Watch: The Bugatti Chiron Redefines the Hypercar

Although it was widely publicized as the fastest production ever when it launched, the Bugatti Veyron was never really held in as high esteem as other hypercars. It might be because of its focus on luxury or its clientele, most of whom were more interested in frequenting areas with high property values rather than racetracks, but the Veyron kind of got a bad wrap.

And that’s unfair, argues Drive Tribe’s Jethro Bovingdon, because it wasn’t just a car for posing in and saying 1,001, it was a genuinely good car to drive.

Regardless, the Chiron, it’s successor, won’t suffer the same fate. That’s because the car’s test driver, Loris Bicocchi, has had more input into the design of the new Bugatti.

Performance was prioritized over luxury, says Bicocchi, with more power being routed to the back wheels, to give the Chiron a rawer, more track-focused demeanor.

Has it worked? Well, according to Bovingdon, who took to the passenger seat while Biococchi was driving, yes. The Chiron has “a kind of precisely delivered violence that borders on surreal.” Moreover, “it feels genuinely agile.”