They will appear together at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which forms the backbone of Monterey Car Week, as well as The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. The weeklong celebration of some of the world’s rarest and most expensive cars is one of the few places where the Chiron and Vision Gran Turismo might actually have a hard time standing out. Possibly.
The Vision Gran Turismo is one of a series of cars designed by major automakers to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gran Turismo video game franchise. Like the other concepts, the Bugatti was designed as a playable car for the games. Bugatti also built a real-life version, which debuted last fall at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. In hindsight, it was a clear preview of the styling of the Chiron production model.
The Chiron itself debuted at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show back in March, and has some big tire tracks to fill. It’s the successor to the Bugatti Veyron, owner of many superlatives including (depending on how you look at it), fastest production car in the world.
Bugatti’s latest supercar seems to have the goods, though. It uses an updated version of the Veyron’s 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine, producing 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque. Bugatti claims 0 to 60 mph in less than 2.5 seconds, and a top speed of 261 mph. The latter figure may only apply to cars electronically limited for road use; higher speeds may be possible when the Chiron is let off its leash.
Bugatti only plans to build 500 copies of the Chiron, priced at $2.61 million each. The carmaker says it has received orders for 200 so far, and will deliver the first one this fall.