[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap]t can sprint from zero to 100kmh in less than 2.5 seconds, zero to 200kmh in less than 6.5 and zero to 300kmh in under 13.6. That’s mind-blowing numbers from the Chiron, the latest member of Bugatti’s stable of hypercars that was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
Production is limited to 500 units and Bugatti’s regional distributors, Wearnes Automotive, delivered the first Chiron in South-east Asia to a private car collector in Singapore earlier this year.
The French marque’s 1,500bhp engine has an official top speed of 420kmh, but its full potential is electronically limited to deliver an overall superlative performance. Unrestrained, though, it could in theory easily surpass the 447kmh record that Swedish 1,150bhp marque Koenigsegg Agera RS holds.
But the key attribute of the Chiron, which is priced at $3.8 million, is in its return on investment. The French hypercar is among a handful of cars such as the Porsche 911 991.2 Speedster, Ferrari Enzo and McLaren Senna that increases in value.
Victor Kwan, managing director of Wearnes Automotive’s Prestige Division, says the Chiron is the first production sports car with a power output of 1,500hp and torque of 1,600Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm, and this is unique to the automotive world.
“Since its launch at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2016, the Chiron has appreciated in value,” he tells The Peak. “From a technical and design standpoint, the Chiron is a timeless masterpiece, owing its distinctive character to the Ettore Bugatti family of engineers and artists. They are built to last forever.” The Singapore collector, who wants to remain anonymous, has no intention of taking the Chiron for a spin and has handed it to Wearnes for storage in a climate-controlled showcase to keep it in pristine condition.
Adds Kwan: “The Bugatti Chiron is a collector’s item. Many Bugatti owners display the prized cars in the comfort of their home and admire them as works of art. Wearnes Automotive also offers a car storage service to automobile collectors, investors and passionate owners who want their cars to be well taken care of at all times.”