What is it?
You will recognize the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport by its slightly modified nose, larger air inlets, its impressive splitter and its air outlets on the redrawn front fenders. And if the difference with the other versions of the Bugatti Chiron is not clear, take a look at the fixed and 1.90 meter wide rear wing, the carbon supports of which together with the almost intimidating diffuser form an aggressive-looking X. And to the titanium outlet, which opens centrally into the diffuser.
Finally, there are the magnesium rims specially developed for the Pur Sport with their optional ‘aero blades’, which create a vortex that better evacuates the heat generated during braking. Rims that weigh 4 kilograms less per piece than the aluminum ones, which in unsprung weight gives a firm sip on the bubble. In other words, the almost wing-wide over the carbon fiber smeared name Bugatti is nowhere near necessary.
With the Pur Sport, Bugatti wants to emphasize another aspect of the Chiron. Away from the hunt to the highest top speed, up to the battlefield for the fastest lap time. What is most striking here, then, is that this top speed has been reduced to 350 km / h. Among other things to give priority to the accelerations.
There is little difference in the technical data. The 8-liter W16 remains 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm strong, but its peak power is now somewhere between 6,700 and 6,900 rpm (previously 6,700 rpm). A strong sample of the better adjustment work to make the engine and gearbox respond perfectly to each other. It’s exactly that bin that has been completely disassembled in order to finally be able to write down even more impressive acceleration figures with 15% shorter transmission ratios on all seven gears.
For example, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport tracks in 2.3 seconds from 0 to 100 km / h, instead of in 2.4 seconds. The 0 to 200 km / h he does two tenths better than before with 5.9 seconds. Even more impressive are the differences in the repetitions. To pull in sixth gear from 60 to 120 km / h, the Pur Sport needs 4.4 seconds less than the ‘ordinary’ Chiron with 4.4 seconds.
Flexibility, it’s always been the power of Bugatti engines. For the Pur Sport, however, most attention went to the chassis. The front and rear springs became 65% and 33% stiffer, respectively, and the carbon stabilizers were also adjusted. The connection of the suspension to the chassis also became rigid, with bearing bushes that are 130 and 77% stiffer at the front and rear, respectively. And by setting the wheel flight 2.5 degrees more negative, the difference in driving behavior was even underlined.
Typical of the Pur Sport is that the ESP is set to intervene just a little later. This not only gives the driver the chance to tear something wilder through the bend, it also improves the feeling. We would be lying if we said that we did not feel a little bit of healthy stress beforehand. After all, we do not drive every day in a car with 1,500 hp. But the nerves disappear after a few first meters. This Chiron Pur Sport rides so easily and docile. Particularly impressive, but not terribly interesting.
It’s fast. Very fast. Very fast. All of a sudden you think the four wheels are individually looking for grip. And oddly enough, that’s just the reassurance we need. The feeling of contact with the car, which sends all its movements almost unfiltered through hands and buttocks to the brain. The same experience is with braking. Even with an improvised emergency stop, where you can turn off the ABS too quickly thanks to the perfectly dose-pedal.
So we did not go to the limit. Whatever can not be on the public road. But far enough away to finally understand what Bugatti is all about. And that’s nothing short of perfection. Yes, we are impressed by this more than unique sports car. Very deeply impressed even. During the (obviously) far too short test drive, our prejudices against this almost two ton heavy hyper sports car were exploded one by one like soap bubbles. The only thing that remained was the idea that a base price of 3.1 million euros without taxes was an indecent amount of money.