chiron with some engine tweaks to help the car get closer to the 2,000-hp mark.

Unlike the Veyron, the roadster version of the Chiron will likely have a T-bar roof to preserve the “C” line that runs through the middle of the cabin. It's hard to grasp numbers and performance figures like this, but there's no time to wait because that's not even the most exciting news. Following up the Veyron was no small task and it won't be easy to craft a successor to Bugatti's newest supercar either. To best the Chiron, Bugatti is weighing four alternative successors including the Galibier concept. Unfortunately we won't know which car Bugatti picks until the Chiron’s run is up. But for now we’ve already told Ettore’s company which car we think should be built.

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