Bugatti has taken the wraps off its new Chiron Sport at the Geneva International Motor Show, “significantly” improving the handling and adding “even greater agility” to the hypercar.
The Volkswagen Group brand says it developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even sportier driving experience, with improved lateral dynamics on winding roads. Interestingly, the Chiron Sport does not gain in the power or performance data departments, which means it still uses an 8,0-litre, W16 engine with as many as four turbochargers. Peak power output thus remains 1 119 kW, while maximum torque is still 1 600 N.m.
A dynamic handling package has been added and the weight of the vehicle reduced by about 18 kg, allowing higher cornering speeds. The pack includes stiffer suspension, a new control strategy for the shock absorbers, tweaked steering and an optimised rear-axle differential.
So, how will you spot a Chiron Sport? Well, this model features a new wheel design and fresh four-pipe exhaust deflectors. In addition, the Chiron Sport can be ordered with an optional colour and trim package, allowing customers to individually tailor the appearance of their vehicle.
Inside, the engine starter button and the driving mode selector on the steering wheel have an anodised black finish, while the “Sport” logo is added to the door sill strips along with an insert on the central console with an embroidered “Chiron Sport” logo.
“The Chiron Sport has become perceptibly more nimble and its new agility, especially in tight corners makes for a much more emotional experience for the driver on winding roads and handling circuits,” said Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti.
Interestingly, the Chiron Sport also becomes the first production car to feature windscreen wiper arms fashioned from (you guessed it) carbon-fibre.
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