Bugatti unveils lighter, more track-focused Chiron Sport hypercar

Bugatti has revealed the new Chiron Sport at the Geneva Motor Show – a lighter and better-handling version of its elite hypercar.

Retaining the same 1,480bhp as the standard model, the Chiron Sport has shed 18kg in weight, and has been fitted with a dynamic handling package, stiffer suspension and a new torque vectoring system.

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It's clearly been designed with the track in mind, with Bugatti boasting that it can go five seconds a lap faster around the Nardo handling circuit in Italy than the standard car.

The model is distinguishable by different wheel designs and a four-pipe exhaust deflector. It also comes with a red '16' positioned on the front grille indicating its number of cylinders.

Steven Winkelmann, president of Bugatti, said: "We have developed the Chiron Sport for customers wanting an even sportier driving experience with the Chiron, with improved lateral dynamics for driving on windy roads.

"What was important for us was to leave unchanged the unique character of the Chiron, its combination of ultimate performance, acceleration and maximum speed with luxury, comfort and everyday usability."

A dynamic handling package is joined by modified steering and the aforementioned stiffer suspension. These only change when you put it in 'Handling Mode', though. Torque vectoring also helps improve agility, particularly in tight corners.

Oddly, though, one of the things Bugatti seems to be most proud of is its carbon-fibre windscreen wipers that are said to be the first fitted to any production car, and are made using a 3D printer. As well as marginally saving weight, they also help with aerodynamics.

Be aware, though, Bugatti charges heavily for the Chiron Sport, with an asking price of €2.65m (£2.37m) – roughly £220,000 more expensive than the standard model. Bugatti likes to add that it's "probably the most expensive production car on display at this year's show", too, clearly not shying away from how expensive the model is.

First deliveries of the Chiron Sport are planned for the end of the year.

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