Bugatti Chiron Profilée was sold for €9,792,500 at RM Sotheby’s Paris auction, excluding VAT, making the final price higher. This makes the Chiron Profilee the most expensive car ever sold at an auction.
The Bugatti Chiron Profilée was planned as a limited-edition, but it was not produced due to the 500 unit allocation for the Chiron being filled before the Profilée. The Chiron Profilée is designed to be stiffer than the Pur Sport, offering a more dynamic driving experience. It features a fixed rear wing and has a top speed limit of 380 km/h. The engine’s redline has also been increased to 6900 RPM. The 8-lt W16 engine produces 1500 hp.
There is a rumor regarding the Bugatti W16 engine that it is based on either a VW VR engine or an Audi V8. The truth is unknown. However, it is certain that the buyer of the Chiron now possesses the last W16 engine ever built by Bugatti.
This article is written by an artificial intelligence tool called ChatGPT (http://chat.openai.com). I knew this day will come, and machines will write articles, but I wasn’t expecting this quickly. After 13 years of blogging here, I am proud to present the first article on my blog written by a machine.
The Bugatti Chiron is a mid-engined sports car developed and manufactured by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. It is the successor to the Bugatti Veyron and was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016. The Chiron is named after Louis Chiron, a racing driver who won the Monaco Grand Prix three times in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Chiron is powered by an 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine that produces 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 261 mph, making it one of the fastest production cars in the world. The Chiron also has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 2.4 seconds, thanks to its all-wheel drive system and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
In terms of design, the Chiron is a blend of traditional Bugatti styling cues and modern design elements. It has a long, low profile with a wide grille and a sweeping roofline. The Chiron also has distinctive LED lights and large air intakes to help cool the engine. Inside, the Chiron is luxurious and well-equipped, with comfortable leather seats and a high-tech dashboard.
The Bugatti Chiron is not just a high-performance machine, but also a work of art. Each Chiron is hand-built by a team of skilled craftsmen at Bugatti’s headquarters in Molsheim, France. The Chiron is limited to just 500 units, making it a rare and exclusive car that is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts.
Overall, the Bugatti Chiron is a stunning achievement in automotive engineering and design. It is a true masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in a production car.
A few days ago, Bugatti revealed its most radical design yet – a permanent open-roof hypercar.
I know that the permanent open-top style is not new to the industry. However, it is completely new to a car that produces 1,600hp and can exceed 420 km/h! Driving faster than 400 km/h in an open-top car severely challenges the driver and passenger. I can only imagine the turbulence inside the cabin created at those speeds. I’m sure it will be safe, but I doubt it will be a pleasant experience for anyone to reach speeds of 400 km/h.
Importantly, though, no one is buying the Mistral for the speed – the lucky 99 buyers will own the final W16-powered Bugatti series. The W16 engine is not feasible anymore as a gas-only engine, and the world has changed. All brands are moving towards electric, and that’s why Bugatti is under the Rimac brand in VW Group. The Bugatti Mistral is the final addition to the W16-series, and W16 will be gone forever when the 500 Chirons sell out.
Is the Mistral worth buying? Yes, absolutely. Worth driving at 400 km/h? I’m not sure about that!
I have tried to attend Salon Privé for a long time, but I’ve never managed it! I always thought Salon Privé was a small car show, and that’s all. However, I was wrong.
I realized this when I attended the event at Royal Chelsea Hospital in London this year. Since I started blogging, I think this is the first car show where I didn’t ask for a press pass.
Salon Privé London has something unique to offer! It is small, but it has everything! From Prodrive’s Paris Dacar off-roader BRX Hunter to Bugatti Chirons (multiple Chirons were present). I’m not even taking into account the number of Lamborghinis that were present.
Another great part of Salon Privé was Anna-Louise Felstead (Instagram @alfelstead). She is a fantastic artist whose paintings I love. This is especially true for the ones that convey the reality of luxury cars. They are amazing!
Also, there were two helicopters at Salon Privé. I can’t ignore them in this write-up. From this year, I will be attending a future Salone Privé event, and I highly recommend it!
The world’s fastest mass-production car, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, and Bugatti’s London dealer, HR Owen, has delivered three of them! Sadly, I can’t share my photos as the HR Owen Bugatti dealer is not open to the public. You can’t go into the dealer and take pictures. Once I had the chance, I guess that was all.
The Bugatti Chiron is the predecessor of the Veyron, and they share many features. Such as the engine! The W16 Bugatti engine is an engineering masterpiece from a different perspective. When the Bugatti’s W16 engine was announced at the beginning of the 2000s, the world was a different place. Massive engine displacement was somewhat part of Bugatti’s success and reaching 1001-HP was a fantastic benchmark. During those times, there was some rumour, that the W16 engine was based on two Audi V8 engines stuck together. This has never been confirmed or rejected. I guess that’s one of the automotive secrets.
Chiron Super Sport 300+ promises one thing, reaching 309 miles per hour or 498 km per hour. That is 500 km/h! This is thanks to aerodynamic revisions, an extra 100-HP and many other upgrades. Every single piece of the SuperSport 300+ is revised or redesigned to withstand this speed. The engine produces 1600-HP and 1600nm of torque. The fuel consumption is insane. I am not talking about servicing this Chiron.
For me, Chiron Super Sport 300+ is a great car and show how much we can push the limits of physics. Is it a logical car? Of course not. Does it make sense? Absolutely not. But it is an excellent piece of engineering to see how far we can push the limits of an internal combustion engine. This is probably the last fastest Bugatti with an internal combustion engine.
There are, or there were, only 30 cars available, and they are gone. Will this car pollute the world? Yes, but most of the owners will not drive it that much. You also can’t reach the top speed that easily. This is a piece of engineering; that’s how I see it, and that’s why I wish I had one. Honestly, this is the only Bugatti I wish to own. Because we won’t be able to see these figures again. I guess Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ is the grand finale for the internal combustion engine.
Welcome to the world of Bugatti restoration, Bugatti’s personalized “La Maison Pur Sang” program.
If you’re reading this article, you might have wondered about whether it’s ever right to treat your Bugatti like an everyday VW Golf. At the end of the day, the two cars are from the same company – Volkswagen – and they can be driven for anything.
Even though an average Bugatti costs ten times the amount of an average family car, both cars are still practical for everyday tasks.
Bugatti recently revealed a bespoke restoration service known as the “La Maison Pur Sang” program. The first Bugatti to be restored was the original Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, the prototype for which was featured at Pebble Beach in 2008. An interesting fact is that due to its status as a prototype Bugatti, I don’t think it was sold to a customer. A prototype means that something may fall apart without giving any notice.
According to Bugatti, they reacquired the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport for restoration (from whom they reacquired is the question). The process of restoring a Bugatti involves the following:
Are you planning to buy a used Bugatti, or do you want to refresh your worn-out Bugatti? If so, there’s a service designed for your needs.
One final note, though: to enter Bugatti’s “La Maison Pur Sang” program, and also benefit from a restoration process for your Bugatti, this will set you back around the price of a brand new Audi A4!
Bugatti released a video a few days ago. If you are reading this article in 2050, the thing to note is that humankind raced fighter jets with passenger vehicles. So, Bugatti decided to show how fast its Chiron Sport is against a fighter jet, as you might be expecting. What better fit for this race than a Dassault Rafale?
Before I criticize the video, let’s note that the Bugatti Chiron Sport is powered by an 8-liter quad-turbo W16 engine (designed in the late 1990s). This generates 1,500 PS and 1,600 nm of torque. The engine is coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox delivering power to an all-wheel drive system, enabling the Chiron Sport to reach 420 km/h. It is a fast car, and you would never be able to experience its full potential.
The unique characteristics of the Chiron Sport are the ‘Les Légendes du Ciel’ exclusive edition, which is limited to twenty vehicles. All of these are probably gone now. Bugatti pays homage to the unique and fruitful relationship between its founder and France’s legendary pilots and race car drivers, including Louis Blériot, Roland Garros, Robert Benoist, Bartolomeo Costantini, and Albert Divo.
Honestly, this is an excellent project from Bugatti, honoring its aviation heritage, and I liked it.
However, using a Dassault Rafale Marine fighter jet with 5,727 PS to show that the Chiron Sport is faster on the ground is a bit too much of a throwback to the 2000s. The Tesla Model S would also probably outpace a Dassault Rafale, as well as many other vehicles, because airplanes don’t move their vehicles for propulsion; they use compressed air instead. Therefore, planes can’t accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h as quickly as a car.
Videos like this used to be impressive ten or fifteen years ago, back when Nokia was the best phone manufacturer. The world has changed since then; sadly, you can’t impress people with these PR exercises. There are more creative ways to present an exclusive edition compared to this.
I didn’t write this article to moan about video production. Bugatti is a great brand that develops unique vehicles, and I would like to see them go forward in every direction.
Bugatti is well known for the 1001 PS Veyron from the early 2000s with its an 8-lt W16 engine. VW Group spent years developing this monster, during which it was a fantastic car. Sadly, many people assumed Bugatti was just a car manufacturer and never fully understood the its heritage.
In following years, we had the limited edition Veyron and SuperSport, among others. With the Super Sport, Bugatti reached up to 1200 PS. Sadly, Veyron was losing money for every car they sold, which is presumably why servicing the Veyron is still too expensive.
After the Veyron, we had the Chiron. By the way, I didn’t have many opportunities to see it. HR Owen Bugatti used to be part of the HR Owen Bentley showroom and after the Chiron, HR Owen Bugatti had its showroom and getting inside it is literally impossible, so I didn’t get many opportunities to see the Chiron. Nevertheless, I wasn’t impressed as much as the Veyron. It was heavier, and the engine and the transmission were from the Veyron. And that’s acceptable, VW Group spent lots of time developing the W16 (there were some rumours that the W16 is two Audi V8 engine glued together) and the transmission. They can’t get rid of them; they had to use them to get more power!
Despite my lack of excitement. I really admired the Chiron, and it was kind of an updated version of the Veyron. It had new materials and more efficient engine but something was still missing. Bugatti used to criticise Bentley for being the fastest truck in Le Mans, and now Chiron was taking that role. After the Chiron, we saw Chiron Sport, Pur Sport, Sport 110 Ans and we had SuperSport 300+. Both of these cars were on the same Chiron platform. They look like heavyweight cars. They didn’t have the lightweight heritage of the Bugatti’s of old.
Until now! Bugatti Bolide made it! Bugatti Head Office removed everything from the Chiron, all the unnecessary parts designed to show off in the streets of London and Monaco. The engine was beefed up to 1850 PS on racing fuel—everything designed for the circuit like the old days. Bugatti wasn’t creating the impression of a truck anymore. I always felt like Veyron and Chiron were the shrunk version of MAN trucks. Bolide is designed purely for Le Mans racing. Every single bit was designed to get the best from the engine and the aerodynamics. They made it!
The Bolide is the best contemporary Bugatti after the Veyron. Veyron introduced the four-digit horsepower league to the automotive industry, and the Bolide was introduced to show how to deliver that power into a racing circuit.
I wonder if the current Bugatti owners will be able to drive this car. As the car is not designed for comfort, driving it will be a challenge. I hope to see more electric-powered Bugattis in future as well.
I assume the Bolide will visit HR Owen Bugatti, and I don’t know if I will be able to see it. As you may notice, I am not an influencer even though I’ve blog about cars for 11 years. If I manage to spot it, I will share the photos.
Interesting facts of Bugatti Bolide: – 1,850 PS and 1,240 kilograms – weight-to-power ratio of 0.67 kg/PS – 1,850 PS and 1,850 newton-metres of torque – With 98 octane fuel at 1,600 PS – The Bolide takes 3:07.1 minutes to complete a lap of Le Mans and 5:23.1 minutes to get around the Nordschleif – Top speed is well above 500 km/h
Bugatti Chiron is the most powerful (and the most expensive) mass-produced vehicle currently available. In my personal opinion, Chiron is something from the early 2000s – using a W16 8.0 L engine to produce 1500-hp is a bit outdated. Chiron is an impressive car, but it doesn’t compare to the original Veyron that was the embodiment of a crazy idea brought to reality. Chiron is the polished version of the 1001-hp Bugatti Veyron.
Bugatti recently revealed an eccentric detail of the Chiron – the air conditioning unit. It is a system that cools you down when you press a button, but like everything in the Chiron, it is exaggerated. According to the press release, the air conditioning unit needs a cooling system, and that cooling system needs another cooling system! Understandably, this is due to the extensive heat generated by the W16 engine that produces 1500-hp and can travel up to 482 km/h (300 mph) Chiron Super Sport 300+ model.
As the numbers get mental, the laws of physics also start to push boundaries. To achieve the crazy speed of the Chiron, the windscreen is much larger and angled lower than an average car. Similarly, whilst the Sky View option offers two glass roofs, bringing additional sunlight to the interior, this results in a higher than average inner temperature.
Unlike regular cars, the air is not forced through the lower end of the windscreen. This action happens at speeds over 250 km/h. Therefore, the air conditioning compressor has to produce up to 10 kW to achieve cold air. As a guide, this amount of power could quickly cool down an 80 square meter apartment.
In ten years, we will see this technology downscaled to the other VW model for a more efficient cooling system. Sometimes I do wonder if VW Group is using the Bugatti brand as a testing bed and make it sellable to wealthy people so that while VW Group is doing its R&D, they recover some of the costs?
In 2005, Bugatti revealed the ground-breaking Veyron 16.4. It boasted 1001 HP, and was capable of reaching 407 km/h, but why 407? Reaching 400 km/h was more than enough. In those days, there was no other car manufacturer capable of delivering 1000 HP or reaching 400 km/h. Why was Bugatti obsessed with 407 km/h?
A few weeks ago, the fifteenth birthday of the Veyron 16.4 was celebrated, and Bugatti duly revealed some of the secrets. The most interesting was the top speed. So, why 407 km/h?
Ferdinand Karl Piëch specified the 407 km/h speed. He was the mastermind behind the revival of the Bugatti brand and the delivery of more than 1000 HP from a W16 engine. And he wanted to break the 406 km/h limit. Here is the story.
In the 1960s, Piëch had developed the iconic Porsche 917. It won the 24-Hour Le Mans race in the 1960s and reached 406 km/h on the Hunaudières Straight. For Piëch, Veyron had to go faster, and the easiest way to achieve this goal was simply to reach 407 km/h.
Piëch was the brain behind the VW Group’s decision to buy Bugatti, create the VW Phaeton and, indeed, many other outstanding feats of engineering. According to some rumours (and simple calculations), the VW Group lost nearly £5 million on every Veyron sold. But no doubt they recovered the loss through the servicing bills, and also through the Chiron.