The Bugatti Chiron and the Porsche 918 Spyder were like ships passing through the night. As one withdrew, the other arrived. The Porsche disappeared in 2015 with the arrival of the new Bugatti in 2016. While you could put both in the hypercar category, they achieve these jaw-dropping speeds differently. The Porsche is a plug-in hybrid, but the Bugatti isn’t, and the drag racing in the video above shows which is faster.
The power of the Porsche comes from the combination of a 4.6-liter V8 with two electric motors. Combined horsepower is 887 horsepower (661 kilowatts) and 944 pound-feet (1347 Newton-meters) of torque. It was a powerhouse when Porsche introduced it in 2013, but the Chiron towers over it. The Bugatti develops 1,500 horsepower (1,118 kW) and 1,180 lb-ft (1,600 Nm) of torque thanks to its 8.0-liter W16 engine. However, although there is a huge performance gap, the race is not a mad race for the Bugatti.
It’s hard to say, but it looks like the Porsche has got off to a better start than the Bugatti, but the slight lead is only momentary. At the end of the race, the Bugatti had closed the gap and gained the lead. The video quality is not superb, but Bugatti crossed the finish line in front of the Porsche, taking the victory. You can see the brake lights of the 918 come on before the Bugatti.
While there is a substantial performance difference between the two, the Porsche has followed suit rather well. Both manufacturers claim a mid-sprint of 2.0 seconds to 62 miles per hour (100 km / h), although the Bugatti’s top speed eclipses that of the Porsche – 345 km / h to 261 mph (420 km / h) h). But performance often comes down to more than just numbers on a page. It seems odd to pair Porsche’s hybrid performance with Bugatti power, but there is more than one way to winning a race.