2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport: Sweet excess
The 2018 Bugatti Chiron Sport bowed at Geneva with no bump in performance from its 1,500-horsepower quad turbo 16-cylinder engine, but promises sharper handling and a tiny weight reduction to give this ultimate supercar a bit more edge.
“We have developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even sportier driving experience with their Chiron, with improved lateral dynamics on winding roads,” says Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. “What was important for us was to leave unchanged the unique character of the Chiron, its combination of ultimate performance, longitudinal acceleration and maximum speed with luxury, comfort and everyday usability.”
The key to the Chiron Sport is a new handling package that includes a tauter suspension, which includes 10-percent stiffer response from the adaptive shock absorbers. Steering has been recalibrated, while the rear differential has been tweaked to distribute torque individually to the rear wheels. While torque vectoring is constant, the changes to the steering and shock response only occurs when the car is in the Handling mode.
The Bugatti Chiron Sport is also about 40 pounds lighter than the standard model. One of the steps touted by Bugatti is the use of the industry’s first carbon fiber windshield wipers. More high strength steel, lighter rear window glass and carbon fiber in the stabilizer bars and engine cover also contribute to the weight loss. All these changes, according to Bugatti, makes the Chiron nimbler and quicker on a tight road course. On the handling course of the Nardò test circuit, Bugatti developers recorded a lap time five seconds faster than the base Chiron model.
Bugatti plans to deliver the first of the Chiron Sport models by the end of the year. The cost? A cool $3.26 million each.