Time to clean out those old arcade games and make room in your garage. The end of 2016 will usher in the latest, fastest, baddest, most exclusive production super sports car to ever hit the pavement—the new Bugatti Chiron—and if you have an extra $2.66 million laying around, you could be one of the lucky 500 people to drive one home.
In keeping with a legacy of luxury, high design and insane performance, the new Bugatti Chiron adheres to the designers’ mantra “Form follows Performance.” That translates to a new design language with sweeping surfaces and pronounced lines that enhance the new W16 engine that frankly, doesn’t need all that much enhancement in the first place.
To hit a whopping 25% increase in its predecessor’s performance, the new Bugatti Chiron has an impossible 1,500 hp, 1,600 Nm of torque and tops out well above 250 mph, thanks to 4 turbochargers that are double-powered. Translation: wear your neck brace, just in case.
WAIT! Before you run out and buy that Ferrari LaFerrari you’ve been ogling, take a minute to check out the competition—the 2016 Bugatti Chiron. The new hypercar (it’s way beyond a supercar) is named after Monaco-born racers Louis Chiron, and it’s on deck to replace the legendary Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, which, as we’re sure you’ve guessed, means it’s faster, hotter, better. Impressive, considering that the 258-mph Veyron is currently the fastest production car in existence. The Chiron’s packing an 8.0-liter W-16 engine, meaning its 16 cylinders are arranged in a W formation.
The direct-injection engine gets increased boost pressure, and two of its four turbochargers are electrically powered, giving this puppy 1500 hp, up from the Veyron’s meager 1200 hp, and even leaving some F1’s in the dust. The Chiron’s also got a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a four-wheel-drive system to add torque vectoring—nice-to-haves when you decide to really stretch her legs and hit 288 mph. Sure this gorgeous piece of carbon-fiber machinery will set you back about $2.5 million, and it’s not due out until next year, but look on the bright side—you’ll have more time to enjoy your McLaren P1 before you trade her in.