Bugatti 18/3 Chiron was a concept sports car designed by Fabrizio Giugiaro in 1999. The Chiron was named after and in honor of Bugatti racing driver Louis Chiron. The “18/3” represents the engine’s 18 cylinders distributed into three banks of six cylinders each.
This modified hyper-car picks up where the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 left off.
Exterior of Bugatti Chiron
The essential design elements included the classic horse shoe grille comeback, inset front lights, converging front hood and an exposed intake plenum.
Subtle details of the Bugatti Chiron included 8 spoke wheels wrapped in 20” tires, lighting on both ends of the car, with triple Xenon headlights and stretched turn signals.
Giugiaro devoted considerable time working on airflow management. The small shoehorn radiator wouldn’t provide enough air for the 6-liter engine, so a large aperture needed to be inserted below it. Much of this air was extracted though vents located in front of the front wheels. For the rear brakes, a smaller system was used on the side of the vehicle.
Nowadays, Chiron development has come to the point where it finally received its own body work. And it’s quite obvious the Chiron has a new rear fascia with massive grilles around the taillight section, accompanied by a redesigned diffuser. It has also received the new active rear wing and the engine hood.
Bugatti Chiron Interior
On the inside, the car used to be stripped out, but covered in Blu Pacifico and Sabbia leather, followed by aluminum accents. There was also a removable watch on the passenger side.
It’s still not known whether these features have been retained in the final production model, but we’re absolutely positive about plenty of leather and carbon fiber.
Engine and Specs
The production version will differ from the concept in terms of the engine used.
The new Bugatti Chiron will be powered by a 8.0-liter W-16 engine with direct injection, increased boost pressure, and at least two of its four turbochargers electrically powered. The engine output ranges from 1200 to 1500 hp, and delivers 1106 pound-feet of torque.
The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. The 4-wheel drive system that first appeared in the 1998 EB118 and the 1999 EB218 concept cars, adds torque vectoring.
Expected top speed of Bugatti Chiron is as high as 288 mph (18 mph faster than the Veyron), and the expected acceleration time is 0-60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds. Unlike in recent high-end supercars, rumor has it that in production of the Chiron no hybrid drivetrain will be used.
Price and release date
A recent Piëch-ordered redesign of the door aperture postponed the Chiron on-sale date to 2016. As for the pricing, it should be in range of $2.5 million.
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