Three helicopters and 7.4 shots - find out the more surprising numbers involved with the world's fastest production car
30 March 2017

You’ve heard of the Bugatti Chiron's headline 1479bhp figure, but these are the more surprising numbers behind the new hypercar.

185bhp per litre

The Bugatti Chiron’s quad-turbocharged W16 engine produces 185bhp per litre. With eight litres in total the final figure stands at 1479bhp. That’s 492bhp more than the Veyron.

591lb ft per tonne

The 1995kg Chiron has 1179lb ft of torque in total, or 591lb ft per tonne on offer. That dwarfs the output of even the Ferrari 488 GTB, which can only squeeze a relatively measly 211lb ft per tonne out of its twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V8.


Despite its near two-tonne weight, the Chiron can accelerate from 0-62mph in less than 2.5sec. 


The all-wheel drive monster can then surge past 124mph just 4.0sec later before surpassing 186mph in less than 13.6sec – which is 0.1sec less than it takes a Nissan Note to reach 62mph.


The Chiron has a top speed of 261mph, which is 7mph faster than the Veyron’s terminal velocity and 11mph faster than the take-off speed of the Concorde.

7.4 shots

The Chiron can drink 7.4 single shot glasses of petrol per second. For those who prefer the overall figure, that means it can empty its 100-litre tank in nine minutes when driving flat out.


If you’re looking for a fuel-sipping environmentally friendly car, you’ve come to exactly the wrong place. Official CO2 emissions are measured at a whopping 516g/km and claimed fuel economy is just 12.5mpg.


Each gramme of rubber in the Chiron’s tyres can withstand a centrifugal force of 3800g, which is more than the tyres of a Formula 1 car can manage.


New turbochargers in the Chiron are operated in a two-stage process; during step off just two function initially, with the remaining two joining in to boost performance when the engine speed rises above 3800rpm.

Three helicopters

The average Bugatti Chiron owner also has 64 other cars, three helicopters, three jets and a yacht. They drive their Chiron an average of 1550 miles a year.

30 prototypes

In the development process, 310,500 miles were racked up in 30 test cars to hone the Chiron.

Our Verdict

Bugatti Chiron

Bugatti originally brought us the Veyron and now has masterminded a 1487bhp, £2.5m masterpiece that's set to become the world's fastest production car

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30 March 2017

30 March 2017
who has three jets who doesn't own an airline?

31 March 2017
Bullfinch wrote:

who has three jets who doesn't own an airline?

Capitalist thieves?

31 March 2017
Jaw-dropping numbers.
And what a stunningly beautiful car.

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