The Bugatti Bolide looks like it came straight from a high budget Sci-Fi movie. However, the car is very real and the automaker will put it into production. Limited to 40 units only, each example will go for a cool $4.7 million.
The car’s esthetics really impressed the jury of designers at the 36th Festival Automobile International in Paris, so much so that they awarded it as the Most Beautiful Hypercar in the World.
To compete in the Hypercar category, a vehicle had to be “produced in series but sold for more than 60,000 euros” and “display a sporty design and outstanding performance”
Speaking of performance, this track only monster aims to impress, it comes with 1,578 horsepower (1,177 kilowatts), the same on the Super Sport 300+, but when powered on 110-octane racing fuel, the engine unlocks an astounding 1,825 hp (1,361 kW) at 7,000 rpm and 1,850 Newton-meters (1,365 pound-feet) of torque from 2,000 rpm. From 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) it takes an amazing 2.17 seconds while 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) is done in 4.36 seconds. Remember, this are all simulated performance numbers, real world tests are yet to be conducted. Bugatti further claims that the Bolide can hit 0-186 mph (0-300 km/h) run in 7.37 seconds and 0-249 mph (0-400 km/h) in 12.08 seconds, and lastly 0 to the top speed 311 mph (500 km/h) in just 20.16 seconds. In other words, the rule on “outstanding performance” is comfortably met.
In terms of design, well, just look at it, starting with the X shaped lights.
“Although extremely functional, the Bolide is brimming with Bugatti’s distinctive personality and tradition,” Nils Sajonz, Bugatti Design Head of Special Projects, explains. “Its creation was inspired by the weight-to-power philosophy of a young Ettore Bugatti, who upturned the world of motorsport in the 1920s by designing lightweight and nimble cars, such as the Type 35, that became practically unbeatable. Bolide is the ultimate culmination of that philosophy, pure in its design and its purpose.”
In case you are wondering, Bugatti Bolide has an impressive power ratio of 0.67 kilograms per horsepower. It weighs only 1,240 kilograms (2,734 pounds) or about as much as a typical European compact car.
Other winners in the Paris event include the Audi Q4 E-Tron Sportback which was named the most beautiful showcar, while the most beautiful concept car award went to the DS Aero Sport Lounge. Mercedes-Benz Vision AVTR took home the futuristic car award, and the Maserati MC20 was crowned the most beautiful supercar.