The Bugatti Chiron Profilée is an unusual model, which was not intended to be sold because the quota of 500 cars scheduled for production had already been met
When Bugatti presented its new Mistral model in California in August 2022, it announced that this would be the last vehicle it would manufacture with its classic combustion engine in W16 architecture. It is a new car, although with the same platform as the Chiron, whose final production of 500 units was already completely sold.
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The Mistral is actually a Chiron convertible with its own details, which will begin to be delivered to the only 99 customers who buy it, only in 2024. This limited edition of such an impressive and high-performance roadster was the “swan song” to the motorization based on fuels derived from petroleum, since the next generation of Bugatti cars will be the first to introduce electrification to the brand with a hybrid drive that takes technology from Rimac, the company that last year acquired the majority shareholding package of the french house
The Chiron, meanwhile, had a production capacity limited to 500 cars between all its versions such as the Chiron Sport, Chiron Pur Sport and Chiron Super Sport, but in 2020 they had begun to develop an extra version, which they planned to bring to a similar scale. to the others, and that it had characteristics of each one of the previous ones.
The interior has woven leather, a material that has never been used in Bugatti’s Chirons before.
It was called Chiron Profilée and it was intended to have the brutality of the 1,600 CV power of the Chiron Super Sport but the elegance and softness of a Sport, as well as specific materials in its interior equipment such as woven leather upholstery, unprecedented in the brand.
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The version name, Profilée, is not new to Bugatti, as it was the designation for a teardrop-shaped body design used on some of the brand’s cars in the 1930s.
The car has the highest acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h of any Chiron, capable of doing so in just 2.3 seconds, while reaching 200 km/h in 5 seconds. The final speed is higher than that of the Pur Sport with 377 km/h, but it does not reach Bugatti’s maximum, obtained with the Super Sport at 486 km/h.
The 1,600 hp W16 engine is used for the last time in a Chiron, as in the limited edition of the Mistral that will only be delivered from 2024
But what happened with this Profile is curious, since once it was verified that it was a model that could be incorporated into the line, it turned out that the 500 Chiron originally planned for production were all already purchased, which led the brand to leave it as a unique piece that would not be produced to sell to customers.
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However, based on an emerging market of buyers of “one-off” cars, unique models that have no other similar and that are usually made to measure for buyers, Bugatti made the decision to sell it at an RM Sotheby’s auction held this week in Paris, putting an estimated price between 4.5 and 6 million dollars.
The elegance of the Chiron Profilée with the Paris frame for the event in which more than 10 million dollars were paid for the purchase
What nobody expected was that finally, the new owner of this Argent Atlantique-colored Bugatti was much higher. Its new owner, whose identity was not revealed, paid for it no less than 9.8 million euros, equivalent to about 10.6 million dollars, making it the new car for which more money has been paid in all of history. of the automobile.
The previous record for a new car sold at auction had been a Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, Maranello’s convertible hybrid supercar, which sold for 8.3 million euros (about $9 million) in 2017, also in another RM Sotheby’s auction, although on that occasion, the sale of the vehicle was for charity, which considerably raised the acquisition figure.
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