The Bugatti Chiron Sport is already a performance machine. It is a car that requires all of your attention when you drive it. Not to mention the power of Bugatti’s superlative, the Chiron Super Sport 300+, which is limited to only 30 units and is currently the fastest street-legal Bugatti. However, in between, there is the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. While Super Sport 300+ is designed for maximum top speed, the Chiron Bugatti Pur Sport offers the best possible track performance.
Compared to the regular Sport version, the Pur Sport needs an entirely new level of respect, attention and caution when you sit behind its steering wheel. While the engine is the same as the Sport version, the Pur Sport focuses more on handling and agility. They both have the 1500 PS engine. But at 350km/h, the Pur Sport is the slowest member of the Chiron family due to the shorter gear ratio. But don’t be fooled by these stats, as this hypercar is the closest track experience Bugatti offers and the sportiest car engineered by the French manufacturer.
New Look & Diet
Bugatti made some visual changes, allowing the Pur Sport to look more aggressive. But these changes also serve a functional purpose. The larger air intakes are designed to provide a larger amount of air to the radiators, and the larger carbon splitter at the front increases downforce. Bugatti saved a few kilos at the back as the brand replaced Chiron’s active rear spoiler in favor of a large, fixed rear wing that ensures more high-speed stability. Great work by the design department of Bugatti!
Additional weight was also shed thanks to the newly developed magnesium wheels, which saved the company 16 kilograms. Overall, Bugatti’s engineers saved around 50 kilograms for the Pur Sport. Doesn’t sound that much, but it’s tougher than you think to redesign something that is already almost a perfect supercar.
The Pur Sport is first and foremost about driving dynamics. Following the Chiron Super Sport 300+, which is designed for maximum top speed, the Pur Sport takes the opposite approach – maximum agility, maximum handling. The Vmax of the Pur Sport is electronically limited to only 350 km/h. But I am telling you, the 1500 PS (1103 kW) with 1600 Nm is a brutal beast. The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport accelerates in only 2.3 seconds from 0-100 km/h and needs 5.5 seconds to reach the 200 km/h mark. In the same fashion, the eight-liter 16V engine pushes the two-tonner to 300 km/h in less than 12 seconds.
As a track-based racing machine, the engineers have given the new Pur Sport the additional driving mode “Sport +”, which is selected via the ESP button on the left of the steering wheel and thus allows later intervention by the traction control. And thanks to the aforementioned gear ratio that was shortened by 15 percent, the Pur Sport translates more of his 1500 PS on the 4 wheels than the regular Chiron Sport. The French hypercar manufacturer spared no expense and even developed new tires for the Pur Sport with Michelin. The semi-slicks, called Michelin Sport Cup 2R, are track-focused performance tires. Something you would typically find on a racing car, but not on a street-legal rocket.
Bugatti uses Alcantara extensively in the interior of the Pur Sport. While the steering wheel, center console, headliner and more are lined with leather in the regular Chiron, the lighter microfiber material is used for the Chiron Pur Sport. The larger paddle shifters are copied from the Divo and should offer an advantage on the race track.
Price & Collectability
With a limitation of only 60 vehicles, the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is one of the most exclusive cars to leave the Headquarter in Molsheim, France. We probably don’t have to mention that they all sold very quickly.
The starting price for the most agile Bugatti of the modern era is EUR 3.57 million upwards, depending on the specification. Currently, the market price of these beasts is slightly higher than the original selling price (around EUR 100-200k). But Pur Sport owners won’t necessarily sell their hypercars since they own 84 cars on average, several airplanes and at least one yacht.
Chiron Pur Sport
Original selling price started at EUR 3,570,000, but the current market price is slightly higher (EUR 100-200k).
Limited to only 60 vehicles
When to drive:
A track-focused Bugatti that is street legal? Just get your friends, rent a race track and push the car to its limits.
What we love about the car:
The 1.90-meter-wide fixed carbon board replaced the previously hydraulically adjustable rear wing: ten kilograms saved, downforce gained.
Photography: Photography: Philipp Rupprecht IG: @philipprupprecht