The $US3 million Bugatti Chiron just set a new 0-400km/h speed record

Bugatti ChironBugattiThe Bugatti Chiron

We all know the Bugatti Chiron is capable of some truly incredible performance.

Business Insider recently had the chance to drive to a Chiron and can confirm that a 0-190km/h run for the Bugatti is about as effortless as a jog over to McDonald’s for some McNuggets would be for Usain Bolt. Needless to say, there are a few more gears left to explore.

On Monday, Bugatti once again demonstrated the awesome capabilities of its newest car with a record setting run that saw the Chiron accelerate from a standstill to 400km/h and then come to a stop in just 41.96 seconds.

In the process, the Chiron became the fastest production vehicle to ever complete this type of run.

“Bugatti is the first car brand that not only calculates how fast a car can go from zero to 400 to zero on a computer. We actually drove it,” Bugatti Automobiles president Wolfgang Dürheimer said in a statement. “Where others are satisfied with theory, we validate our data with real-life values. Just like we did with the Chiron.”

Bugatti conducted the test in August with former Formula One, IndyCar, and NASCAR star Juan Pablo Montoya at the controls of the $US3 million, 1,500 horsepower beast. (Our Chiron test car had about $US500,000 worth of options which pushed the price up to $US3.5 million.)

According to Bugatti, Montoya needed just 32.6 seconds and a little over 2.6km to get the Chiron up to 400km/h. Another 9.3 seconds and 500m later, the Bugatti was back at a standstill. In total, the Chiron’s 0-400-0 run required just a tad over 3400m feet of real estate.

The Bugatti Chiron is powered by an 8.0 litre, 1,500 horsepower quad-turbo W-16 engine hooked up to a seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox and all-wheel-drive.


The Chiron has an electronically limited top speed of 416km/h. Bugatti hasn't yet unleashed the car on the outright speed record of 429km/h that's currently held by its predecessor, the Veyron Super Sports. But that will likely change at some point.


According to the company, Bugatti and Montoya wanted to make the record-setting run under real world conditions. Hence the jeans.


Apart from the timing equipment, the Chiron used for the test looks to be virtually stock.


The Chiron's innovative two-stage turbocharging system virtually eliminates turbo lag and deliver peak torque across a wide portion of its power band.


According to Bugatti, the force generated by the Chiron's braking system while stopping from 400km/h is similar to those experienced during the launch of the space shuttle.


According to Dürheimer (right), 300 of the 500 Chirons Bugatti plans to build over the next 10 years have already been sold.


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