Bugatti has unveiled a brand new version of the Chiron: the Chiron Sport.
If there’s one thing people wanted from French automaker Bugatti it was more sport. What “sport” means seems to vary by manufacturer, but to Bugatti, it seemed to mean better handling. Bugattis were always extremely fast in a straight line but suffered in comparison to other hypercars as soon as there was a curve in the road.
In that sense, Bugatti is sort of a ludicrously expensive European muscle car maker.
Well, that’s set to change with the introduction of the Bugatti Sport, unveiled today in Geneva. The Sport version is just like the regular Chiron but "has the same power output and performance data, significantly improved handling and even greater agility."
The Sport has the same 8.0-L W16 quad-turbo engine we’ve all come to know and love but manages to achieve better handling in several ways. First, lightness. The car uses even more carbon fiber than the original, replacing the windshield wipers, stabilizer, and intercooler cover with carbon fiber versions. The wipers are actually an industry first for a production car, according to Bugatti.
The rear windshield is also lighter, along with a redesigned and lighter exhaust deflector. All these changes combined add up to 18 kg shaved off the original 2000 kg car (that’s about 40 lbs).
Next, a more tuned and stiffer suspension combined with new Dynamic Torque Vectoring function kick maneuverability into high gear. The Dynamic Torque Vectoring electronically sends power to each wheel individually to ensure each tire only turns as fast as the car’s maneuvering demands.
Combined with the earlier weight savings, Bugatti says this dramatically improves lateral dynamics.
“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.”
Everyday usability might be a little hindered by the $3.26 million price tag. On the plus side, deliveries start at the end of this year, so bust out that piggy bank and buy the best Bugatti ever made.