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€3 million Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is a lighter, more agile take on the Chiron

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The Bugatti Chiron Super Sport wowed the world when it hit the 300 mph threshold. Now, the luxury supercar manufacturer has introduced a lighter, more agile variant of the Chiron that is designed to tackle winding roads with aplomb.

The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport is an aerodynamic masterpiece that generates more downforce the the Super Sport. The company says that even at moderate speed the car will "stimulate all the senses thanks to a close-ratio transmission, high-performance tires with a new material mix geared towards extreme grip as well as an agile chassis and suspension setup."

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport The car features a large rear wing.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

"We spoke to customers and realised they wanted a vehicle that is geared even more towards agility and dynamic cornering. A hypersports car that yearns for country roads with as many bends as possible. An unadulterated, uncompromising driving machine" said Stephan Winkelmann, President of Bugatti. "By cutting the weight by 50 kilogrammes while simultaneously boosting the downforce and configuring an uncompromising, sporty chassis as well as suspension setup, the Chiron Pur Sport boasts incredible grip, sensational acceleration and extraordinarily accurate handling. It's the most uncompromising yet agile Bugatti of recent times."

The car's front end features wide air inlets and an enlarged horseshoe panel at the bottom. Its splitter protruding at the front while primary lines run across the air outlets on the front wing , described as being like "tendons on a muscle" by Bugatti.

A new wheel design lightens the wheels by 16 kilograms each and features available aero blades. Bugatti and Michelin co-developed an exclusive Bugatti Sport Cup 2 R tire in 285/30 R20 dimensions at the front and 355/25 R21 at the rear to match the new aero wheel design. The modified tire structure and a rubber mix creates more grip, boosting the vehicle's lateral acceleration by 10 percent, which allows drivers to take corners faster.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Available aero tires sport a unique design.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

A new optional split paintwork is available on the Chiron Pur Sport. The entire bottom third of the car is exposed carbon fiber.

The back of the Chiron Pur Sport houses a 1.9-meter spoiler. Angled wing mounts form a large X in conjunction with a rear apron. The car's tailpipe is made from 3D-printed titanium. Using 3D printing allowed Bugatti to make the tailpipe slimmer though equally as effective, saving weight.

The chassis setup features 65 percent firmer springs in the front and 33 percent firmer springs at the rear than the Chiron as well as adaptive damping control. Overall, the car is 130 percent firmer in the front and 77 percent firmer at the rear. The car's carbon-fiber stabilizers minimize roll making the car more easily able to take on winding roads.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport The car is designed to take on the winding, open road with ease.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

Bugatti has given the model a 8.0-liter W16 engine that is paired with a retuned transmission that allows for gear ratio that is 15 percent closer than before. The car unleashes its full power at 350 km/h. Bugatti has increased the maximum speed of the engine by 200 rpm to 6,900 room. The Chiron Pur Sport accelerates from 60 to 120 km/h almost two seconds faster than Chiron.

If you're looking for an opulent interior, look at another car. The interior of the Bugatti is raw and minimal. Large surfaces are upholstered with Alcantara including the steering wheel. All trim elements including buttons and controls are either black, anodized aluminum or titanium. Contrasting color stitching and the steering wheel's 12 o'clock spoke and the blue centre spine add a bit of excitement to the cabin.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport To save weight, Bugatti covered the interior of the car with Alcantara.Photo courtesy of Bugatti

Production of the Chiron Pur Sport will start in the second half of 2020. It is limited to a 60-unit run. Models are priced at three million euros excluding VAT.

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Vonlane typically runs luxury bus service to multiple high-priority locations in Texas and beyond.

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Texas-based luxury bus company Vonlane is back on the road following the winter storm, offering limited routes to travelers among Houston, Dallas, and Austin.

"Upon conducting road tests around the state, we are confident that we can now deliver our normal exceptional travel experience," the Dallas-based company said in a February 19 email to customers.

A quick check of the schedule online shows it's possible to book one-way and roundtrip travel from the Houston Downtown Hyatt Regency to Dallas Doubletree at Love Field or the Austin Hyatt Regency, beginning Friday, February 19.

Rates are $105 each way.

Routes to and from Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City are not yet available.

Vonlane buses are operating with a number of COVID-19 protocols, including blocked seats for social distancing. Face masks and temperature checks are required.

Vonlane launched its high-end bus service in 2014 to cater to business travelers. Each bus, which holds fewer than two dozen passengers, features amenities like WiFi, satellite TV and radio, snack and drink service, and leather seats.

Reservations can be booked online, and may be canceled and fully refunded up to 24 hours before departure.


The original version of this story can be found on AutomotiveMap's sister site, CultureMap.

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 comes to a dealership near you later this quarter.

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The 2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 is the V8-powered Wrangler y'all have been asking for. Now we know how much 470 horsepower under the hood will cost you - $73,500 - and that's before taxes, fees, and any dealership markup.

With typical Wrangler Rubicon looks on the outside, the Rubicon 392's big selling point is its engine. The 6.4-liter V8 can get from zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Jeep is equipping the Rubicon 392 with a 21.5-gallon fuel tank to help with the thirsty engine's range. To save on fuel, the Rubicon 392 uses cylinder deactivation to switch into four-cylinder mode when the V8 isn't needed.

2021 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392

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The noise out back is courtesy of a two-mode performance exhaust. A functional air scoop feeds the engine and keeps it cool.

All that power requires a stronger frame than the typical Wrangler has. It gets upgraded frame rails, improved cast-iron steering knuckles, and beefier front upper control arms. Stopping power comes from the SUV's larger-than-usual brakes - the Rubicon 392 has 14-inch rotors instead of the Rubicon's typical 13.4-inchers. A 2.0-inch lift is standard.

Jeep has given the model an Off-Road Plus button that lets you lock the rear of the Wrangler Rubicon 392 while it's in four-wheel drive high gear. This functionality will prove especially helpful to desert trekking enthusiasts who get slippery sand under the tires but have to keep up their forward motion so they don't sink and get stuck.

It's also Moab-ready. The Wrangler Rubicon 392 doesn't have the Rock-Trac transfer case that's in the typical Rubicon, but it makes up for it with the availability of low-end torque courtesy of the new V8. Add in the standard Select-Trac transfer case, locking rear differentials, and front sway bar disconnect and adventuring on rocks just became more manageable.

The entire rig rides on 33-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires that sit at all four corners one 17-inch beadlock-capable tires.

Jeep has given the SUV 11 features that are normally options on Wrangler, nine color choices for buyers to pick from, and bronze colored accents. At the center of the dashboard is an n8.4-inch infotainment screen that allows Jeep Off-Road Pages to be viewed.

Mopar will offer factory-based accessories with the model.

The new Jeep is expected to arrive at dealerships in the first quarter of this year.

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