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Bugatti 18/3 Chiron

The Bugatti 18/3 Chiron concept by Italdesign Giugiaro

Vehicle Overview

The Bugatti 18/3 Chiron, a homage to the iconic motorsport driver Louis Chiron, stands as a testament to the fusion of tradition and innovation in the automotive world. As the 20th century drew to a close, European automotive manufacturers found themselves at a crossroads, yearning to connect with their cultural roots. The Bugatti project, initiated in 1990 by Italdesign Giugiaro, embarked on a journey to encapsulate the essence of classic cars while embracing the demands of the new millennium. The evolution of the Bugatti concept unfolded through various prototypes, including the ID90, EB112, E118, and EB218. Each iteration delved into the rich history of the brand, seeking inspiration from the timeless classics that defined Bugatti’s legacy. The result was a meticulous blend of luxury and sportiness, encapsulated in the Bugatti 18/3 Chiron. This two-seater coupé boasted a powerful 6300 cc, 18-cylinder, 555 hp mid-rear engine, a technological marvel that paid homage to Bugatti’s commitment to performance. The Chiron, unveiled at the 1999 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, was a bold proclamation of Bugatti’s renaissance, capturing the spirit of the brand’s heritage while embracing modernity. The Chiron’s design showcased retro references to Bugatti’s storied past, seamlessly integrating classic elements with cutting-edge technology. The result was an authentic Bugatti for the new millennium, embodying the dual facets of the French manufacturer – the opulence of an extremely luxurious saloon and the raw power of a high-performance sports car. As the automotive world transitioned into the 21st century, the Bugatti 18/3 Chiron symbolized a harmonious convergence of tradition and progress. It stood as a living testament to the enduring legacy of Bugatti, inviting enthusiasts to appreciate the brand’s history while embracing the promise of an exhilarating future on the open road. Part of the Albert Spiess Collection, which has installed a W16.

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    1999
  • Make
    Bugatti
  • Model
    18/3 Chiron
  • Coachbuilder
    Italdesign
  • Length (mm)
    4420
  • Width (mm)
    1994
  • Height (mm)
    1150
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    1
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    W18
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    Fabrizio Giugiaro
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