Sometimes, we wonder why certain things need to be quantified. How much money does Jeff Bezos have? What time exactly is sunrise? The answers to such questions are obvious: A lot, and always earlier than you’d like. Specifics will only make you feel worse. The same goes for the fuel economy ratings assigned to the 2021 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, the slower and more handling-focused version of the already radically over-capable, 300-mph-plus Chiron hypercar. Here is a land missile in hypercar drag with a 1,479-hp quad-turbocharged W-16 engine—so how many mpg do you think it’s good for? Not a lot? Right you are.
Because the EPA doesn’t take “not a lot” as good enough data for window sticker fuel economy ratings, the Chiron Pur Sport’s mpg figures must be quantified. Thus: The Pur Sport is EPA-rated for only 8 mpg in the city, 13 mpg on the highway, and a perfect 10 mpg combined. Those figures improbably make it even less efficient than the roughly 110-pounds-heavier Chiron (the regular model), which carries 9 mpg city, 14 mpg highway, and 11 mpg combined EPA estimates. Blame the Pur Sport’s fixed rear wing and other downforce-enhancing aero bits, which surely drag down its fuel economy somewhat, along with its new Bugatti-specific Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires.
Amusingly, the EPA includes the same consumer-friendly data beyond the miles-per-gallon figures for would-be Chiron Pur Sport buyers that it would for, say, a Nissan Versa. That includes an estimate for how much more money you’ll spend in fuel costs over five years compared to “the average new vehicle” (a cool $15,000, given how the average new 2021 vehicle earns a 27 mpg rating); the estimated annual fuel outlay ($4,150, assuming 15,000 miles of driving at sub-200-mph speeds); and the cost to drive 25 miles ($6.93). It probably goes without saying, but the Chiron Pur Sport is tied with the Lamborghini Aventador as the least-efficient new car for sale in 2021.
For anyone who can afford one of the 60 Chiron Pur Sports that Bugatti will be selling for $3.5 million a pop, thinking about annual fuel costs is like tracking the cost-to-own figures for a mega-yacht or a private jet. The answers to some questions are just plain obvious . . .
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