The new Sport variant of the Bugatti Chiron, following its debut at the 88th Geneva International Motor Show, just recently made its North America premier during this year’s New York International Auto Show. Celebrating its first time in North America and in the Big Apple, the New York International Auto Show’s exhibition of the new Chiron Sport started on the 30th of March and lasted until the 8th of April.
Despite having no change in power and performance data, the Chiron Sport has made substantial progress in increased handling as well as far better dexterous maneuverability. Bugatti even developed a dynamic handling package in order to lessen the weight of the car by roughly 40 pounds. This resulted in the Chiron Sport achieving greater cornering speeds and even making it possible to do a complete lap around the Nardò handling circuit in the south of Italy a whole 5 seconds faster than the Chiron. And you should know the Nardò circuit was the perfect testing ground to assess the Chiron’s capabilities to its utmost potential; it was undeniably the ideal track for the sports car to execute its handling to the upper limit even at cornering speeds in excess of 200 km/h.
“We have developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even sportier driving experience with their Chiron, with improved lateral dynamics on winding roads,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “What was important for us was to leave unchanged the unique character of the Chiron, its combination of ultimate performance, longitudinal acceleration and maximum speed with luxury, comfort and everyday usability.”
One of the most obvious distinctions between the characteristics of the Chiron Sport and the standard Chiron version are the new wheel design specs as well as the new four-pipe exhaust deflector. Furthermore, the Chiron Sport comes with an optional colour and trim package to offer prospective customers unhindered customization to suit their individual preference. You can make your own Chiron Sport look as sporty as possible, and look to the Chiron Sport on show in Geneva to get inspired as it features all the available options. Specifications include: Fuel consumption, l/100km: urban 35.2 /extra urban 15.2 /combined 22.5; CO2 emissions, combined, g/km: 516; efficiency class: G
“The Chiron Sport has become perceptibly more nimble and its new agility, especially in tight corners makes for a much more emotional experience for the driver on winding roads and handling circuits,” Winkelmann continues.
The Chiron is the most superlative production super sports car ever built by Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. to date. Crowned the ultimate production vehicle, the Chiron distributes a massive power output of 1,500 HP, an incredible high torque value of 1,180 ft-lb from between 2,000 to 6,000 rpm and a wide range of advanced technical features. The Chiron embodies not only speed, but also luxury to increase the overall thrill and comfort the ride has to offer. By joining together both luxury and speed, the Chiron has transformed into a vehicle of unrivaled proportions; be its one of a kind concept or its outstanding ability to be the best in everything all the while leaving out nothing of importance, the Chiron is truly worthy of being the world’s most complete super sports car. Because of how the Chiron is already perfect with excessive power and performance data, the changes needed for the Sports version is minimal, though, the handling has had immense improvement.
As the first manufacturer to develop a carbon fibre windscreen wiper, Bugatti developed the current windscreen wiper arms on the Chiron Sport, which created quite the striking feature. Being the first production car to harbor windscreen wiper arms contrived from carbon fibre, the Chiron Sport has become a perfect example of innovativeness. Additionally, this new feature makes it unnecessary for Bugatti to employ articulated joints that would typically be used on standard wipers. The purpose for such joints are not needed because there is joints already fused inside the carbon fibre of the wiper arms. These carbon fibre wipers are 77 percent (1.4 kg) lighter than their predecessor versions, which is a result of aluminium on the wiper arm tips that were created by a weight-saving 3-D printing process. The Chiron Sport’s carbon fibre windscreen wipers not only enhance the overall look of the car, but also improve the aerodynamic capabilities as well.
The dynamic handling package with stiffer suspension and new Dynamic Torque Vectoring function makes the Chiron Sport far more superior than the standard Chiron version in a contest of speed. A significant modification on the Sport is that it has a weight reduction of 18 kilograms, causing it to be extremely nimble on the road. This package introduces a new control plan for the shock absorbers that perform a complete 10 percent more stiffly than on the standard Chiron. In addition, the steering has been adjusted without omitting its superlative performance.
The car’s rear-axle differential has been upgraded and now includes a Dynamic Torque Vectoring function that distributes torque separately to each of the wheels in order to enhance the Sport’s steering capabilities, such as its behavior and agility. This shows signifiant improvement in efficiency, which is most noticeable when making tight curves, and is practical in every driving mode.
The new “Course” alloy wheel rims and the new exhaust deflector, which cast away the rectangular design used on the Chiron in favor of four round tailpipes, is a very distinguishable feature. In addition, the “Sport” logo is seen on the door sill strips and there is also an insert on the central console with an embellished “Chiron Sport” logo.
The colour trim options include a traditional duo-tone colour pattern for the body of the car. The A-colour at the back of the Chiron Sport is evident by grey carbon while the Italian Red paintwork at the front reflects the B-colour. Furthermore, aside from Italian Red, there is “French Racing Blue”, the silver tone “Gris Rafale” and a dark grey “Gun Powder”.
The Chiron Sport features a mostly black interior, with even the controls of the car in a black anodised finish. The steering wheel and selector level, however, are covered in luxurious suede leather. The interior was styled with just three materials: alcantara was used for the roof liner as well as the A-pillar and sun blinds, the rear wall trim, the sill trims, the lower part of the central console, the insides of the seat side cushions and the boot lining. Smooth leather is applied for the seats, the inside door trims, the armrest, insert of the central console, the airbag container on the steering wheel, and the islands on the dashboard with the instrument cluster trim. The last material used in the interior is the dashboard itself, the door trims, the rears of the backrests and the steering column sheltering made from uncovered carbon fibre.
Deliveries are scheduled to begin at the end of the year with a base price of €2.65 million or $3.26 million in the US market, which also covers transport, customs duties, taxes and fees. However, provided that you include the optional colour trim package, such as the one on show in Geneva, it would reach a price of €2.98 million (US market: $3.672 million), making it presumably one of the most expensive production cars of the year.
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