As if we didn’t see that coming from a mile ago. The 1,479 hp Bugatti Chiron was never meant to be the most fuel-efficient supercar anyway.
You don’t buy a 1,479 hp hypercar with a 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine to complain about it being too thirsty. It will not be a light-sipper which’ll drink fuel like a glass of wine. It’ll chug it all down like beer from a barrel. So when the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) tested the Bugatti Chiron and posted the fuel efficiency figures, nobody was shocked by how low those numbers were.
But there is a bit of good news here. The Chiron is slightly better than its iconic predecessor – the Bugatti Veyron – when it comes to fuel consumption. Breaking things down to the usual categories of highway, city and combined, the Chiron shows minor improvement over the Veyron in two of those test cases.
Drive around the city and the Bugatti Chiron will return 9 miles to the gallon which is a more than the Veyron’s 8 mpg. But head out into the highways and things take a turn for the worse on the comparison chart. While the Chiron’s highway fuel efficiency is a significant improvement over its urban drinking habits, the 14 mpg figure is less than the Veyron’s 15 mpg.
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A combined number of 11 mpg is where the Bugatti Chiron earns back some more respect over the Veyron. The revered predecessor on the other hand, returns 10 miles to the gallon for the combined category.
While the numbers may look awful and shocking to those of luxury sedans, SUVs, sports cars and even some of those big-league supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ford, these fuel economy figures aren’t going to turn away any of the affluent customers who are interested in owning the $3 million Chiron.
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Source: Car and Driver