Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Chiron experience is dominated by its engine. Even at low speeds, the 8.0-litre W16 engine whooshes and growls and threatens, although because Bugatti applies VW-group standards to the Chiron, it’s actually impeccably behaved. The step-off from rest is smooth, control weights are good, and the gearbox, if left in D, shifts up at low revs and makes the Chiron a relatively relaxing car to drive.
Its ride quality is reasonable. There are several different drive modes; one that maintains a good enough ride quality – though it feels firmer to us than, say, a McLaren P1 or a Ferrari 488 GTB – and two more that lower the body and stiffen the suspension for either higher-speed motorway work, or if you want to exploit the handling. Not only are those modes stiffer, they’re a touch lower, which risk grounding the Bugatti’s nose on speed bumps and the like.