Bugatti 18/3 Chiron was a concept sports car designed by
Fabrizio Giugiaro in 1999. The Chiron was named after and in
honor of Bugatti racing driver Louis Chiron. The “18/3”
represents the engine’s 18 cylinders distributed into three
banks of six cylinders each.
This modified hyper-car picks up where the Bugatti Veyron 16.4
Exterior of Bugatti Chiron
The essential design elements included the classic horse shoe
grille comeback, inset front lights, converging front hood and
an exposed intake plenum.
Subtle details of the Bugatti Chiron included 8 spoke wheels
wrapped in 20” tires, lighting on both ends of the car, with
triple Xenon headlights and stretched turn signals.
Giugiaro devoted considerable time working on airflow
management. The small shoehorn radiator wouldn’t provide enough
air for the 6-liter engine, so a large aperture needed to be
inserted below it. Much of this air was extracted though vents
located in front of the front wheels. For the rear brakes, a
smaller system was used on the side of the vehicle.
Nowadays, Chiron development has come to the point where it
finally received its own body work. And it’s quite obvious the
Chiron has a new rear fascia with massive grilles around the
taillight section, accompanied by a redesigned diffuser. It has
also received the new active rear wing and the engine hood.
Bugatti Chiron Interior
On the inside, the car used to be stripped out, but covered in
Blu Pacifico and Sabbia leather, followed by aluminum accents.
There was also a removable watch on the passenger side.
It’s still not known whether these features have been retained
in the final production model, but we’re absolutely positive
about plenty of leather and carbon fiber.
Engine and Specs
The production version will differ from the concept in terms of
the engine used.
The new Bugatti Chiron will be powered by a 8.0-liter W-16
engine with direct injection, increased boost pressure, and at
least two of its four turbochargers electrically powered. The
engine output ranges from 1200 to 1500 hp, and delivers 1106
pound-feet of torque.
The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. The
4-wheel drive system that first appeared in the 1998 EB118 and
the 1999 EB218 concept cars, adds torque vectoring.
Expected top speed of Bugatti Chiron is as high as 288 mph (18
mph faster than the Veyron), and the expected acceleration time
is 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. Unlike in recent high-end
supercars, rumor has it that in production of the Chiron no
hybrid drivetrain will be used.
Price and release date
A recent Piëch-ordered redesign of the door aperture postponed
the Chiron on-sale date to 2016. As for the pricing, it should
be in range of $2.5 million.
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