Mesmerising to any and all who see it, the Bugatti Chiron puts the hyper into hypercar
It’s easy to become complacent with supercars in the halls of evo. McLarens, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, you name it, they’ve all passed our way, each making the last seem more dull, more basic, more pedestrian. There are exceptions to this rule, though, one of which is impossible not to elicit genuine wonderment from all who see it. Bugatti, the Alsatian manufacturer responsible for some of the most illustrious cars in history, is one such exception, and its staggering Chiron is the star of this week’s ‘car pictures of the week’ gallery.
It’s impossible to talk about the Bugatti Chiron without talking about a certain four-digit number: 1116, the kilowatt output of the Chiron’s 8-litre W16, quad-turbocharged powerplant (the word ‘engine’ here just doesn’t do it justice).
An overused term, perhaps, but the Bugatti Chiron’s powertrain is an engineering masterpiece, a legacy of the pride Volkswagen, or more accurately the former VW boss Ferdinand Piëch, put into his so-called ‘vanity projects’. The Chiron may have come after Piëch’s reign, but it reeks of his influence.
The exquisite attention to detail wasn’t just focused under the skin, though. Inside, the Chiron has a minimalist, pared-back design in much the same way as an expensive Italian kitchen. Material is key, the fine-grained leather, the milled aluminium switchgear, all designed and, crucially, executed as close to perfection as possible. Each of the components has a typically ridiculous cost, but the billionaire buyers of the Chiron will not want to see indicator stalks nicked from an Audi in their statement of success.
The same attention has been paid to the exterior, too – elements like the rear light bar being milled from a single block of aluminium, inside of which is a full-width light bar whose internal layers of diffusing material have the perfect amount of opacity to create the brilliantly uniform, unbroken spear of red light when illuminated.
It’s easy to get lost in the detail, but perhaps what the Chiron does better than its predecessor most is create real lust from its staggering design. The Veyron’s squashed Beetle profile and rounded surfaces were of its time, but you might say they struggled to purvey the serious content underneath. Look at the menacing, all-black example in these images and we doubt you would say the same about the Chiron.