Geneva 2018: Lighter Bugatti Chiron Sport can corner at 200km/h

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Bugatti reveals more lightweight, more nimble Chiron Sport

Back in 2016, Bugatti introduced the all-new Chiron hypercar as the Veyron's successor. It managed to break new records and was even faster than it's predecessor. Two years on and the French supercar maker has decided to reveal an even more extreme version of the car called the Chiron Sport. Unlike the Veyron Super Sport, the Chiron Sport does not pack any additional power. Instead, Bugatti focused on improving the vehicle's handling.

“We have developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even sportier driving experience with their Chiron, with improved lateral dynamics on winding roads,” says Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.

Compared to the standard Chiron, the Chiron Sport now benefits from a new dynamic handling package to make it go faster around the corners. Specifically, Bugatti engineers have fitted stiffer suspension which use a new control strategy for the shock absorbers, and improved the handling. The new settings only take effect in the Chiron Sport's new Handling mode.

New on the more hardcore Chiron is a dynamic torque vectoring function, distributing torque to each wheel. The torque-vectoring is said to 'significantly improve the steering behaviour and agility of the vehicle.' It is also effective in all driving modes.

In order to make it more nimble on corners, the hypercar also underwent a diet. Extensive use of carbon fiber can be found on the vehicle as well as having new lightweight wheels and intercooler cover. Bugatti also claims to have developed the first carbon fiber windshield wiper which is 77-percent lighter than standard. Thanks to new weightsaving parts, the Chiron Sport now weighs 18 kg less than a standard Chiron.

Overall, Bugatti says the improvents have made the Chiron Sport five seconds faster than a standard Chiron around their Nardo test track. The automaker even claims that it even registered cornering speeds in excess of 200km/h.

“What was important for us was to leave unchanged the unique character of the Chiron, its combination of ultimate performance, longitudinal acceleration and maximum speed with luxury, comfort and everyday usability,” Wikelmann added.

Apart from the new suspension and improved handling, Bugatti will also be offering new exterior and interior color combinations on the new Chiron Sport. For those wondering how much the more hardcore Chiron costs, the car currently displayed at the Geneva Motor Show costs approximately $3.67 million US.

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