2010s – Bugatti Chiron

For the cynical, it could be argued that the Bugatti Chiron is merely an evolution of the Veyron. Then again, even an evolution of a car with 987bhp and a top speed of around 400km/hr is nothing to be sneezed at.

The Chiron’s eight-litre engine is related to the Veyron’s, but it now produces 1,479bhp and it’ll complete the double-century y sprint in a scant 6.5 seconds. Its top speed, however, is just 420km/hr, which is 11km/hr less than the record set by one of the Chiron’s predecessors, the Veyron Super Sport. It should also be mentioned that the Chiron’s top speed is electronically limited for safety reasons, and not because it can’t go faster.

In addition to the above, Bugatti developed a carbon fibre housing for its airbag and its tyres were tested on rigs used in the aerospace industry. And despite all its achievements, which will likely be impressive several decades on, the same cynic might still ask what the point of the Chiron is. To be honest, they have a point. There really is no need for a car with 10 times the power of an average saloon and one that can travel at an appreciable fraction of the speed of sound. Then again, there really was no need to climb Everest or walk on the surface of the moon.

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