…if it was road legal at all. Bugatti Chiron previewed in Singapore at Concours d’Elegance Fullerton: $4.2-million gets you four turbos, 420km/h top speed, and the fastest production car in the world
The world’s fastest production car appeared in Singapore today at the first Fullerton Concours d’Elegance, held at the Fullerton Hotel.
That of course is the Bugatti Chiron, which has taken over the mantle of fastest car from its predecessor, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
It’s the first time the car has been seen here, and it was unveiled by a surprise guest – Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann – along with Wearnes Automotive Prestige Division managing director, Pang Chong Yan (above left and right).
The car’s been theoretically available for sale here since 2016 throough South-east Asia’s distributor Wearnes Automotive.
The 8.0-litre quad-turbo, 16-cylinder engine generates 1,500hp – making the original Veyron’s 1,001hp seem insubstantial in comparison. It also boots out 1,600Nm of torque, does 0-100km/h in 2.4 seconds, and tops out at a maximum speed of 420km/h.
Bugatti says the car can theoretically go as quick as 460km/h, but its tyres would explode and currently there are no stronger tyres that can withstand the centrifugal forces.
The car isn’t just more powerful than the Veyron, it’s also lighter. It uses a carbonfibre chassis and the outer skin is also almost entirely carbonfibre as well.
As you go quicker, engineering becomes exponentially more challenging: For example, the planned supersonic speed record car, Bloodhound, needs wheels to withstand 10,200rpm and 50,000g.
It has a EUR2.65-million (SGD 4.19-million) price tag, but that’s sans taxes. Like the Veyron, the Chiron is not produced in right-hand drive, so you can’t legally drive one on the road here. That means a prospective buyer won’t pay the tremendous ARF (Additional Registration Fee) which comprise the bulk of a car’s sticker price.
Concours d’Elegance, which means ‘competition of elegance’ in French, has been modelled after other events overseas, which are typically are a show for classic cars to be ranked based on appearance and condition.
Over time, the events have evolved to involve auctions and vintage lifestyle, as well as a gathering point for those with deep pockets.
That’s not surprising since the most expensive cars in the world appear at these shows, since the only thing more desirable than the latest and greatest are the oldest and gold-est. For example, a $61.5-million dollar Ferrari GTO at the most prominent Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach.