The hypercar looks very composed when tackling the corners.
The Bugatti Chiron's quadturbo W16 engine produces an astonishing 1,479 horsepower (1,103 kilowatts), but the powerplant's lack of sound is even more impressive than the huge output. The new hyper car looked dignified during a recent run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed's hillclimb because it just seemed to glide around the corners.
Turn up your speakers and marvel at how quiet the Chiron is. When it sets off the line, you hear a rumble from the engine and a whistle from the turbos. As the Bugatti picks up speed, the sound becomes a little more thunderous, but the noise is still tranquil by hyper car standards. At times you can hear the announcer over the loudspeaker better than the $2.7-million vehicle.
This short video also offers the perfect demonstration of the Chiron's majestic approach to performance. At about 1:07, the one-off Ferrari 458 Speciale MM appears. With 605 hp (445 kilowatts) from its naturally-aspirated 4.5-liter V8, the Prancing Horse has less than half as much grunt at the Bugatti. However, the Ferrari is easily twice as loud going up the hill.
Bugatti will deliver the first Chirons to customers this fall, and they'll clearly be getting something special. Not only do these lucky buyers get a vehicle faster than a racer at Le Mans, but you might never hear it coming.
Gallery: Bugatti Chiron at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 2016: UK PREMIERE OF THE BUGATTI CHIRON
- First public appearance of the new Bugatti super sports car in the United Kingdom
- Chiron presented at legendary hill climb
- Piloted by British racing driver and Le Mans winner Andy Wallace
- Motto of the event: “Full Throttle - The Endless Pursuit of Power”
- Wolfgang Dürheimer: “The Chiron embodies the motto of this year’s event like no other production super sports car.”
The venue for its first public appearance in the United Kingdom could hardly be more appropriate for the Bugatti Chiron1. The motto of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is “Full Throttle - The Endless Pursuit of Power”. The Bugatti super sports car with 1,500 PS and a top speed of 420 km/h limited for road use is being presented at the legendary hill climb – piloted by British racing driver and Le Mans winner Andy Wallace. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held from June 23 to 26, 2016.
“As the most powerful and fastest production super sports car in the world, the Chiron embodies the motto of this year’s event like no other car in its class,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “We are pleased to be able to present the Chiron at this highly traditional event as its UK premiere and would like to thank Lord March for his hospitality.”
Andy Wallace, who has been an official Bugatti driver since 2011, will pilot the Chiron at the Goodwood hill climb this weekend. The former British racing driver and Le Mans legend is looking forward to the occasion. “It is a great honour for me to drive this exceptional vehicle at such a fantastic event, especially since this will be its premiere in my home country. I’m sure this will be a highlight of the festival.”
Bugatti is currently preparing for the start of series production of the 1,500 PS Chiron at the company’s headquarters in Molsheim, Alsace. The super sports car is to be produced in a limited series of 500 vehicles. More than 200 customers have already ordered their Chiron and the first vehicle is due to be delivered to a customer in the autumn of 2016.
Since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been one of the international highlights in the calendar for motorsports enthusiasts and fans of racing cars of all vintages. Every year in June, about 200,000 visitors flock to Goodwood House to the north of Chichester (West Sussex). The highlight of the event is the famous hill climb; the vehicles entering this event drive over a 1.16 mile (1.86 km) course with nine bends over the hill at Goodwood. The 23rd Festival of Speed is being held from June 23 to 26, 2016. The Bugatti stand is near to the Supercar Paddock.
1 Near-production vehicle – not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC, as a general operating permit has not yet been issued