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The Bugatti Chiron Is the World's First Production Sports Car With 1,500 Horsepower

Equal parts beauty and beast
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Image via: Bugatti

Image via: Bugatti

Bugatti has taken the wraps off the Chiron, billed as the world's most powerful, fast and luxurious production sports car. Those are a lot of superlatives, but keep reading and you'll see that they're all earned. The successor to the legendary Veyron, the Bugatti Chiron packs an 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine, generating 1,478 HP and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive channels that power through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Here's where it gets frightening: top speed is limited to 261 miles per hour, and a 0-62 mph sprint time is rated at less than 2.5 seconds. 0-124 mph is achieved in less than 6.5 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 13.5 seconds -- three seconds quicker than the Veyron. Speaking of which, the Chiron is ludicrously 340 pounds heavier than the Veyron, weighing in at a hefty 4,400 pounds. It's also three inches longer than the Veyron, two inches taller, and an inch and a half wider.

In terms of design language, the Chiron is equal parts beauty and beast. In addition to a horseshoe grille, topped by an enamel Bugatti badge, there's a front splitter and thin LED lights that double as intakes to redirect air to the front brakes. There's also a semicircular set of front wings and a large central fin, extending from the hood to the roof and onto the tail, providing lateral stability at high speed. The luxurious interior packs leather, carbon fiber, and brushed aluminum, with an airbag that deploys through a carbon fiber housing.

Only 500 Chirons will be produced, and Bugatti reports that 150 have already been sold for $2.6 million apiece.