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Want a Bugatti Chiron? Better Hurry Up and Wait

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 4/26/2019 Noah Joseph
a close up of a car: A Bugatti may be a lot of things, but "accessible" isn't one of them. And that's the way it's supposed to be: exclusive and exotic. In fact freeing up the millions it takes to buy one may prove the least of the impediments to ownership.

  • One-fourth of all Bugatti Chiron supercars built so far have gone to North American buyers.
  • There are still about 100 left to be sold, but they won't be reaching their buyers until 2022 at the earliest.
  • The even more rarefied Chiron Sport began production in January, and at this point more Sport than "standard" models are being built.

A Bugatti may be a lot of things, but "accessible" isn't one of them. And that's the way it's supposed to be: exclusive and exotic. In fact freeing up the millions it takes to buy one may prove the least of the impediments to ownership.

When the Alsatian automaker rolled out the Chiron in 2016, it committed to building only 500 of them-slightly more than the 450 examples of the Veyron it replaced.

In the three years since, Bugatti has delivered more than 180 of those, sources confirmed to Car and Driver. Of those, 46 (about a quarter of total production so far) have gone to North American buyers. And the company's order books are filled with nearly three years' worth of production already spoken for.

a car parked in front of a building: Fewer than 100 units of the 16-cylinder Bugatti Chiron hypercar are still available.© Bugatti Fewer than 100 units of the 16-cylinder Bugatti Chiron hypercar are still available.

"This means that less than 100 out of the 500 units are still available," revealed Bugatti communications director Tim Bravo. If you manage to secure one of those final build slots, then, you shouldn't expect your 16-cylinder hypercar to arrive at your doorstep before 2022, at the earliest. And you can expect to pay handsomely for the privilege.

The Chiron carries a sticker price of $2,998,000, or $3,260,000 for the Chiron Sport. And that's before options, on which Bugatti's elite clients typically spend some $350,000 on average, over and above the base price, added the automaker's North American marketing manager Cedric Davy.

a black and red car: Bugatti Chiron Sport© Bugatti Bugatti Chiron Sport

Revealed at the Geneva auto show last year, the Chiron Sport (pictured above) packs the same 8.0-liter quad-turbo W-16 engine as the standard model, tuned to deliver the same 1500 horsepower, but with a suspension, torque-vectoring system, and aero package focused more toward handling, and 40 pounds cut from its still hefty two-plus-ton curb weight.

Chiron Sport production began at Bugatti's headquarters in Molsheim this past January. At this point, Bravo confirms, "We are currently assembling more Chiron Sport than Chiron." Maybe one is destined for you.

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