L’Ultime: The Last Bugatti Chiron Super Sport

Bugatti has unveiled the last example of the Chiron hypercar, eight long years after its grand debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Limited to a mere 500 units, the last Chiron, christened ‘L’Ultime,’ has been meticulously hand-assembled by the skilled artisans in Molsheim. This final farewell to Chiron marks the closing of an extraordinary era of performance that saw it become the first 1,500 PS roadgoing car as well as the first production car to surpass 300 mph. And just as it entered the world with spectacular elegance and power, so too does its production end, on the cusp of an all-new Bugatti era.

The special model merges the original Chiron’s French Racing Blue and Atlantic Blue hues, albeit in a reversed sequence and with a distinctive gradient between them. Additionally, both the front and rear wheels are individually painted to complement the bodywork’s shades. To top it off, an exclusive blue Bugatti macaron graces the grille, symbolizing the brand’s prowess and the evolution of its craftsmanship over the past eight years. 

Behind the driver sits an 8.0-liter W-16 engine that is force fed by four turbochargers, which produces the same 1,578 hp (1,177 kW / 1,600 PS) as every other example of the Chiron Super Sport. The car’s seven-speed dual-clutch has also been revised for faster shifts and the increased power output.

This is not a standard Super Sport however, with an entirely bespoke exterior design featuring hand-written number ‘500’ is prominently displayed on the exterior, wheel caps, rear wing, and engine cover housing the magnificent Bugatti W16 powertrain. This number not only signifies the final unit but also highlights Bugatti’s more than 115-year journey, during which it has produced 500 unparalleled works of art inspired by Ettore Bugatti’s original vision.  Additionally, the colors of the French flag on the mirror caps proudly showcase Bugatti’s country of origin.

Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles, bid farewell to the Chiron while confirming the unveiling of a new model next month, stating, “This 500th and final Chiron model is a fitting farewell that captures a defining legacy, which will forever be etched in automotive history and paves the way for a bright new chapter. This journey starts with the production of the Bolide and the W16 Mistral and continues with the unveiling of our new model in June.”