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Car pictures of the week

Jordan Katsianis
20 Apr 2018

Mesmerising to any and all who see it, the Bugatti Chiron puts the hyper into hypercar

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It’s easy to become complacent with supercars in the halls of evo. McLarens, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, you name it, they’ve all passed our way, each making the last seem more dull, more basic, more pedestrian. There are exceptions to this rule, though, one of which is impossible not to elicit genuine wonderment from all who see it. Bugatti, the Alsatian manufacturer responsible for some of the most illustrious cars in history, is one such exception, and its staggering Chiron is the star of this week’s ‘car pictures of the week’ gallery.

It’s impossible to talk about the Bugatti Chiron without talking about a certain four-digit number: 1497 is not only the number of cubic centimetres of capacity that (nearly) makes up the next Ford Fiesta ST’s engine, it’s also the horsepower output of the Chiron’s 8-litre W16, quad-turbocharged powerplant (the word ‘engine’ here just doesn’t do it justice).

> Click here for our review of the £2.5m Bugatti Chiron

An overused term, perhaps, but the Bugatti Chiron’s powertrain is an engineering masterpiece, a legacy of the pride Volkswagen, or more accurately the former VW boss Ferdinand Piëch, put into his so-called ‘vanity projects’. The Chiron may have come after Piëch’s reign, but it reeks of his influence.

The exquisite attention to detail wasn’t just focused under the skin, though. Inside, the Chiron has a minimalist, pared-back design in much the same way as an expensive Italian kitchen. Material is key, the fine-grained leather, the milled aluminium switchgear, all designed and, crucially, executed as close to perfection as possible. Each of the components has a typically ridiculous cost, but the billionaire buyers of the Chiron will not want to see indicator stalks nicked from an Audi in their statement of success.

The same attention has been paid to the exterior, too – elements like the rear light bar being milled from a single block of aluminium, inside of which is a full-width light bar whose internal layers of diffusing material have the perfect amount of opacity to create the brilliantly uniform, unbroken spear of red light when illuminated.

It’s easy to get lost in the detail, but perhaps what the Chiron does better than its predecessor most is create real lust from its staggering design. The Veyron’s squashed Beetle profile and rounded surfaces were of its time, but you might say they struggled to purvey the serious content underneath. Look at the menacing, all-black example in these images and we doubt you would say the same about the Chiron. 


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Below are some of our favourite evo car pictures of the week from 2017. Click on the images for the full gallery.

Gallery 1

Click on the image below to see all the images of our first car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring the indomitable Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTIFord Shelby Mustang GT350 and the stunning Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer.


Gallery 2

Here we dig further back into the evo archives where we pull out some iconic images of the Ford GT slightly out of context in the European Alps, a TVR Sagaris in central Detroit, the Audi RS2 as well as one of our most iconic twin tests between the Ferrari 599 GTO and Lexus LF-A.


Gallery 3

The previous-generation Bentley Continental GT seemed to get better with age, a notion mirrored by the Jag E-type when in modern ‘lightweight’ form. Both of these British icons, as well as the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 feature in gallery three.


Gallery 4

Fans might have cried fowl when Ferrari decided to turbocharge the Ferrari 488, but it’s not like Ferrari don’t have a history with turbocharged V8 engines. Here the 488 co-stars alongside the stunning F40, while elsewhere in this gallery we take a Porsche Cayman GTS to Japan for a stunning mountain blast.


Gallery 5

Italian twelve-cylinder supercars seem to be the main agenda in the fourth evo car pictures of the week gallery, here featuring four V12 Lambos and the stunning 599 SA Aperta limited edition alongside its 550 Barchetta predecessor.


Gallery 6

GT3s and GT-Rs are just the beginning for gallery number six, with the Noble M600Aston Martin One-77 and a couple of McLaren flagships filling out our most amazing gallery yet.


Porsche 911 GT3 991.2 – side

Gallery 7

A gallery of new and old, here the McLaren 720S cemented its place as a truly great supercar alongside a daring night shoot with an Audi R8 LMX, pitch a Nissan GT-R and Audi Quattro against each other on Welsh mountain roads and drive the original 'Hakosuka' GT-R.


 

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