There are few cars more expensive than the $3.96 million Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. Fortunately, the off-the-lot costs aren’t quite as bad as some might think.
Over the weekend, a Facebook post claiming that owners of the limited-edition hypercar will spend nearly $500,000 servicing and maintaining the car every four years went viral. It’s easy to see why—that’s an eye-popping figure—but those claims are not true.
First, you won’t be on the hook for any maintenance fees the first few years you own the Chiron Pur Sport. That’s because the hypercar, like all Bugattis, comes with a four-year warranty, which includes one maintenance visit per year. The average Chiron is driven about 1,000 miles a year, so that visit might not even be necessary, but its encouraged to make sure your speed machine is in tip-top shape.
Second, the Molsheim-based marque has you covered even after your warranty runs out. Earlier this year, Bugatti launched the Passeport Tranquillité program, which costs $68,500 across four years. The extended service package, which is available for the Chiron and all its variants, includes one annual visit to an official Bugatti service partner, roadside support and a special car care kit with cleaning and detailing materials. Each visit for the Chiron should last around 14 hours, but every four years the vehicle will undergo a “major” servicing by trained technicians that takes 72 hours to complete.
As with any warranty or extended service plan, you will be on the hook for any damage that exceeds normal wear and tear. That’s true most cars, of course. It’s also true that supercars can be singularly expensive to repair. But the service plan should still provide some serious peace of mind. And when it runs out, you can re-up for another four years. It also transfers to the new owner should you sell your car mid-term.
That jaw-dropping price tag for service and maintenance wasn’t the Facebook post’s only inaccuracy, though. The Chiron Pur Sport may be a very complex and precisely engineered technological marvel, but it doesn’t require nearly as much work to keep running as the post’s author suggests. For instance, the rims won’t need to be swapped out every 14 months, nor do its specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport Cup R tires. Meanwhile, the W-12’s Garrett quad turbochargers have been known to last up to 15 years not four.
So, is the Chiron Pur Sport an expensive car? Without question. But will you end up spending as much maintaining it as you would on a brand-new supercar? Not if you’re smart.