Bugatti has a mad habit of making the fastest cars in the world even faster. Even madder is the fact that the company appends the word “Sport” to these cars, as if the original versions weren’t sporty enough. They did this to the EB 110 SS (Super Sport) in 1992 and the Veyron Super Sport in 2010. And this year, the Chiron gets the “sport” treatment.
Bugatti’s pursuit of greater performance in the Chiron Sport has a different approach. While the EB 110 SS and the Veyron Super Sport aimed for the highest top speed, the Chiron Sport’s purpose in life is to improve handling and greater agility on the track. Power from the quad-turbo W16 engine remains the same as in the standard Chiron: 1,479hp. And that’s where the similarities end.
The Chiron Sport gets an enhanced dynamic handling package consisting of stiffer shock absorbers and a modified steering system. These new settings take effect when the car’s Handling mode is accessed. In addition, the rear axle differential now features dynamic torque vectoring that improves the vehicle’s agility and steering behavior by distributing torque individually to the wheels on each side.
New lightweight parts and the increased use of carbon fiber combine to reduce the vehicle’s weight by 18kg compared to the standard model. The rear glass and the exhaust deflector also make use of lighter materials. Worth noting is the Chiron Sport’s carbon-fiber windshield wiper, an industry first. While normal wiper arms have articulated joints, the function of these joints has now been integrated into the new wiper arm’s carbon-fiber structure. Saving even more weight is the use of aluminum for the wiper arm tips, formed by a revolutionary 3D printing process. The entire wiper assembly now weighs 77% or 1.4kg less than conventional ones. Every kilogram, no matter how small, does make a difference. Bugatti claims that lap times are five seconds faster than the standard Chiron around the Nardo test circuit.
On the outside, the Chiron Sport gets new “Course” alloy wheels and has four round tailpipes to distinguish it from the standard Chiron. The interior gets touches of anodized black, and several trim pieces have “Sport” written on them, telling the driver that he’s inside something very special. And for the discerning driver, Bugatti offers several packages consisting of different color and trim options. The classic two-tone look pairs gray carbon with red, blue, silver or dark gray. The number ‘16’ is painted on the radiator grille, reminding everyone of the number of cylinders that hide inside the sleek body. The black interior is complemented by lashings of suede leather, Alcantara and exposed carbon fiber.
Initial deliveries for the Chiron Sport are planned for the latter part of this year. If you have a spare $3,260,000 (P170,000,000) in your bank account, then it’s probably not a bad way to spend on a car that reportedly has a limited top speed of 420km/h. Unless, of course, Bugatti builds a faster Super Sport version.