The Bugatti Chiron Profilée, a one-of-a-kind piece of Bugatti history, has sold for an incredible price of 9,792,500 Euros at the RM Sotheby’s auction, which took place in Paris on February 1st.
The sale represented a seminal moment for the brand as it also marked the last Bugatti with an 8.0-litre W16 engine from the Atelier to be sold. This remarkable engine, which sits at the very heart of the Chiron Profilée, is recognised by aficionados as an engineering masterpiece and is, without doubt, one of the finest internal combustion engines ever created.
The Chiron Profilée boasts a 1,500 PS development of the quad-turbo 8.0-liter engine found in the Chiron Pur Sport. Featuring 15 per cent shorter transmission ratios than the Chiron Pur Sport, the Profilée can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.3 seconds and up to 200 km/h in 5.5 seconds.
Unsurprisingly, the pace of the bidding to secure such a prestigious prize was almost as frenetic as the mesmerizing performance of the Profilée, both in the salesroom and on the telephone. A percentage of the total was donated to a local charity.
Christophe Piochon, President of Bugatti Automobiles, said: “Congratulations to the new owner of the Chiron Profilée! This automotive solitaire was developed in response to customer demand for a less extreme version of the Chiron Pur Sport.
“We knew that this one pre-series car, which features unique design attributes and benefits from special aerodynamics developments, was too exceptional to be hidden away. And there was no better choice than to auction it, to give all Bugatti enthusiasts a chance to secure the last ever Bugatti available for sale directly from the Bugatti Atelier powered by the W16 engine.’