Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Effortlessly Hits 217 MPH At Paul Ricard Track


Just like the previous Veyron, the Chiron has spawned many special editions. Some are only limited to visual changes while others bring more significant changes featuring hardware upgrades. It’s easy to forget Pur Sport since Divo, Centodieci, Super Sport 300+ and La Voiture Noire once made headlines more often than track-focused derivatives.

The corner-devouring W16 coupe is quite “slow” judging by its 218-mph top speed compared to the unlocked Super Sport 300+ which can hit 304 mph. That’s because it’s been reconfigured for faster acceleration with a closer 15 percent gear ratio at the expense of top speed. We can see Pur Sport’s blistering performance at a circuit by tackling the Paul Ricard Circuit located near Marseille in France.

It wasn’t acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) that impressed us, even sprints to 124 mph (200 km/h) or 186 mph (300 km/h) didn’t impress us. The 8.0 liter quad-turbo engine seems to have endless resources as it continues to pull even after 186 mph. Shot by Paul Englert, this one-in-60 Pur Sport hypercar is an absolute rocket after cornering and should handle better than the base Chiron after dropping 50 kilograms (110 pounds).

With acceleration far more important than the immediate top speed, the engine’s red line has been pushed even further by 200 rpm, at 6,900 rpm. It’s still a very heavy car weighing just under two metric tons, but the video shows that Bugatti has done a great job of neutralizing most of it. With a bespoke Michelin Sport Cup 2 R and stiffer suspension (+65 percent front and +33 percent rear), this is the most agile Chiron of all.

How many owners would actually take their Pur Sports to the race track and give it the proverbial nuts? We’re not going to bet much, which is a real shame as it seems to be a real hit in the right hands. Although it weighs about the same as a full-size SUV, the more focused Chiron looked pleasing at the 3.6-mile Circuit Paul Ricard with its 15 corners. Of course, it tops out at 217 mph (350 km/h) on the 1.1-mile Mistral Straight.


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