Bugatti announced the production of the 250th Chiron in 2020 – the halfway mark for the planned Chiron production run of 500 cars.
Production of the Bugatti Chiron hyper sports car has reached its halfway point three years after the first car was delivered to a client. The 250th Chiron – a Chiron Sport “Edition Noire Sportive” – was completed in February 2019. It will be on the Bugatti stand at the 2020 International Motor Show in Geneva.
Bugatti Chiron Production History
The French luxury brand, part of the less glamorous Volkswagen Group since 1998, introduced the Bugatti Chiron in Geneva 2016. Production will be limited to 500 cars of which 250 cars have already been produced and a further 150 already paid for.
The first two Bugatti Chirons sold at public auction achieved $3,772,500 (RM Sotheby’s New York 2017) and $4,088,212 (RM Sotheby’s Paris 2018) but prices since have been weaker with several failing to sell. With around 100 Chirons still available new from the factory, this is not entirely surprising, as many prospective owners may be willing to wait a few months rather than pay over the odds at auction.
In contrast to the Veyron, of which 450 were produced over a decade, Bugatti is planning 500 Chirons and importantly expecting to make a profit on the car. The Chiron is produced in four basic versions – Chiron, Chiron Sport, Chiron Sport 110 Ans, and Chiron Super Sport 300+. Basic prices range from $3 to 4 million but few cars leave the factory without additional options.
The Chiron is named after Monegasque racing driver Louis Chiron – a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 that he co-piloted at Le Mans sold for €4,600,00 ($5,070,000) as the top result at the Bonhams Paris Rétromobile 2020 classic car auction
Bugatti Chiron Sport “Edition Noire Sportive”
The 250th Bugatti produced is the Bugatti Chiron Sport “Edition Noire Sportive”, which should not be confused by the unique Voiture Noire that Bugatti displayed at the Geneva Auto Salon 2019.
The Chiron Sport is fitted with the modern Bugatti’s iconic 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine with up to 1,600 hp. Besides its impressive performance, Bugatti claims the Chiron offers the utmost comfort and ease of driving as well as perhaps the strongest representation of true luxury: peerless exclusivity.
To the brand’s president Stephan Winkelmann, this event also holds special significance: “After a year full of records, this 250th Chiron represents the cornerstone for another year of extraordinary accomplishments. Every single Chiron has proven that we are rightfully standing at the pinnacle of automotive craftsmanship.”
Bugatti Factory in Molsheim, France
Modern Bugattis are produced in Molsheim in Alsace, France, in a modern factory next to the chateau of Ettore Bugatti, founder of the emblematic brand. Every car is created as a unique specimen, thanks to the engineers’ great expertise, attention to detail, and impressive technical sophistication – the Haute Couture of the automotive industry.
Christophe Piochon, member of the board at Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, is proud of this milestone in the history of the brand: „I feel honored to lead such an excellent and dedicated team, and I thank each and every member for their amazing work. One never gets used to the incredible feeling of seeing another Chiron leave our Atelier. Each vehicle is unique, in no way comparable to a fellow member of the Chiron family.“