During the 86th edition of the Swiss show the French automaker under German patronage has presented the successor to the world’s fastest production car in the – the Veyron is dead, long live the Chiron.
The automaker has officially taken the wraps off the model that was the gossip of the automotive world for months on end – and the model unleashed in front of the public was for sure worth the wait. It has been previewed last year through the Vision GranTurismo Concept and comes as the much anticipated successor to the Veyron – and while people might think the record holder car is almost impossible to better a quick look on the specs sheet will reveal the truth to be otherwise. The design is certainly evolutionary – owners of the Veyron might even feel uncompelled to upgrade – but the truth is under the metal everything is new. Let’s start with the obvious – there’s now a full carbon fiber construction. Wolfgang Dürheimer, the marque’s chief also says the Chiron is an all new vehicle since very few components from the Veyron are actually reused.
The most impressive part will for sure be the reworked W16 8.0-liter engine that has four turbochargers and now puts out a mind-boggling 1,500 PS (1,103 kW / 1,479 hp) at 6,700 rpm and 1,181 lb-ft (1,600 Nm) of torque between 2,000 – 6,000 rpm. There’s also a modified seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission working with an all-wheel drive system. The specs are granting the model a 62 miles (100 kilometers) per hour sprint of just 2.5 seconds, with 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) handled in less than 6.5 seconds and 0 to 186 mph (300 km/h) in under 13.6 seconds. The top speed has been electronically limited to 261 mph (420 km/h), making it a tad quicker than the Veyron.
The Chiron is now also 82 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 53 mm higher than the predecessor but more importantly it tips the scales at a hefty 4,398 pounds (1,995 kilograms) – which is 341 pounds (155 kilograms) more than the Veyron. By the way, if anyone cares, the new dimensions have provided with a little extra space inside the cabin which now has 12 mm of additional headroom. The production will be capped at 500 units, 150 of them already spoken for, with pricing starting from 2.4 million euros and deliveries coming out in October.