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It’s ironic that the same company that brought us
the VW Beetle, the ”People’s Car,” also brings
us a car that makes billionaires jealous if they see
one roll past.
TEX T BY BILL LINDSEY
Volkswagen Auto Group owns many of the world’s finest
carmakers: Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini and Porsche, as well as
Ducati motorcycles. But their crown jewel is Bugatti, whose
ultimate model used to be the 1,001-hp Veyron. But now there’s
a new Bugatti in town: The Bugatti Chiron. Boasting 1,500 hp
roaring out of a twin-turbocharged W16 engine, the Chiron can
take you from 0 to 249 mph and back to 0 in 42 seconds. Rumor
has it this was first accomplished by a valet in the parking lot
at Monty’s. Going that fast requires supernaturally good brakes,
which is why the Chiron is equipped with carbon ceramic brakes
that actually slow the rate at which the Earth rotates when fully
applied. At its top speed of 261 mph, you’ll need to stop for fuel
every 9 minutes, so allow for extra time when you drop the kids
off at school; Bugatti.com.