After years of rumours, guessing games and a sea of estimated performance figures, the Bugatti Chiron has arrived.
The new model steps into the wheel-tracks of the Bugatti Veyron - with no easy road ahead in attempting to better a car that is a stratospheric classic.
But the Chiron has started off on the right foot (or wheel); slung behind the cockpit is the 8.0 litre W16 petrol engine out of the Veyron but with power boosted to an incontinence-inducing 1500 BHP (1119kW) and 1600Nm.
Combined with four turbochargers and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic - which boasts the “largest, high-performance” clutch ever fitted to a passenger car - and the Chiron can hit 100km/h from rest in less than 2.5 seconds.
Top speed? Bugatti has set the bar at 420km/h, and has already declared that its hypercar will attempt a new speed record. The speedometer reads all the way to 500km/h to ensure the moment isn’t missed.
And when you’ve had enough of seeing the greenery whiz past the glasswork, eight-piston callipers at the front and six-piston at the rear will bring you to a halt.
While it may look a lot like the Veyron, Bugatti says much of the underlying structure is new, including a new carbon-fibre rear section.
There’s also a new adaptive chassis, which allows the driver to choose from five settings, and the exterior is finished with LED headlights and a new tyre design from Michelin.
Inside, there’s WiFi connectivity, push-button start, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and lashings of leather and carbon-fibre that one might expect from a car of this calibre.
Of course all of those performance numbers come at a cost, and the price is the number that dwarfs all of the others: US$2.6 million (AU$3.64 million).
An initial production run of 500 examples is planned, of which Bugatti says around 170 are already sold.
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