Mega-car

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige -

F From back bk page of com­fort, con­sum­ing 18 cow hides, though its 66L of lug­gage space in the nose fits just one large suit­case.

It may not be what you’d call prac­ti­cal but it’s cer­tainly more us us­able than “su “su­per­cars” at less than ha half its po power and pric price. T The powe pow­ered seats are sup­port­ivesupp in a firm way way, not good for an all-daya stint but OK­forOK for a few h hours. Th The f feel­ingli of f width is ac­cen­tu­ated in­side by a slim cen­tre con­sole, milled from a solid bil­let of alu­minium and hous­ing com­fort and con­ve­nience con­trols. Nes­tled in the sill panel be­side the driver is an­other start key, locked into place. This un­leashes the full 420km/h po­ten­tial. It’s just shy of the world speed record of 431km/h set by the Vey­ron — you can ex­pect a ver­sion of the Ch­i­ron to top that even­tu­ally.

To­day’s de­fault top speed is 380km/h.

My co-driver Andy Wal­lace, win­ner of the 1988 Le Mans 24-Hour and no stranger to high-per­for­mance and high­main­te­nance Jaguar rac­ers, says: “We’re sit­ting in a car with 300kW more (than the Jaguar V12) and it’s as tractable as a Volk­swa­gen Polo and good for 200,000km be­fore a ma­jor ser­vice.”

Bu­gatti lost money on every Vey­ron it made. A flag­wa­ver for its en­gi­neers to show what was pos­si­ble at the ex­treme end of per­for­mance, the Vey­ron even­tu­ally tal­lied 450 sales.

The Ch­i­ron has a dif­fer­ent man­date, to be prof­itable while pre­sent­ing the pin­na­cle of au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing. The pro­duc­tion run will be 500 cars, with 250 pre-sold.

Deliveries, in left-hand drive only, be­gin this month with a start­ing price equal to $3.4 mil­lion. There’s an­other strato­spheric fig­ure.

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