GENEVA — The 1,500-horsepower 2017 Bugatti Chiron is on sale now at Bugatti dealerships for billionaires who can afford the super sports car's $2.6 million price tag. It debuted at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.
"Dealers are taking orders now," Bugatti spokeswoman Breanna Buhr told Edmunds on Monday. "Deliveries will begin in the fall. Buyers should note that orders have been taken for a third of the production volume."
The car originally was shown to selected customers in the brand's key markets during private previews.
Buhr said Bugatti does not break out a destination charge or any gas-guzzler tax on the car.
The Chiron, the highly anticipated successor to the Bugatti Veyron, is limited to a production run of 500 cars. Named for prewar Bugatti driver Louis Chiron, it targets the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder.
Superlatives are the order of the day when it comes to describing the Chiron, which features the brand's new curvaceous design language.
"The Chiron is the world's most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car," Bugatti said in a statement.
It is equipped with a revised, quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine with four turbochargers. Top speed is pegged at 261 mph for "road use," with acceleration from zero to 62 mph in less than 2.5 seconds.
A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, new titanium exhaust system and permanent all-wheel drive round out the package.
The Chiron is "very well-positioned to become the next world speed record holder," Bugatti said.
Edmunds says: The only way to follow up the world's fastest and most powerful car is with a car that bests it in every way.