Aside from a price tag that only a James Bond villain could love, there's nothing we don't covet in the Bugatti Chiron. Bugatti says the record run is "the first step" in an even more ambitious goal. The acceleration bit took 32.6 seconds and 2.6km.
"The fastest I've ever been in a race auto is 407 kmh in an Indy vehicle back in the day, so that was a new all-time speed record for me", Montoya told Top Gear.
On Monday, Bugatti once again demonstrated the awesome capabilities of its newest auto with a record setting run that saw the Chiron accelerate from a standstill to 400 kph (249 mph) and then come to a stop in just 41.96 seconds. An 8.0-liter W16 engine with nearly 1,500 horsepower will guarantee that, after all. That, Bugatti points out, is the fastest time ever reached and officially measured for a production vehicle.
Bugatti plans to demonstrate the car's top speed next year, when the new 1479bhp hypercar is expected to be faster than the 268mph recorded in the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport seven years ago.
With IndyCar and ex-Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya at the helm, a production-spec Chiron accelerated from 0-249 miles per hour and came to a complete stop in a mind-bending 41.96 seconds.
The time was 41.96 seconds, which on the surface may appear a bit underwhelming. "Just like we did with the Chiron", said Wolfgang Dürheimer, president of Bugatti. Once the driver hit the brakes, it took him another 9.3 seconds and 491 metres to come to a complete halt.
Not that Bugatti needs to prove the Chiron is quick, but when you have a 1,479-hp supercar, you might as well set some records.
It's thought the 1,479bhp Chiron, which is now electronically limited to 261mph, will attempt to break overall 267.4mph speed record set by its predecessor - the Veyron Super Sport - in 2018.