Aspiring to continue to push the automotive envelope, Bugatti’s engineers were keenly looking to the future and began working on the Veyron 16.4’s successor soon after the Veyron itself entered production. It was a given that the Veyron’s successor would be faster and more technologically advanced than its predecessor—but Bugatti’s engineers would rise to the occasion in spectacular fashion, and the Chiron upped the ante in every regard. Named after the famed Monégasque racing driver Louis Chiron, it was introduced to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 2016.
The new Bugatti Chiron shared many of its predecessor’s features, carrying over the prior model’s all-wheel drive, rear-mid-engine architecture, its approximate coachwork dimensions, and most importantly, the aluminum alloy 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine. The drivetrain was even further developed from the outgoing Veyron Super Sport, with larger two-stage turbochargers, larger catalytic converters, and a new titanium exhaust system combining to produce an incredible 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque.
Of course, the Chiron’s improved design brief went far beyond gratuitous additional output. Utilizing an improved carbon fiber monocoque built to LMP1 standards, new adaptive chassis technologies, purpose-developed tires, and monstrous Formula 1-specification brakes (that can bring the car from 249 mph to zero in under 10 seconds), the Chiron could reach 60 mph from standstill in just 2.4 seconds on the way to an electronically limited top speed of 261 mph.
In addition to refined performance, the Chiron was bequeathed with unequivocal rarity when it was earmarked for a production limit of just 500 examples in all variants, endowing each car with a cachet of instant collectability.
A MECHANICAL SCULPTURE IN NOCTURNE
As with every modern Bugatti, each Chiron benefits from a bespoke combination of colors and features, further distinguishing individual examples of the already rarified model. This exquisite 2019 Chiron is no exception.
Delivered new via Bugatti Troy of Troy, Michigan, this Bugatti’s exterior was specified in Nocturne, with the marque’s instantly recognizable “horseshoe” grille surround finished in Spirit Blue. This accent color is carried over to the sculptural “signature line” that sweeps upward from the Chiron’s A-pillar, follows the curve of the roofline, and then plunges downward behind the doors toward the rocker panels. The Classique wheels and rear light are further painted Nocturne with the brake calipers and exhaust deflector finished in Black, completing an exterior color scheme that is simultaneously understated, menacing, and unquestionably elegant.
The well-chosen exterior look is mirrored by the interior, with Beluga Black leather and Alcantara enhanced by the addition of Spirit Blue stitching on the quilted seats and steering wheel. Befitting a car of this caliber, the cabin is purposeful and driver-focused while also being richly detailed; fine materials, jewellike switchgear, and exceptional craftsmanship are visible wherever the eye falls. Such quality came at quite a cost, and with all options taken into account, this Chiron boasted an MSRP of $3,058,500.
Since its delivery, this 2019 Chiron has accrued a modest 9,120 miles from new at the time of cataloguing. Accompanying 2020 service invoices from Bugatti Beverley Hills document the routine care it received during its time on the West Coast; following its acquisition by the consignor, it has been serviced by Bugatti Chicago. Bugatti Chicago invoice copies dated December 2021 and 2022 outline annual maintenance visits, with the most recent invoice noting over $30,000 in line items and labor to ensure optimal performance. In addition to its limited mileage, this Bugatti is accompanied now by a suite of delivery items, including owner’s manual, speed and valet keys, model-specific USB drives, and accessories including a car cover in a branded tote and an aluminum chest—all contributing the Chiron’s nearly new presentation.
With such a limited production volume and a waiting list of committed buyers, the availability of any Bugatti Chiron is not to be taken for granted. This breathtaking, modestly driven example offers admittance to an exclusive club of ownership, promising the visceral thrill of high-speed performance accompanied by the chorus of the model’s legendary turbo symphony. It is, without exaggeration, one of the undeniable triumphs of modern automotive engineering and design, sure to capture the imagination of any marque enthusiast or supercar aficionado.
This vehicle will be offered at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale, taking place 4 March 2023. View all lots and register to bid online at rmsothebys.com.