After launching the Chiron and Chiron Sport – which personify the perfect balance of elegance, comfort, and performance – Bugatti pushed the boundaries in 2019 and became the first car manufacturer to break the 300 mph barrier, smashing the world speed record for a production car and achieving 304.77 mph. With the limited-edition Chiron Super Sport 300+, Bugatti offered its customers a hyper sports car designed for extreme top speed to commemorate this milestone.
Although renowned for their decades-long dedication to top speed performance, in 2020 Bugatti revealed another extreme version of the Chiron – this time focused on agility and cornering. The Chiron Pur Sport, limited to 60 units worldwide and starting at $3,599,000, is a re-imagined, more responsive version of the already impressive Chiron and embodies the broad spectrum of performance offered by Bugatti.
Inspired by customers’ desire for a more compelling driving experience, the bold Chiron Pur Sport achieves just that. The car has been meticulously designed for the driver who appreciates challenging roads with tight turns, corners, and curves. Thanks to new and exclusive Michelin Sport Cup 2R tires, lightweight magnesium rims, titanium parts, and more, the Chiron Pur Sport has undergone a weight reduction of 110 pounds. The shorter gearbox provides much faster acceleration and elasticity, while the increased downforce paired with the new suspension and chassis setting allows for mind-bending corner exit speeds.
The exterior design of the Chiron Pur Sport sends a clear message: this is a car meant for corners and challenging roads.
The dynamic flat front end, with its extra wide air inlets, enlarged horseshoe, and striking splitter, combined with the massive fixed rear wing instantly demonstrate the Chiron Pur Sport’s hunger for curves and bends.
The interior follows the message with Alcantara throughout to ensure comfort and grip, lightweight aluminum and trim parts,and a minimalistic interior with occasional pops of contrasting colors.
The sophisticated and sporty design lends itself to enjoyment of the utmost luxury while focusing on the pleasure of driving the Chiron Pur Sport.
Rather than focusing on top speed performance, the Chiron Pur Sport offers extraordinary performance at all speeds.
The fastest accelerating Chiron yet, the Chiron Pur Sport uses the iconic 8.0-liter W16-cylinder engine capable of 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb/ft of torque and is electronically limited at 217 mph.
The W16 has been refined and tweaked to rev 200 rpm higher than in the Chiron and has now a maximum engine speed of 7,000 rpm.
|ACELLERATION||CHIRON||CHIRON PUR SPORT|
|0 – 62 mph||2.4 seconds||2.3 seconds|
|0 – 124 mph||6.1 seconds||5.5 seconds|
|0 – 186 mph||13.1 seconds||< 12 seconds|
To achieve this unmatched performance, 80% of the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox was redesigned and optimized with each of the gears shortened by 15%.
The result is that the engine is always on the optimal power band with more power available at lower speeds, which allows for improved elasticity up to 45%. With the new shortened gearbox, the gears are closer together and allow for the engine to accelerate faster.
|CHIRON||CHIRON PUR SPORT|
|37 – 62 mph||5.7 seconds||3.4 seconds|
|50 – 75 mph||4.3 seconds||2.4 seconds|
For almost two years, Bugatti designers and engineers worked to conceptualize and develop the Chiron Pur Sport, pushing the limits of what is feasible to create the purest, most agile road legal Bugatti yet. Building on the already impressive Chiron, the team at Bugatti made significant modifications to the drive system, chassis and aerodynamics to bring the Chiron Pur Sport to life. The interior and exterior of the car both underwent major design changes to contribute to a bolder, more dynamic design while lessening the car’s weight to increase agility.
The wide air inlets and enlarged horseshoe on the front end function as radiator air outlets, while the impressive, protruding splitter generates maximum downforce to increase aerodynamics. The imposing fixed rear wing spans just over 6 feet and, together with the diffuser, generates significant amounts of downforce while boosting aerodynamics. Replacing the typically automatically expanding wing with a fixed one created a weight reduction of 22 pounds. Lightweight tailpipes made of 3D-printed titanium are just one of the performance enhancing modifications done to decrease weight.
Frank Heyl, Head of Exterior Design and Deputy Head Designer at Bugatti, explains, “We focused particularly on the agility of the Chiron Pur Sport. The vehicle generates more downforce at the rear axle while the large, front splitter, air inlets, wheel-arch vents featuring optimized air outlets and a reduced vehicle height strike a clean balance at the front.”
The interior of the Chiron Pur Sport is sporty, raw, and striking. Reduced to the minimum in order to save
on weight but still retain the luxury that Bugatti is known for, the interior is upholstered primarily in Alcantara rather than leather to guarantee an ideal grip on the steering wheel and improve the side support on seats even at extreme lateral acceleration levels.
All trim and controls are made exclusively from aluminum for a sporty look and lightweight design. Gradient patterns have been lasered into the Alcantara door trim panels in a contrasting color, which is also featured in the stitching, steering wheel, and signature line. These modifications, while aesthetically pleasing, have a much more important purpose: they allow for a substantial decrease in weight and increase in acceleration and agility.
The Chiron Pur Sport gains optimized grip and agility at every speed from the new, exclusive Michelin Sport Cup 2R tires (285/30 R20 at the front and 355/25 R21 at the rear). The tires, developed together with Michelin after countless tests and trials, feature a unique rubber mix and modified tire structure to boost lateral acceleration by 10%. This combination offers greatly improved cornering speed and high grip to the road.
The tires are mounted on the newly designed magnesium wheels which feature a unique ring-like design with the optional carbon aero blades. The use of magnesium cuts the weight of the wheels by 9 pounds to reduce the unsprung masses and improve agility. “All of the modifications make the Pur Sport’s handling more accurate, direct, and predictable. Lower unsprung masses result in improved grip because the wheel maintains contact with the road surface more easily. Anyone behind the wheel will immediately feel its lightweight character through bends,” Jachin Schwalbe, Head of Chassis Development at Bugatti, added.
While optional, the aero blades provide excellent ventilation and boost aerodynamics by extracting air outwards from the wheel while driving. This prevents detrimental turbulence and improves the air flow across the vehicle. The wheels also have a special cover on each of the five wheel nuts that minimizes turbulence.
To pair with the new wheels of the Chiron Pur Sport, Bugatti engineers redesigned the chassis, suspension, and brakes as well. These modifications were designed to provide higher performance on winding roads without compromising any comfort for the driver.
Both axles on the car have a camber of -2.5 degrees, which required new suspension joints to ensure a firm ride. The significantly harder springs offer a much sportier handling and traction. While in motion, the chassis automatically adjusts the shock absorbers in less than six milliseconds – barely enough time to notice a difference.
After driving the new Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport for the first time, 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and Bugatti test driver Andy Wallace said, “It is unbelievable how the Chiron Pur Sport devours the bends on the handling track. I am really impressed by the precise balance of the running gear, the extremely high grip level, the exact steering response, and the way in which the Chiron Pur Sport accelerates so quickly and safely out of the corners. This car has exceeded my expectations by far.”
Extraordinarily agile and relentlessly dynamic, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport offers the purest Bugatti driving experience yet. Focused on extraordinary performance, the Chiron Pur Sport excels in lateral acceleration, cornering, and agility. To enhance the driving experience, Bugatti engineers have developed the new ESC-Sport+ in addition to the three driving modes: EB, Autobahn, and Handling. While in Handling mode, pressing the ESC button activates ESC-Sport+ and provides significantly increased performance by delaying the intervention of ESC and enabling controlled drifts at a greater angle.
For the driver, this means greater freedom on dry roads with the ability to control the drift in the Chiron Pur Sport safely and dynamically.
“The combination of a firmer chassis, shorter gear ratio, more downforce and the new ESC-Sport+ driving mode is addictive. The Chiron Pur Sport selects the right gear in every situation. It feels like it’s glued to the road. Then you’ve got this tremendous acceleration. The car exceeds the expectations of even the most experienced drivers,” explained Jachin Schwalbe.
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