Apparently, December is the month of one-offs.
How many more Chiron versions are gonna come out?! Well, when the folks at Bugatti asked that question among themselves in 2020, they had already built the Chiron Profilée—only to realize that all 500 Chiron build slots were spoken for. But then, they also realized that what they had created was too beautiful to be locked away in Molsheim or a museum. And so, they decided to auction it off—in hopes that it would join a collector’s garage somewhere. Since this is an auction, the bidder don’t need to be a repeat Bugatti client; he/she could be totally new to the brand. The Chiron Profilée is gonna be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s in Feb 2023, with a percentage of the proceeds going to charity.
So, why did they bother to build this thing in the first place? Well, apparently, some customers had asked if something in between the Chiron Sport and the Chiron Pur Sport could be created, or, in Christophe Piochon’s (President of Bugatti Automobiles) words, Bugatti was exploring “a less radical version of the Pur Sport” as per some customers’ wishes. But I guess instead of limiting the exploration to CAD software, they went ahead and built an actual car.
As you can tell from the photos, the Chiron Profilée features some aerodynamic revisions. There’s a fixed ducktail wing at the rear, which is claimed to serve two purposes: increase the downforce at the rear axle and use negative pressure to suck hot air out of the engine bay. The design of the wing makes the air flow both over the top and under the wing. At the front, the Profilée was given wider air inlets and an enlarged Bugatti horseshoe grille to help funnel more cool air into the radiators. A revised front splitter works in tandem with a sculpted underbody to further increase downforce and maximize airflow.
Chassis tuning includes a change in the camber angles of all four wheels and harder springs with a front-heavy balance. The springs are said to be 10% stiffer compared with the Chiron Sport and the rear axle carries 50% more negative camber, offering improved grip at corners.
As for the paintwork, the upper body is painted in an exclusive ‘Argent Atlantique’ while the lower body is tinted in ‘Bleu Royal Carbon’. Notice that the spokes of the model-exclusive wheels mimic the horseshoe grille; to match the carbon tint of the car’s lower body, they are painted in ‘Le Patron’ with polished aluminum accents.
On the inside, the Profilée becomes the first Chiron to be upholstered in woven leather—on the dashboard, door panels and center console. In total, more than 2,500 meters of leather strips are used to create this complex finish. The one-off is also equipped with comfort seats upholstered in Gris Rafale and Deep Blue leather, featuring an ‘air parade’ stitching pattern.
Since the Chiron Profilée was supposed to be a less radical version of the Pur Sport, it offers no more than 1,500 metric hp and 1,600 Nm (1,180 lb-ft) of torque, but it also offers Pur Sport’s 15% shorter gear ratios (compared with the Chiron Sport). As for the official performance figures, Bugatti claims that the Profilée accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.3 seconds and up to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 5.5 seconds. It also has a top speed of 380 km/h (236 mph) compared with the Chiron Pur Sport’s 350 km/h (217 mph).
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