There’s no car you can compare to the Chiron. The Koenigsegg Agera R is the world’s fastest car; be that unofficially, and the Hennessey Venom F5 may claim a top speed of over 300MPH. Neither of these cars can perform like the Chiron with the luxuries it provides. Bugatti haven’t yet tested the top speed of their flag ship model, when they do however, it’s expected to reach in excess of 300MPH.
The combination of civility and savagery in this car is mesmerising. The Veyron was criticised for being too focused on the all-important top speed, ultimately, it wasn’t made to be a good car, it was built purely to see if it could be done. The Chiron is a different kettle of fish all together, you feel the connection with the car through the steering as soon as you start to drive, obviously it isn’t going to be as reckless as a Lamborghini or a Ferrari, a tail happy car with the capability of hitting 300MPH would be irresponsible to say the least.
This doesn’t mean the car is boring however, the car is consistently planted yet agile, which gives you the confidence to fly into corners that would normally throw you out in a normal supercar. The steering is incredibly well judged letting you dart through bends with the car; which is always a confidence booster and makes it feel smaller than it is.
Describing the cars acceleration doesn’t do it justice, you don’t accelerate, you teleport. A jab on the throttle pins you back and a foot to the floor results in you flying to where you were looking at way, way down the straight. There’s nothing that accelerates like this, the torque is never ending, after the briefest breath to power the turbos, you’re thrown continuously towards the rev limiter; it’s an animal.
With most supercars, if it has performance like this, it’d be a nightmare on the road. That’s not the case with the Chiron though. When you want to relax and cruise along, the Bugatti is more than happy to comply. When you look at the Venom GT or other cars focused on performance, they’re stripped out buckets with a huge turbocharged lump in the front. The Bugatti however offers a sense of luxury to the dark side. It’s very much Jekyll and Hyde. It’s more than happy to sit politely when cruising, but press that accelerator for more than a millisecond and you’ll be catapulted into a different dimension before you can lift your foot; it’s the ultimate car.
“The Chiron has to be one of the biggest technical accomplishments in the automotive world, the Veyron was impressive, but combining all that speed and more with the refinement found inside the Chiron and you’ll think this came from another planet!” Roger Hevesey, Southern Commercial Sales.