The 2022 Bugatti Chiron isn’t only the ultimate Bugatti, it’s the ultimate car. Period. This $3 million work of art is capable of pummeling the pavement at over 200 mph thanks to a 16-cylinder engine that features four turbochargers and cranks out at least 1500 horsepower—the more expensive Super Sport model is even more powerful. The Chiron’s cabin is just as artfully designed as its exterior, and it coddles occupants in fine materials that help justify its price tag. But let’s be honest, people are really paying for the performance here.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

All 2022 Bugatti Chiron models are motivated by an 8.0-liter 16-cylinder powerplant. This beast of an engine employs four turbochargers to generate a mighty 1500 horsepower and 1180 pound-feet of torque. Bugatti claims that the Chiron makes the dash from zero to 60 mph in a mere 2.3 seconds, and it has a top speed of 261 mph. If the Chiron’s standard engine doesn’t quench your thirst for speed, step up to the Chiron Super Sport 300+.

This model is equipped with a slightly more potent version of the base powerplant, and it produces 1578 horsepower. Piloted by factory test driver Andy Wallace, a model with specs almost identical to those of the Chiron Super Sport 300+ logged a record-setting 304.773 mph test-track run. With every model in the Chiron lineup, power is sent to all four wheels by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

As one would expect from a car with a 1500-hp engine, the 2022 Bugatti Chiron won’t win any points for being eco-friendly. According to the EPA, the Chiron achieves mileage (we hesitate to use the words “fuel economy”) of up to 9 mpg city and 14 mpg highway. The Pur Sport and Super Sport models are rated for 8 mpg city and 11 highway. We haven’t run the Chiron on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, so we can’t evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Chiron’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The 2022 Bugatti Chiron‘s exterior features a C-shaped design cue carved into its side panels, and this element is also present within the car’s cabin. It’s reflected in the graceful curve of a partition that separates driver and passenger. Bugatti has dressed the Chiron’s cabin in top-of-the-line materials, and the interior bears space-age styling elements that add whimsical charm. A flat-bottomed steering wheel greets the driver, and Bugatti claims the glossy center console is made from a single piece of solid aluminum. With the Chiron, it’s best to pack light. The trunk provides just two cubic feet of cargo space.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The 2022 Bugatti Chiron‘s singular focus on performance brings with it compromises on the infotainment front. This Bugatti functions much like a race car, and it has the stripped-down tech content to match. There’s no infotainment screen, and features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability aren’t offered. The car’s infotainment amenities are pretty much limited to a sound system and a trip computer. On the plus side, the sound system delivers impeccable sound quality, and it features four tweeters that each utilize a one-carat diamond membrane for precision output. That’s what you’d expect from a car with a price that starts in the millions.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Chiron is not offered with commonly available driver-assistance features, such as blind-spot monitoring. For more information about the Chiron’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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 2022 Bugatti Chiron

 2022 Bugatti Chiron

Full Specifications

2021 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

VEHICLE TYPE
mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

BASE PRICE
$3,599,000

ENGINE TYPE
quad-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 64-valve W-16, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement
488 in3, 7993 cm3
Power
1479 hp @ 6700 rpm
Torque
1180 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
7-speed dual-clutch automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 106.7 in
Length: 178.9 in
Width: 80.2 in
Height: 47.7 in
Passenger volume: 54 ft3
Trunk volume: 2 ft3
Curb weight (C/D est): 4450 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.3 sec
100 mph: 4.3 sec
1/4-mile: 9.4 sec
Top speed: 217 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 10/8/13 mpg

 

2021 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport
Vehicle Type: mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe

PRICE
Base: $3,825,000

ENGINE
quad-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 64-valve W-16, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Displacement: 488 in3, 7993 cm3
Power: 1578 hp @ 7050 rpm
Torque: 1180 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm

TRANSMISSION
7-speed dual-clutch automatic

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 106.7 in
Length: 186.3 in
Width: 80.2 in
Height: 47.7 in
Passenger Volume: 54 ft3
Trunk Volume: 2 ft3
Curb Weight (C/D est): 4550 lb

PERFORMANCE (C/D EST)
60 mph: 2.3 sec
100 mph: 4.3 sec
1/4-Mile: 9.1 sec
Top Speed: 273 mph

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 9/8/11 mpg

 

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