You would be grinning like this too if you were sat inside a speeding Bugatti Chiron.
If the Bugatti Veyron is known for one thing, it’s speed. This was a car with performance that was way ahead of its time – Jeremy Clarkson even described it as the Concorde of its day. Now, the Veyron’s legacy will live on with the . Turns out not even ’s Jethro Bovingdon could prepare himself for the awesome acceleration of the Veyron’s mighty successor.
After reminding us why the 1,200-hp Bugatti Veyron Super Sport isn’t just a ‘numbers car,’ ’s Editor-at-Large Jethro Bovingdon found himself riding shotgun with Bugatti’s Test Driver Loris Bicocchi, who took him for a brief spin in the Chiron. Not that we envy him, or anything.
Truth be told, the Chiron doesn’t get the full workout we were hoping for on a racetrack. Instead, it's taken for a quick test drive on a road near Bugatti’s headquarters in France. But even that is enough to give you an idea of the mind-bending acceleration the Chiron is capable of, as Bovingdon is forced back into his seat. You can’t blame him for grinning like a child the entire time. It’s not surprising, given that the rapid acceleration generated from the Chiron’s 8.0-liter, W16 quad-turbocharged engine will make it rocket from 0-62 mph in under 2.6 seconds. It’s capable of , but Bugatti has limited it to 261 mph.
And yet despite such potent power, the Chiron can morph into a relaxing long-distance cruiser by switching modes and softening the dampers. Does this convince you that the Bugatti will once again redefine the hypercar as we know it?