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The Bugatti Chiron Doesn’t Get Great Gas Mileage

On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

How often is the number of cylinders in a car’s engine greater than the total miles it can travel on a gallon of gasoline? Rarely, we’d say. That’s the case for the Bugatti Chiron, and it’s just one more stat that proves this is not a normal car. For those who might use it as one—schlepping to the mall, dropping the kid off at school, heading out of town for the weekend—know that according to the EPA, their Bugatti will get nine mpg in the city and 14 on the highway, which makes for 11 mpg combined.

Bugatti Chiron

That’s because it has, among countless other things, a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine producing 1500 horsepower and 1180 lb-ft of torque. It does zero to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. It can even make bright-blue wheels look cool.

You may be wondering: How does the Chiron stack up against its competitive set? The Lamborghini Aventador S is rated at 10/17/12 mpg (city/highway/combined), the Ferrari 812 Superfast at 12/16/13, and the Ford GT (which has 10 fewer cylinders than the Chiron, by the way) at 11/18/14. So there’s more for fuel-economy-conscious supercar shoppers to take into consideration.

But for those putting pencil to paper to see how a Chiron fits into their budget, there’s another factor to consider: On top of the cost of gas—and the Bugatti takes premium—those EPA numbers mean that the Chiron will be subject to a gas-guzzler tax of $6400, which is included in the hypercar’s $2,998,000 MSRP. Somehow, we doubt that this prospect will dampen sales, no matter how tax-averse the Chiron’s owner base.

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