Earlier this year at the Geneva International Motor Show, in stand 1159, Bugatti unveiled the Chiron. It’s supposed to be the successor of the extremely quick, madly luxurious and equally eye-wateringly expensive Veyron. The power is pumped up to 1500hp from the old Veyrons 1001hp thanks to a new quartette of turbochargers clamped to the huge 8-liter sixteen cylinder engine and that helps to propel the car to an electronically limited top speed of 420km/h. To add lightness, the body is made completely of carbon fibre and the exhaust system is made of titanium. The boffins at Bugatti surely didn’t spare any effort to make this car. This reflects the cars price at €2,4million. Yes, that’s euros. It sure looks stunning and you can see the influences from the old Bugattis from the 30-s in the design and I think it looks a lot better than the old veyron, which I never really liked.
The thing is, I’m actually a bit disappointed. In a way, putting huge engines with a stupidly high top speed feels a bit old. When the Bugatti Veyron came out, the world was different. Back then it was a technological masterpiece that shocked everyone. Today, everyone is trying to make efficient engines together with hybrid systems. Bugatti is supposed to be at the absolute top of the technological food chain. Imagine if it would have the same power and top speed with a smaller engine, lower weight and a hybrid system. This year the Koenigsegg Regera catched my interest with its innovative hybrid system and revolutionary gearbox. This is what the Mega-hyper cars should be all about. To be the most technologically advanced vehicles on the road. The car is probably more comfortable than my Hästens-bed, more luxorious than the First-class suites of the Ocean liners during the Golden age of cruising. But the initial thought is that it was made for a world that does not exist anymore. I guess I have to try it.