Bugatti’s CEO is saying that the Chiron could easily hit 280 mph if they ever really tried to.
It’s starting to sound like Bugatti has a bit of a sore spot for their lack of top speed. The French hypercar maker enjoyed a pretty long heyday with the Veyron claiming a land speed record for production cars at 267 mph, but after that they stepped back from the limelight, vowing to produce cars that can perform more than just in a straight line.
Thus, even though the Chiron shares the same 8.0-L quad-turbo W16 engine and has even more horsepower than the Veyron at 1,479 ponies, it has a top speed limited to just 260 mph. Nobody actually knows how fast the Chiron really is because nobody has ever taken the limiter off to find out.
However, in an interview with CarAdvice at Monterey Car Week, Bugatti CEO told the Australian car site that 280 mph is easily within the Chiron’s wheelhouse.
"I think it could easily go 440 kph or 450 kph, [280 mph] but we've not made the test,” Winkelmann said. “If you do it then it's not something that needs to be done only once, but all the cars need to be built in a certain way."
It seems a little odd for the CEO of Bugatti to complain about speed records needing to be repeatable, but you can guess how many people complained the Bugatti when they purchased their Veyron and weren’t immediately able to push it to 267 mph on an airstrip. With an even larger engine but a limited top speed, each and every one of Bugatti’s millionaire customers can push the Chiron right up to the limiter with ease.
Dissatisfied Veyron owners must have been so numerous that Bugatti went a completely different direction from ever-faster top speeds, and instead invested in making cars faster around a track. The recently unveiled Divo is proof of that, with a top speed limited to a snail-like 236 mph but possessing far greater “lateral acceleration,” Winkelmann said.
"With the Divo we had to make that decision and I think it was the right one. Absolute top speed is not on the agenda at the time being."
But y’know, we could totally get a Chiron over 280 mph. Just saying.