The 2018 Bugatti Chiron: What the critics say
The Wall Street Journal
Pushing past 185 mph in Bugatti’s new hypercar, you will experience a moment of mild vertigo and “panicky” laughter—then realize you are only traveling at a mere two-thirds of the Chiron’s maximum speed. Yes, the world has produced, at a price of $3 million per unit, “another useless road catapult for ultrarich idiots.” But think of the engineering that’s been poured into this knee-weakening, 1,500-hp machine. Bugatti was founded to create the world’s fastest road car, and each time it raises the bar, it’s a “goddamn glorious” feat.
Up through 235 mph, the Chiron’s 16- cylinder engine barely breaks a sweat. Going faster requires Top Speed mode, which the driver activates using a second key. Though Bugatti hasn’t disclosed the car’s official maximum speed, the Chiron can probably exceed 285_mph, easily outracing its record-holding predecessor, the Veyron. And what’s really remarkable is that the Chiron is also a pleasure on urban errands, as “docile and calm and comfortable” as a soccer mom’s_Honda.
Road & Track
The interior is also so luxe that “it makes a Bentley feel as bespoke as a can of Coke.” Any car with a big-enough engine can go fast. “But to make it the fastest car in the world, and at the same time as easy to drive as a Civic, with an audio system that’s almost better than being in the studio with the band, that takes some doing.” ■