When you’re facing off with a Lamborghini Aventador, you’d better have some tricks up your sleeves. And tricks are something the Bugatti Chiron has in spades. But which of the two trumps the other? Is one supercar just a little bit more ‘super’ than the competition? It’s a tough call. The Bugatti Chiron is one of the fastest vehicles ever built. The Lamborghini Aventador is, well, a Lamborghini. And that comes with certain expectations. But there can only ever be one winner. Find out which reigns supreme as we take a deep dive into the pros and cons of the Lamborghini Aventador and Bugatti Chiron.
When it comes to infotainment and connectivity, the Aventador fails to live up to its state-of-the-art, shiny good lucks. As caranddriver.com comments, the graphics are lousy and the integration is awkward. It’s not all bad news, though: as well as featuring voice commands and Apple CarPlay capability, there’s the option to save lap times and track data via a performance data recorder. It’s a similar story with the Bugatti Chiron. The sound system has impeccable sound quality, but other than a trip computer, that’s all the infotainment you can expect. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability aren't offered, and there’s no infotainment screen.
Ultimately, both cars have been created in the vein of race cars, with the focus kept squarely on performance. As a result, the tech content has been stripped back to the bare necessities. While neither car does exceptionally well on the infotainment score, the Aventador just nudges to victory.
The Winner: Lamborghini Aventador
Fuel Economy and MPG
A word of advice: if you’re concerned about fuel economy, don’t buy a Lamborghini Aventador. On second thoughts, don’t buy a Bugatti Chiron either. As reported via MSN, both cars rank as some of the least efficient on the market. The Bugatti does just 11 miles to the gallon, meaning it’ll cost you $7.34 to drive just 25 miles. Believe it or not, the Lamborghini Aventador fares exactly the same for combined mpg, but just manages to squeeze to the lead thanks to doing 1 mile per gallon better on the highway (15 vs. 14) than the Bugatti.
The Winner: Lamborghini Aventador
Fuel economy might be a concern for some people, but let’s face it - no one who buys a Lamborghini Aventador or a Bugatti Chiron is going to be too bothered about how many miles they get to the gallon. When you’re laying down several million for a supercar, speed is what you want. And speed is exactly what you get with both the Lamborghini Aventador and the Bugatti Chiron. But which is the fastest? According to Bugatti, the Chiron can get from zero to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds and is capable of top speeds of 261 mph. The Lamborghini, meanwhile, boasts top speeds of 217-mph and can get from 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds. You’re fast, Aventador, but no match for the Chiron… expect when it comes to taking turns. Pitch the two cars side by side on a straight race track, and the Bugatti will get to the other end first. Do the same on a track with a few twists and turns, and as prestigeimports.com notes, the 1000lb smaller Aventador will handle the bends with greater aplomb than the weightier Bugatti.
The Winner: Bugatti Chiron (but only just)
The Aventador has been around for a while now and its age is starting to show in its slightly tired interior. Although any customer willing to blow a hole in their budget has the option to upgrade things via a selection of premium materials and personalized options, there’s still something slightly under par about the overall design. Luggage space is limited (to say the least), while the cabin’s clearly not designed for such a practical purpose as holding goods. The Bugatti, by contrast, is as stylish on the inside as it is on the outside. Its lucky owners can expect premium materials as standard, futuristic styling, and glossy finishing touches. Like the Aventador, space isn’t exactly generous: expect no more than around two cubic feet to stow your luggage. But given the gorgeousness of its cabin, we’ll forgive it the size of its trunk.
The Winner: Bugatti Chiron
When a car’s capable of exceeding 200 miles per hour, you’re going to want to know you’re not risking life and limb when you push down on the accelerator. So, how do the Lamborghini Aventador and Bugatti Chiron fare when it comes to safety? Looking at the Bugatti Chiron first, pretty shabbily, as it turns out. Not only has it not been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), it also comes up short on driver-assistance safety features such as blind-spot monitoring. The Lamborghini Aventador fares no better. Ultimately, neither are designed to be family-friendly workhorses, so it’s perhaps understandable that both manufactures have decided to skip any technology (be it for safety or not) that could weigh the cars down.
The Winner: Tied
Lamborghini Aventador vs. Bugatti Chiron: And the Winner is….
So, we’ve seen how both the Lamborghini Aventador and the Bugatti Chiron perform across a range of criteria. But which one’s the overall winner? As it happens, it’s a straight tie. Both 100% deserve the title of ‘supercar’, and both are among the best in kind when it comes to power and speed. While the Lamborghini Aventador might be coming to the end of its life cycle, it’s still one heck of a car, with the kind of speed and design that, for very good reason, can still make motor-heads go weak at the knees. The Bugatti Chiron, meanwhile, is no less remarkable, with a flashy, futuristic style that’s bested only by its performance and power. If you’re in the market for a fast car, and you’ve got the kind of spending power they demand, you won’t find yourself disappointed with either one.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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