Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
The Bugatti Veyron was launched twelve years ago. That's a little surprising, isn't it? VW's vast slab of opulent horsepower has become such a symbol of hypercar excess that we hadn't really noticed it becoming a little long in the tooth. Time, then, for a replacement...
At first glance, the new Chiron appears to be a case of evolution rather than revolution, but the still waters of this car run very deep indeed. It carries over the Veyron's 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 motor, but in heavily revised form that offers 1,479bhp. Which is rather a lot, frankly. And its 1,180lb.ft of torque is enough to ensure that the tarmac behind its wheels will always be rucked up like an old hallway rug. It'll do 0-62mph in 2.5s, 0-124mph in 6.5s, and 0-186mph in 13.6s, going on to a top speed that's governed to 261mph for safety reasons (i.e. that your face might actually come free from its moorings and splatter against the rear bulkhead). It'll hit 288mph if you trick the limiter. That's the world we're living in.
Spotted at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed - more photos here.