It was only a matter of time before Bugatti got around to releasing a track-inspired version of their ultimate street car, the Chiron. The exotic automaker chose Geneva as the debut location for their Chiron Sport, looking to knock the socks off some of the most jaded automotive designers and enthusiasts in the world.
The Chiron Sport should be considered exhibit A in the case for Geneva mission accomplished. It’s tuned for hairpin performance, and is somewhat lighter than the regular production Chiron.
Some of the differences aren’t profound, but they are interesting. A component of the alternate Chiron’s 40-pound weight relief, for example, is this: windscreen wipers fabricated from carbon fiber. The 40 overall pounds of weight loss may perhaps be read as token, but that’s a first for the industry.
In chassis, however, the Sport shines more brightly than its progenitor. Essentially, this Chiron is intended to look and act more driverly. And it acts the part through a couple of notable advances over the standard Chiron. An enhanced torque vectoring system designed for improved cornering ability alternates wheel-to-wheel power on the AWD car, tightening up turn entry and exit. The suspension and steering have been tuned more acutely, too, for better road-feel and reaction time; this Chiron is going to feel stiffer, but the connection between driver and car will be more pronounced.
As far as looking the part, well, the ‘Sport’ appellation is displayed prominently, and custom cosmetics such as those displayed in the Geneva example may be employed to further the image.
The engine remains the same 1,500 HP, quad-turbo W16. That’ll continue to suffice for now.