Put simply, the Chiron’s fuel-economy ratings, released Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency, are absurd.
Sure, the 1,500-horsepower roadster’s quad-turbocharged, 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine delivers 1,180 foot-pounds of torque, has a top speed of 261 mph and does 0-to-60 in 2.3 seconds (watch it run up to 218 mph, here). Certainly impressive. But there’s a tradeoff: a measly 11 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. That’s 9 mpg in the city and a whopping 14 on the highway.
That equates to an estimated annual fuel cost of $3,800, averaging $6.26 in gasoline — premium gasoline, no less — for every 25 miles driven. With a 9.1-gallon fuel tank, you’d be hard pressed, while zooming down the PCH or Autobahn, to squeeze out 100 miles before you’d need to find a filling station.
Still, it’s a slight upward tick from the Bugatti Veyron, which the EPA rated at 10 mpg combined. Bugatti says the W16 engine represents a 25 percent increase in performance compared to its predecessor, with nearly every single part of the engine examined and newly developed. Included are four turbochargers that are 69 percent larger than on the discontinued Veyron.
Somehow we doubt that the miserly fuel economy ratings will hurt the supercar’s prestige. Back in November, Bugatti design director Achim Anscheidt told Autoblog that the Chiron’s uber-exclusive clientele owns an average of 42 cars in their impossible-to-imagine garages (plus 1.7 jets and 1.4 yachts, to boot).
With that many hot wheels, it’s safe to say the Chiron wouldn’t rack up the miles too quickly.