Bugatti Builds the Final Chiron: What Comes Next?

© Bugatti AutomobilesThe Next Phase
In 2015, Bugatti announced the end of one of the most extreme sports cars ever to be built – the Veyron. At the time, it was hard to fathom how the French car company could top the outgoing 1,200-horsepower Veyron. But in 2016, at the Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti took the wraps of its next super sports car, the Chiron, and it was a worthy successor. Only 500 copies were to be built, and now number five hundred has been produced – the L’Ultime. One can’t help but wonder what will come next.

© Bugatti AutomobilesBeginning of the Chiron
When the Chiron was introduced in 2016, it boasted a newly developed 8-liter quad-turbo W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and an insane 1180 lb-ft of torque. With all that power being sent to the road via a sophisticated all-wheel drive system, the Chiron could reach 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the Chiron would continue to 124 mph in about 6.5 seconds, eventually reaching a max speed that was “limited for road use” of 261 mph!

© Bugatti AutomobilesNot Just Fast
More than just a straight-line rocket, the Chiron could also go around corners. According to Bugatti, it could achieve 1.5 g in lateral acceleration, and the massive carbon-ceramic brakes could bring the sports car to a halt from 62 mph in about 100 feet.

© Mike Meredith, Automotive Content ExperienceMultiple Versions
While only 500 Chirons were built, a number of special editions have been built over the last eight years. These included the Sport 110 Ans, Pur Sport, Super Sport, and Super Sport 300+. Bugatti also built some One-Offs and Few-Offs for special customers.

© BugattiDivo
Total Production: 40 Vehicles
Price: €5 million (US$6.1 million)
Named for the French racing driver and two-time Targa Florio winner Albert Divo, the Divo was developed to be more agile than the Chiron and optimized for exceptional handling on winding roads or the track. With styling slightly different from the Chiron, the Divo features vertical front lights with daytime running lights on the outer edges, giving it an appearance of greater width. The horizontal split into a lower carbon and an upper matte silver section also makes the Divo look lower and wider. The Divo was lighter with improved suspension, brakes, and downforce, making it the best handling version of the Chiron.

© Rod Hatfield, Automotive Content ExperienceCentodieci
Total Production: 10 vehicles
Price: €8 million (US$9.8 million)
This Few Off Bugatti was introduced at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Celebrating the brand’s 110th anniversary, Bugatti unveiled the exclusive Centodieci — a car designed as a tribute to a previous Bugatti supercar, the EB110. While the Centodieci is based on the Chiron, designers, and engineers had significant hurdles to overcome beyond simply swapping out Chiron body panels to create the Centodieci. The Chiron’s complex design incorporates bodywork as an integral part of the car’s aerodynamics and cooling, as well as its high speed.

© BugattiLa Voiture Noire
Total Production: 1 Vehicle
Price: €11 million (US$13.4 million)
The first look at this handcrafted, one-off piece of mobile art came at its debut on the opening day of the 2019 Geneva Motor Show press preview. La Voiture Noire is a stunning, sleek, grand touring coupe with sculpted bodywork in black carbon fiber produced for a single Bugatti customer. This modern sports car pays tribute to the brand-defining Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic.

© BugattiBreaking 300 MPH
When Bugatti first introduced the Chiron, it was anticipated that the car would be able to break 300 mph; however, the production model had been electronically limited to a “mere” 261 mph. In August 2019, a pre-production Chiron with a unique body design broke the magical 300-mph mark, recording a top speed of 304.773 mph (490.484 km/h). Bugatti test driver and Le Mans winner Andy Wallace was at the helm during the high-speed run, which took place at the Volkswagen Group test track at Ehra-Lessien in Lower Saxony, Germany.

© BugattiChiron Super Sport 300+
To commemorate this high-speed achievement, Bugatti created a limited number of Chiron Super Sport 300+ models that mimicked the style of the record-setting model, including exposed Jet Black carbon fiber with Jet Orange racing stripes. This special Chiron also received a power boost, putting out 1,600 horsepower. However, in the interest of safety, speed was limited to “just” 273 mph.

© Bugatti AutomobilesChiron L’Ultime
A few months ago, the five hundredth Chiron was hand-assembled in Molsheim, France, just as all the previous versions had been. This final Chiron is a Super Sport dubbed L’Ulitme, a perfect way to end an incredible run of an astonishing vehicle. “The Bugatti brand is built not only on pure performance but on absolute craftsmanship, sophistication, and elegance, forming the very pinnacle of the automotive sphere,” said Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles. “This very special Super Sport – the final masterpiece in the era-defining Chiron family – embodies those values, sublimely connecting such incomparable core attributes with ease and purpose.”

© Bugatti AutomobilesStunning Looks
The Chiron L’Ultime features the same Atlantic Blue and French Racing Blue colors that adorned the first Chiron when it debuted in Geneva, but designers provided a new take on the color scheme. The colors now blend seamlessly together, fading from dark in front to light in the rear. All the places that were significant in the life of the Chiron are hand-scripted on the side of the vehicle. The #500 written ahead of the rear wheel completes the look.

© Bugatti AutomobilesLooking Back
“With this bespoke work of art, we have retraced the Chiron’s majestic eight-year journey with unforgettable moments that have taken place throughout the world, creating legions of fans for the Chiron, not to mention its countless industry-first breakthroughs and unique world-first achievements,” said Piochon. “This 500th and final Chiron model is a fitting farewell that captures a defining legacy that will forever be etched in automotive history and paves the way to a bright new chapter.”

© BugattiWhat’s Next?
Details regarding the next hypercar from Bugatti are still scarce, but we do know it will have an electrified platform as well as an all-new V16 engine. With a completely new design inspired by legendary Bugattis like the Type 57 SC Atlantic, the Type 41 Royale, and the Type 35, this new sports car will be pure Bugatti. The new model will debut on June 20, so stay tuned.

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