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2016 Geneva Motor Show: Supercars, concepts… and cars you can actually afford

March 3rd, 2016

You might think the Volkswagen group would be wise to keep a low profile at the moment, in the wake of the devastating diesel engine emissions scandal that has yet to play out to its conclusion. But no, the news from the Geneva motor show is dominated by VW group in the shape of its new hypercar, the Bugatti Chiron.

The replacement for the remarkable but frankly absurd Veyron is all the more remarkable, not least for managing to get built at all in a time when VW has pledged to restrict itself to essential, core activities. It’s remarkable, too, in that it takes virtually every Veyron metric and bests it.

Bugatti Chiron

The Chiron is (slightly) longer and wider, significantly taller, and about 150kg heavier than the Veyron, despite weight-saving measures including the use of a full carbon composite structure, a carbon intake manifold and engine cover, titanium brake callipers, and a titanium exhaust system.

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1479 horsepower, 261mph, $2.6 million: The new Bugatti Chiron

February 29th, 2016

As we reported late last year, the scandal plaguing Volkswagen over its emissions-cheating hasn’t had negative consequences for the group’s halo brand Bugatti. It was widely expected that the scandal and its possible $40 billion impact on VW Group would result in the cancellation of the replacement for the Bugatti Veyron. Thankfully, its replacement, the Chiron, was unveiled formally to the world Monday in Geneva.

Named after a prewar Monegasque racing driver, Louis Chiron (pronounced shi’ron), the new car will cost about $2.6 million (£1.9 million) before tax. Behind the cockpit is a reworked version of the 8L turbocharged W16 engine (four banks of four cylinders with a single crankshaft), which will propel the all-wheel drive monster to 261mph (420km/h).

But it’s no stripped-out racer—as you might expect for a marque renowned for building the ultimate in four-wheel excess, the interior is a riot of leather and machined aluminum. Expect it to be as easy to drive at regular speeds as the old car, too—it’s said the Veyron was an easy drive even for one’s grandmother as long as she didn’t floor it.

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