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Bugatti Chiron will do 0-249mph and back to zero in 42 seconds

AOL Cars UK logo AOL Cars UK 12/9/2017 Staff writer

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Related: Bugatti Chiron sets a world record (Autoblog Minute)

The Bugatti Chiron's predecessor, the Veyron Super Sport, still holds the record as the world's fastest production car.

Eventually, Bugatti expects the Chiron to take the record, but in the meantime, it's shown off the performance capabilities of the new car with a short video.

The footage shows a staggering feat of acceleration, as the Chiron shoots off from a standstill to 249mph in just 32.6 seconds.

For reference, that's about the same time a Mazda MX-5 takes to accelerate to 100mph. Behind the wheel for this speed test was F1 and IndyCar driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

The camera car is unable to keep up for the whole run, and tails off as the Chiron reaches its top speed.

Off camera, once the Bugatti hits the 249mph target, the driver slams on the brakes, coming to a standstill in just 9.3 seconds thanks to carbon-ceramic brake discs and a massive air brake at the rear.

Bugatti claims this isn't the end, however. It said in a statement: "The 0-249-0 manoeuvre is the first step on the way to a new world speed record for production vehicles which Bugatti intends to set in 2018 and a further highlight in the success story of the Chiron, which made its world debut last year."


Related: 2017’s fastest accelerating production cars (Motoring Research)

Dodge caused quite a stir when it unveiled – or should that be unleashed – the Challenger SRT Demon at the 2017 New York Auto Show. The performance claims are wild in the extreme: world’s fastest quarter-mile production car, highest g-force acceleration of any production car, highest horsepower production V8 ever produced, to name but three. <br> Then there’s the 0-60mph time. According to Dodge, the Challenger SRT Demon – which, incidentally, is the first-ever production car to pull a ‘wheelie’ – will sprint to 60mph in just 2.3 seconds. Little wonder it has been banned from the drag strips of America. Will any car go quicker? And what else is snapping at the Demon’s heels? 2017’s fastest accelerating production cars

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