Those in the market for Bugatti Chiron probably don’t need any convincing that it is both very good and very fast, but a decade after the Veyron’s debut, what’s it like to drive one of these machines for the first time? After all, the 1,479-hp car still represents something otherworldly — the Chiron’s output is 2.09 Hellcats, for chrissake (Hellcat being the new unit of horsepower, like the F-35 is now a metric for government project price tags).
If early reports are any indication, one of the Chiron’s most surprising aspects is its ability to drive like a normal car — we’ve heard this from several early reviewers — one of whom likened it to the ease of driving a VW Golf around town. This will be good news for those who ordered a Chiron for their Monaco apartment, where Chirons won’t be able to stretch their legs much.
The Chiron’s performance stats are worth reciting: A sprint from a standstill to 62 mph takes just 2.5 seconds; 4.0 seconds later, the speedometer will breeze by the 124-mph mark. Perhaps the only statistic more impressive than its 261-mph electronically limited top speed is that the Chiron can reach 186 mph in just 13.5 seconds, a sprint time not even the Veyron Super Sport (or any other road-legal car) can match. And the 261-mph top speed is a bit of a hedge itself: The electronic limiter is there to preserve the tires, and you’ll still need a deep supply of those Michelin Pilot Sport Cup IIs if you plan to commute so impatiently on a daily basis.
As brutal as the acceleration stats look on a computer screen, it sounds like the handling has been engineered to match the 1,479-hp and 1,180-lb-ft output of that quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16. We’ll let Jethro Bovingdon from Drivetribe take it from here and to the Portuguese countryside the Chirons terrorized just days ago.