The Bugatti Chiron Sport will make its first appearance in North America at the New York Auto Show this week. The new Sport version of the 1,500 horsepower Chiron offers significantly improved handling and even greater agility.
It was first displayed at the recent Geneva show.
The Sport model features a specially developed dynamic handling package, reduced weight, new wheels and a new four-pipe exhaust deflector.
An 8.0-liter 16 cylinder engine can reach 62 mph in just 2.5 seconds. A total of 1,479 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque can do that for you. That is for the base model. The Sport is slightly lighter so it may be faster.
Save your doubloons. The price tag? $3.26 million.
Also to be revealed for the first time in the states, is the Rimac C_Two electric hyper car offering a combined 1,914 horsepower and 1,696 lb-ft of torque.
Its maker cited a 0-60 in just 1.85 seconds and a top speed of 258 mph making this one of the fastest cars ever built. One writer noted that if you live one-quarter mile from the supermarket, you could get there in 9.1 seconds.
Guess the frozen foods would not melt on the way home, but then again, they might! It comes with a “virtual” race driving coach and is built by Croatia’s Rimac Automobili.
The Rimac C-Two is said to have a range of 400 miles but only if you behave yourself. If you don’t, and I doubt many will, then as they say in TV ads, “your results may vary.”
There is enough juice on board for two full laps of the Nurburgring at full power which may be more than your nervous system could handle.
Designed by Rimac’s in-house team and made entirely from scratch with all-new technologies – the C_Two features a full carbon fiber monocoque with bonded carbon roof, integrated battery pack and merged rear carbon subframe. The body itself is pure carbon fiber, with the result that it is both relatively light and exceptionally strong.
There is a double wishbone suspension with electronically-controlled dampers and active height adjustment. Four electric motors power each individual wheel, so AWD.
A pair of independent single-speed gearboxes apply drive to the front wheels, while a pair of independent two-speed, gearboxes – one for each rear wheel – allow the C_Two to make use of its prodigious torque to produce both mind-blowing acceleration and true hypercar top speed.
Factoids: Richard Hammon, he of Top Gear fame, has wrecked a Rimac Concept_One. And no key is needed to gain entry in the Concept Two. Facial recognition has replaced it.
Price? Well this hypercar more than anything mentioned in this column of late qualifies for the old saying, “If ya got ask…”
And how about a VW pickup? The ole Rumor Mill has it that VW will introduce a concept midsize truck at the NY show. It will then gauge the public’s response. Press days at the show open on Wednesday.
BMW has announced it will not put in an appearance at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show after Mercedes made a similar announcement, according to the Detroit News.
No comment thus far from show officials who are considering moving the show date from mid-winter to the more reasonable (weather wise) fall season.
Porsche, Land Rover, Volvo, Jaguar and Mazda has also said they will not participate in the Detroit show.
All this comes at a time when automakers are questioning the effectiveness of costly auto show displays where they share the headlines with rival makers when they could announce new offerings at other times and have the attention of the motor world to themselves for less money.
Pages for Tesla and SpaceX have been deleted from Facebook. This after Elon Musk was challenged to make the move by fans on Twitter amid Facebook’s data privacy controversy.
Automotive News said due to slowing demand Honda has told dealers it is trimming production of the Accord as consumers turn to trucks, crossovers and SUV’s. And Nissan has also announced it will reduce factory output to keep dealer inventories in line with slowing response.