July 21, 2024
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The Top 5 Most Impressive Features of the $4-Million Bugatti Tourbillon with 1800 HP

Bugatti just revealed its newest multimillion-dollar hypercar, the Tourbillon. Even though it breaks away from Bugatti’s recent tradition of naming its cars after famous drivers from its past, the name still makes sense. The connection is not only due to the fact that a tourbillon is a finely-crafted mechanical marvel made with precision, or because it is a French invention like the brand itself. The name also hints at the exorbitant price tag attached to Bugatti ownership, which is in the billions. (Bullion works as a pun too.)

The car’s specifications are truly remarkable. Instead of the powerful quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine found in its predecessors, the Chiron and Veyron (and all their variations) generating between 1000 to 1578 horsepower, the Tourbillon boasts an even more extravagant powertrain. It features a naturally aspirated 1000-hp 8.3-liter V-16 engine, along with an 800-hp trio of electric motors, two powering the front wheels and one assisting the internal combustion engine at the rear. Bugatti has stated that, after breaking the 300 mph barrier, chasing speed records is now considered tacky, focusing instead on acceleration and maximum velocity to offer its clientele a thrilling driving experience that could give them a temporary facelift!

Now that blistering acceleration is within reach for anyone with enough lithium-ion cells — or a partnership with Rimac Technologies, the electric performance division of Rimac Automobili, the Croatian electric supercar manufacturer that Bugatti joined forces with a few years ago — a Bugatti must deliver more than just speed. It must provide an unparalleled experience, a memorable occasion, enduring joy.

Our preferred aspects of the new vehicle achieve exactly that. Keep reading to discover what we mean.

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Dashboard: It’s unclear if the car’s name inspired the design of its dashboard, but Bugatti has elevated the entire Tourbillon experience with a collection of gauges crafted with the same precision and elegance as a fine Swiss watch mechanism. Constructed from titanium, sapphire, and ruby components, these gauges perform a stunning analog ballet. To ensure owners have the best possible view of their gauge needles’ movement, Bugatti has created a steering wheel with a fixed hub, connecting the spokes to the column behind the “skeletonized cluster.”

This unique design ensures that the beautiful gauges remain visible regardless of the wheel’s position. We especially appreciate the central tachometer-inside-the-speedometer configuration, reminiscent of a similar layout in the first-generation Honda Prelude.

Deployable screen of a Bugatti Tourbillon

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(Nearly) Screen-Free Interior: Hail Carrus — the car enthusiast god with the head of a jackal and the body of an Olympic gymnast! Bugatti is going against the automotive grain of overwhelming LCD screens. This unconventional stance extends beyond the analog instrument cluster mentioned earlier, encompassing the entire cabin. In place of screens, Bugatti has opted for a center console crafted from a single piece of billet aluminum, infused with glass crystal and adorned with knurled aluminum controls. Physical knobs and buttons on this console and the steering wheel manage common functions such as adjusting the climate control, entertainment volume, traction settings, and driving modes.

Luxury car manufacturers across the globe, take note! For those who prefer to avoid screens, a small hidden display, roughly the size of a phone, is discreetly integrated into the dashboard. It automatically rises in two seconds to serve as a mandatory backup camera in portrait mode when the vehicle is put in reverse, and can be brought up in five seconds with the press of a button for full landscape mode Apple CarPlay features.

Rear 3/4 view of a blue Bugatti Tourbillon

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Weight Reduction: As customer demands for increased performance, comfort, and interior space continue to rise, cars tend to become heavier with each new generation. The addition of a complex electrified powertrain can amplify this weight gain, resulting in a substantial increase from previous models. Weighing over two tons, the outgoing Bugatti Chiron was no lightweight. However, despite the incorporation of three electric motors, a 24.8-kWh battery, and an enlargement of the engine, interior, and cargo area, the Tourbillon weighs less than its predecessor. This feat was achieved through various methods: utilizing carbon composite materials, integrating the battery as a structural component, manufacturing frames from thin-wall aluminum castings, and employing 3D printing for structural reinforcements, suspension components, and aerodynamic elements. Bugatti even managed to reduce the weight of the massive engine, which now weighs “only” 555 pounds compared to the nearly 900-pound W16 engine in the previous model. It’s an intriguing thought as to whether the combined weight of these 32 cylinders is greater or less than the 12.8-liter straight-8 engine that powered the

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