GENEVA -- The Bugatti Chiron will not only be the world's fastest car - it will also make money for parent Volkswagen Group, the brand said as it unveiled the high-performance coupe, which is the successor to the Veyron.
The 1,479-hp (1,500 PS) Chiron is "very well-positioned to become the next world speed record holder and reach a maximum speed significantly above the record currently held by Bugatti," the brand said in a statement.
The Chiron's road speed is electronically limited 420 kph (261 mph). It accelerates from 0 to 100 kph [0-62 mph] in less than 2.5 seconds thanks to 1,600 Newton meters of torque applied to all four wheels.
To make the Chiron faster and more powerful than the Veyron, Bugatti further developed the brand's 8.0-liter, W16 engine, adding four new, larger turbochargers. These are controlled by an innovative two-stage turbocharging, Bugatti said.
The Chiron has a large number of other technical refinements and innovations, the brand said, including a new carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a newly designed adaptive chassis.
Bugatti will build 500 Chirons and start deliveries in the autumn. A third of the limited run has already been preordered.