Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is the world’s highest paid athlete and also a massive car nut. And he’s just added the world’s fastest production car, the Bugatti Chiron, to his garage. Ronaldo’s other cars include Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces and of course, the Bugatti Veyron (The Chiron’s predecessor). Here’s his full garage.
Coming to the Chiron, the hypercar is priced at nearly 18 crore rupees, or about 2.8 million US dollars. All 200 Chirons, being produced by Bugatti in the first batch, sold out even before the first delivery. 100 more have been sold since then, and only 500 will be built. The Chiron is produced at Bugatti’s Molsheim factory in France.
The hypercar is powered by a 16 cylinder W16 petrol engine that uses four turbochargers. The motor makes 1,479 Bhp of peak power and 1,600 Nm of peak torque, enough to take it past 420 Kph. In fact, Bugatti’s limited the top speed of this car to 420 Kph for ‘safety reasons’. That should give you a picture of how mad this car really is.
It’s said that the car’s actual top speed is an eye-popping 463 Kph. Talking acceleration, the Chiron will hit 300 Kph from standstill in 13.1 seconds. That’s about three times faster than an everyday hatchback/sedan. It’s not a light car though, tipping scales at nearly 2 tonnes.
Another highlight of the Chiron is the 5-drive mode, consisting of Lift, Auto, Autobahn, Handling and Top Speed. The last mode can only be activated by a special key while the other modes can be toggled through a button on the steering wheel. The car’s all-wheel driven and uses a 7 speed, twin clutch automatic gearbox with the world’s “the largest, highest-performance clutch” fitted on a production car.
It’s said that Bugatti makes a loss on every Chiron is makes and sells. Yet, the Volkswagen group builds the car to exhibit its engineering and design talent at the highest levels. Nobody in India’s bought the Chiron yet. In fact, nobody even owned the Veyron here although Bugatti did a roadshow with the older hypercar. Since 200 cars are still left in Bugatti’s production run, we hope some ourich hypercar fan in India picks one up.