Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport: Faster in corners, slower on the straights

Just when you thought you’ve seen the last limited-edition Chiron to come out of Bugatti, another one pops up for a cool 3 million Euros (before tax) – the handling-focused Pur Sport. Yes, the Divo is already a track-special based on the Chiron, but that one costs 5 million Euros each and all 40 units have been spoken for, so it’s only natural that Bugatti starts a fresh batch.

The wing is fixed on the Pur Sport.

Like the Chiron Sport, the premise of the Pur Sport isn’t to add more horsepower but to make it lighter while optimising other areas of the hypercar.

The Pur Sport shed a total of 50 kg through the use of titanium in the exhaust and brake systems, deletion of the hydraulic actuation for the rear wing, magnesium alloy wheels (shod with bespoke Michelin Cup 2 R rubber), even a lighter Alcantara trim on the interior contributed to the weight savings.

More Alcantara doesn’t hurt.

A handling special wouldn’t be complete without work done on its aerodynamics and suspension, to that end, the Pur Sport gets a more aggressive new rear diffuser to complement the fixed rear wing, along with a new front splitter and air intakes to achieve higher downforce. The front and rear damping has been retuned with stiffness increased by 65% and 33% respectively, now with carbon-fibre anti-roll bars and revised wheel camber.

While the 1,500 hp and 1,600 Nm 8.0-litre W16 engine is untouched, the ratios in the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission have been recalibrated closer by 15%, which enables ‘shorter gear jumps’ and far stronger in-gear acceleration but it also reduces the Chiron’s top speed from 420 km/h to 350 km/h, partly hindered by the increased downforce as well. Well, you can’t have everything, even for 3 million Euros.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport gallery


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