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The Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport Is a $3.6 Million Rebuke to Electrics

While the rest of the pack speeds towards electrification, this supercar’s commitment to combustion is extraordinary.

The 2021 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.

The 2021 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport.

Photographer: Hannah Elliott/Bloomberg

I didn’t arrive at a recent test drive of the 2021 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport expecting much.

Don’t get me wrong—given the car’s base price of $3.6 million, I expected quite a lot compared to every non-Bugatti car ever. But setting the 2021 Chiron against the searingly fast model I drove in 2018, I didn’t expect much of a change. It’s the same car with a different paint job and a new spoiler, I thought. Cosmetic tweaks at most.