This is the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport and my first drive to experience all about it! Bugatti have dialed things up for the new hypercar to be right at home on the racetrack, and after a short road drive we head to the fabulous Bilster Berg to put it through the paces. Join me to discover it inside out in full detail!
The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is the most dynamic, track-focused model the hypercar manufacturer from Molsheim, France have yet introduced. A limited run of 60 units will be made, following on from the Chiron, Chiron Sport and Chiron Super Sport 300+, and a growing line-up that also now features the Divo and Centodieci models. Powered as before by the 8.0l quad turbo W16 making 1,500hp and 1,600Nm, but with substantial changes under the skin.
For the Pur Sport, Bugatti have focused heavily on the chassis development, increasing the stiffness particularly at the front end by 65%, and 33% at the rear. Coinciding with this, there are also changes to the software side and specifically the gearbox that now runs shorter ratios for a much sharper feel and significantly quicker in-gear acceleration; albeit at the expense of the top end which comes down from 420km/h to 350km/h.
For a first ever drive of the Chiron Pur Sport, Bugatti invited me to join them at Bilster Berg in Germany, a very tight and technical circuit to really test how it performs. Starting out it's a road drive where the endless and effortless performance comes in abundance and quite frankly too much so for such an environment, before also driving the 'regular' Chiron Sport to compare. Then it's over to Bilster Berg to really have an opportunity to push and experience something unlike anything I could have expected.
It goes without saying that Bugatti make extraordinarily fast cars, but the significant benefits to handling with the Pur Sport are immediately apparent. It is both more lively through the gears thanks to the new configuration, as well as offering a Sports+ ESC mode where it also becomes much more controllable and enjoyable through the immense corners of Bilster Berg. The result is a car that you might not expect to perform anything like as well as it does, with the added bonus of blistering speed between the corners.
Thanks for watching, Tim