2018 Bugatti Chiron Top Speed

When it was launched in the early 2000s, the Veyron became the fastest production car ever made and it managed to keep that title throughout its production run. Because of how good it was and how impressive the sheer numbers where, it became clear that building a successor for it would become a really hard task but it seems that somehow they did it and the proof for that is the 2018 Bugatti Chiron, a car which manages to obliterate the limits between planes and cars. It is faster, more powerful and a lot more aggressive than the Veyron and while it may look very similar at first, the car is vastly different and it doesn’t really have anything in common with its predecessor.

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2018 Bugatti Chiron Price and Review

The new 2018 Bugatti Chiron is now built on an entirely new carbon fiber tub with a honeycomb floor which increased the torsional rigidity of the car to the same levels of those of a Le Mans racer. On top of that, it is longer, wider and taller than the Veyron and its dry weight is now 4,400 pounds, 300 more than that of the Veyron. While this might be bad for a normal supercar, the Chiron is not exactly normal as it offers the most powerful engine installed in a production car and at a price of more than $2,6 million, it is also one of the more expensive cars out there. You would expect it at this price to take some time to sell but VW already sold more than 200 units from the 500 they are going to make and it seems that the rest of the cars are likely going to be special editions like the Super Sport or even the Grand Vitesse.

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Deliveries will start by the end of 2016 when the 2018 Bugatti Chiron’s performance will likely be showcased to the general public. Until then though, Bugatti says that the car will hit 62 MPH in under 2.5 seconds, 124 MPH in just under 6.5 seconds and 186 MPH in roughly 13.2 seconds, nearly 3 seconds faster than the previous Veyron. This is mighty impressive and mostly possible thanks to its large 8 liters quad-turbocharged W16 engine which now makes a jaw-dropping 1479 horsepower and 1180 lb-ft of torque which are all routed to an all wheel drive system controlled by computers. The transmission is the same 7-speed Ricardo-built automatic but this time around the gear changing times have been improved and the gearbox is quite a bit stronger than before.

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Top Speed

Also, in order to allow the Chiron to hit its top speed safely, it features an improved cooling system, a titanium exhaust with six catalytic converters in order to be able to meet all the emission regulations. So far Bugatti said that its top speed is 261 MPH but just as with the Veyron, the top speed is limited due to the restrictions imposed by its tires. When it will be launched we are pretty sure that the Chiron will be able to obliterate the record set by the Veyron at 268 MPH, quite a bit more than any of its competitors.

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In order to allow the car to hit that top speed, the 2018 Bugatti Chiron is equipped with one of the most impressive active aerodynamic systems out there and just like its predecessor, it can only hit its top speed when the “Speed key” is inserted into a special slot when the car is turned off. If the process is not done then it will only be able to hit 231 MPH due to the fact the large rear spoiler will be deployed at all times and because of that, the drag coefficient is 0.39, 0.04 more than in “Speed” mode.

More info: Wikipeia.org

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