Coupe will attempt to take down the top speed record for a production car in 2018
In a rather surprising announcement, Bugatti’s marketing boss Dr. Stefan Brungs has told Autocar there aren’t any plans to chop off the roof of the Chiron. The reveal was made earlier this week during the inauguration of Bugatti’s fancy dealership in the Berkley Square area of Mayfair in London. While the Veyron received Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse targa-topped models, that won’t be the case with its successor, since Brungs clearly specified the Chiron will not serve as a foundation for a convertible or a roadster.
However, he did mention Bugatti is analyzing the prospects of coming out with different types of derivatives for the Chiron, but for the moment they’re focusing on selling all of the 500 coupes planned for production. So far, 15 of them are heading to United Kingdom to high-end customers that have agreed to pay at least the hefty £1.9 million (approx. $3.3 million CAD) starting price. On top of that, U.K. buyers are adding on average more than £250,000 (approx. $433,000 CAD) worth of optional kit, because obviously a standard Chiron is not impressive enough.
Brungs also told Autocar that Bugatti indeed has plans to break the world speed record for a production car in 2018. He didn’t go into any details, but most likely the attempt will take place at the same 13-mile Ehra-Lessien facility where the Veyron Super Sport hit 431 kilometres per hour (268 miles per hour) back in July 2010 in the hands of Pierre-Henri Raphanel. To be fair, that one was an unrestricted version of the Veyron Super Sport, whereas the World Record Edition (WRE) sold to just five customers was electronically-capped at 415 km/h (258 mph) to protect the tires.