Bugatti Chiron fuel economy ratings better than Veyron, still dismal

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The Bugatti Chiron returns some pretty poor fuel economy figures, but are you surprised? Likely not.

Nevertheless, Veyron owners interested in a Chiron may be delighted to hear the latest supercar will return marginally better gas mileage while putzing around town.

According to the EPA, the Chiron's 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 consumes fuel at the rate ready for it? 9 mpg city, 14 highway and 11 combined. To reiterate, that means the Chiron will chug one gallon of gasoline every nine miles it's driven around town. Another stat: the Chiron consumes 9.1 gallons of fuel every 100 miles. Yikes.

Then again, anyone buying a Chiron certainly isn't worried about paying for gas—the supercar commands a $2.6 million starting price.

Compared to the Bugatti Veyron, it's technically a wash. The Veyron returns 8 mpg city and 15 highway. That one extra mile per gallon from the Chiron isn't anything extraordinary, and as they say, your mileage may vary. In the case of a 4-figure-horsepower exotic, mileage will likely vary quite a bit, we'd reckon.

In the realm of supercars, the Chiron isn't an outlier. The 2017 Ford GT returns similarly dismal ratings—11 mpg city, 18 highway and 14 combined—and it's a lightweight V-6.

Moral of the story? Eco-minded individuals need not apply for the Bugatti Chiron. Besides, frugal doesn't always mean boring. Just look at the Porsche 918 Spyder.

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