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, Volume 78, Issue 3, pp 18–25 | Cite as

The 16-cylinder High-performance Engine in the Bugatti Chiron

  • Wolfgang DürheimerEmail author
  • Willi Netuschil
  • Andreas Kurowski
  • Gregor Gries
Cover Story

From a technical viewpoint, the highlight of the Bugatti Chiron is again the power plant. The sixteen-cylinder engine with 1103 kW and a maximum torque of 1600 Nm is the heart of the newly developed production super sports car. It was used for the Veyron 16.4 and has been enhanced in an evolutionary manner for the Chiron.

The Route to Further Improve Performance

The W16 engine in the Chiron reaches its maximum output of 1103 kW at a nominal engine speed of 6700 rpm. Generating a maximum torque of 1600 Nm, which is constantly available in the wide engine speed range between 2000 and 6000 rpm, the engine underlines its exceptional position. Compared with the 883 kW engine in the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, the engineers were able to compensate the dynamic deficits in producing the maximum torque by using sequential turbocharging. Furthermore the maximum low-end torque could be reached 1000 rpm earlier despite the torque increase from 1500 to 1600 Nm. In particular, the broad torque...



A big thanks for the work carried out and his participation as co-author goes to Dipl.-Ing. Tilo Fürstenberg, Head of Engine Testing at Bugatti in Molsheim (France).

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Dürheimer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Willi Netuschil
    • 2
  • Andreas Kurowski
    • 3
  • Gregor Gries
    • 4
  1. 1.Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbHWiesbadenGermany
  2. 2.Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbHWiesbadenGermany
  3. 3.Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbHWiesbadenGermany
  4. 4.Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbHWiesbadenGermany

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