In a series of facebook polls issued over an eight week period, Blackcircles fans have voted the Bugatti Chiron the ‘Ultimate Supercar’. After beating the infamous Koenigsegg Agera in the first round with over 60% of the votes, the Chiron went on to battle against the McLaren Senna and Lamborghini Aventador S to make it to the final round.
The final round of the Blackcircles.com Supercar Showdown put the Bugatti Chiron head to head with the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. Both very different cars, excellent in their own right. The Huracan Performante is one of the fastest supercars available on the market priced from £215,000, a lot of car for your money when compared to the Bugatti Chiron which comes in at almost £2.5million.
Taking 63% of the votes in the final round, the Bugatti Chiron is certainly worthy of the Ultimate Supercar crown, though the Huracan still received 92 votes (37%) proving that it’s not just the price or bhp that makes a supercar great.
So, what does it take to be considered the Ultimate Supercar? The Bugatti Chiron was released in 2016 and powered by an 8.0L, quad-turbocharged, W16 engine with output of 1,479bhp. It achieved world record status in 2017 by reaching 249mph and stopping again in just 42 seconds, this record was broken in the same year by the Koenigsegg Agera RS and subsequently broken again in 2019 by the Koenigsegg Regera.
The Chiron’s top speed is limited to a staggering 261mph, this has been done primarily for safety due to there not having yet been a tyre produced that can safely handle the stress put through it at the car’s top speed. The latest iteration of the Chiron, the Chiron Pur Sport, unveiled in March 2020 and will be limited to only 60 units.
The Chiron Pur Sport is a more handling focussed variant of the Chiron and is 50kg lighter with improved aerodynamics increasing both downforce and agility. Keeping that power to the road, Bugatti worked with Michelin to develop an exclusive Bugatti version of the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 R. This tyre sizes fitted to the Chiron Pur Sport are 285/30 R20 dimensions at the front and 355/25 R21 on the rear and thanks to an improved tyre structure and rubber mix, increase the vehicles lateral acceleration by 10% to improve cornering speed.