The most agile Bugatti yet shows us what it's made of.
To the casual observer, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport may look like just another member of the Bugatti family, but it was always going to be different. This is Bugatti showing the world that it can also make a sharp-handling, agile supercar, not just a straight-line speed demon.
After early test drives in Dubai at the end of last year, Bugatti has shared a new video of the Chiron Pur Sport being let loose on the twisty roads of the Hajar mountains located in Hatta, the exclave of the Emirate of Dubai and about 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the city of Dubai.
To drive home the message of the Chiron Pur Sport's dynamic potential, Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace, also a Le Mans champion driver, got behind the wheel of this special car. Bugatti describes the roads in this region as "bends, bends, and more bends."
The clip makes this clear, with nothing in the desolate environment to detract from the roar of that 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine. Bugatti's focus on lateral dynamics guided the engineers, with changes including stiffer front/rear bearings, special Michelin Sport Cup 2 R tires, and a fixed rear wing as part of the aerodynamic improvements.
The example pictured here in the Hajar mountains is finished in what's called the Jaune Molsheim and Carbon color split, with the bottom third of the body donning exposed carbon fiber and the rest finished in a vibrant yellow.
The dark black treatment is also seen on the wheels and rear wings. Acceleration is brutal, with 62 mph coming up in just 2.3 seconds, aided by a transmission ratio that is shorter by 15 percent and, of course, the titanic 1,479-horsepower output.
Built in Molsheim, France, only 60 examples of the Chiron Pur Sport will be produced at a price of three million euros (just over $3.6 million). For Andy Wallace and the lucky few owners - including those in North America - who get to enjoy this car on deserted roads like those of the Hajar mountains, it's sure to be an unforgettable experience.