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2019 bugatti Chiron

The Bugatti Chiron exists and thrives in a world of superlatives. It's the fastest car in the world and one of the quickest ones, too. It's equipped with one of the most powerful factory-stock engines ever made and it's the most expensive car you can buy new in America by a long shot. 

Recent changes

Bugatti expanded the Chiron line-up with a Sport model that focuses on handling and refinement. It weighs 40 pounds less than the standard model. 

By the numbers

As a replacement for the Veyron, the Chiron has big shoes to fill. It's up to the challenge. Bugatti completely redesigned the 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine and added four two-stage turbochargers. The end result is jaw-dropping: the W16 engine makes 1,500 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 1,180 pound-feet of torque between 2,000 and 6,0000 rpm.

The immense amount of power flows through all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Bugatti notes a zero-to-60-mph time of 2.3 seconds, a zero-to-100-mph time of 4.8 seconds, and a top speed of 261 mph -- for road use. Without a limiter, the Chiron is expected to top out at 290 mph.

Design

The Chiron is taller, a few inches longer, and slightly wider than the Veyron. It still features its predecessor's hallmark horseshoe-shaped grille but it wears a more aggressive look characterized by smaller headlights with four sets of LEDs each, a C-shaped line on either side that accentuates the low-slung look, a fin on the back, and an ultra-thin light bar that emphasizes the rear end's width.

Don't let its performance credentials fool you: the Chiron isn't a bare-bones, stripped-out machine built to embarrass Miata at autocross events. Step inside and you'll find plenty of soft leather upholstery, carbon fiber trim, and aluminum accents. High-resolution screens on either side of the analog speedometer display infotainment options like navigation directions or the media menu. Four knobs positioned vertically on the center console let the passengers adjust the climate control settings.

Key Competitors

At roughly $3 million before options, the Chiron locks horns with other expensive modes of transportation like a private jet or a small helicopter.

If you'd rather stay on the ground, you can look at the Koenigsegg Agera RS or the Hennessey Venom F5, though both are much cheaper. Alternatively, for the price of a Chiron you can buy a Rolls-Royce Phantom, a Lamborghini Aventador S, and still have about $2 million left to build yourself a house. Decisions, decisions.