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Design Battle: Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport v Koenigsegg Jesko

Two hypercars enter, only one can reign supreme. Which gets your vote?

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For this Design Battle, we’ve chosen two of the most powerful, fastest, exclusive and expensive hypercars of our time.

In the left corner is the Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport. In the right corner is its fiercest rival from Sweden, the Koenigsegg Jesko.

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

Unveiled digitally due to the cancelled 2020 Geneva Motor Show as a track-oriented version of the Bugatti Chiron, in contrast with the record-breaking Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ which is focused on sheer top speed.

The Pur Sport has a limited production run of 60 units, with a price tag of €3 million excluding taxes.

Designer: Achim Anscheidt, Bugatti Head of Design
Engine: 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 petrol producing 1103kW and 1600Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed short-ratio dual-clutch automatic
0-100km/h: 2.3 seconds
0-200km/h: 5.9 seconds
Top speed: 350km/h
Dimensions: 4544mm long, 2038mm wide, 1212mm tall, 2711mm wheelbase
Weight: 1946kg

Koenigsegg Jesko

The Jesko was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva motor show as a successor to the Koenigsegg Agera model line.

The Jesko was named after Christian von Koenigsegg’s father, and will be produced in a limited number of 125 units. All of them are already sold with a price tag of more than US$3 million dollars.

Designer: Christian von Koenigsegg, founder and CEO of Koenigsegg
Engine: 5.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine producing 1195kW and 1500Nm on E85
Transmission: Nine-speed multi-clutch ‘Light Speed Transmission’
0-100km/h: Not yet released
0-200km/h: Not yet released
Top speed: Not yet released
Dimensions: 4610mm long, 2030mm wide, 1210mm tall, 2700mm wheelbase
Weight: 1420kg

Round 1: Front end

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

The front end of the Chiron Pur Sport is dominated by an enlarged three-dimensional horseshoe grille, where almost all of the lines originate. The front bumper is redesigned compared to other Chiron derivatives with larger air intakes that as if they merge with the grille due to their exposed carbon-fibre frame and splitter.

The headlights also have a slightly different shape but retain their aggressive angle and characteristic recessed four-piece LED graphics. There are additional openings on the front fenders for the air to escape.

Overall, the Chiron looks like its ready to attack the road, with a menacing look.

Koenigsegg Jesko

The Jesko proposes an evolution to Koenigsegg’s design with a fresh approach to its details. Up front, the slim and almost triangular headlights are positioned vertically on the fenders, giving the car an opulent look.

Below, the bumper has a clean design with a single wide air intake, a low nose, and a huge carbon-fibre front splitter that works together with the active under-body flaps and the additional fins on both sides of the bumper, contribute to more downforce.

The air entering the lower intakes exits from the wide opening on the bonnet and the vents on the fenders.

Last but not least, the wraparound windshield is retained, as a signature element of all Koenigseggs, merging with the side window graphics. 

Design Battle: Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport v Koenigsegg Jesko

Round 2: Profile

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

In profile, the Chiron Pur Sport has classic modern-era Bugatti proportions, with the C shape enclosing the side air intakes, surrounding the cabin, and adding visual weight to the rear shoulders.

The unique lightweight magnesium wheels shod in Michelin Sport Cup 2 R tires (285/30 R20 front, 355/25 R21 rear) feature optional aero-blades to minimise air turbulence and increase downforce.

The optional two-tone paint leaves the bottom half of the car in exposed carbon-fibre, giving greater emphasis to the track-oriented nature of this version.

Koenigsegg Jesko

The profile of the Jesko is typical Koenigsegg, with its cab-forward look, low nose, aircraft-inspired window graphics, egg-shaped removable canopy, dihedral synchro-helix doors, large side intakes, and long tail.

The aerodynamic components are the most extreme ever fitted to a Koenigsegg, and produce up to 1000kg of downforce at 275km/h. The optional lightweight five-spoke carbon-fibre wheels with white graphics are shod in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (optionally Pilot Sport Cup 2 R).

The Jesko is also equipped with Autoskin technology which allows simultaneous remote operation of the doors and hoods from the key.

Round 3: Rear-end

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

When looking at the Chiron Pur Sport from behind, you can’t help it but notice the considerably larger and fixed rear wing which measures 1.9 meters wide.

The fin above the engine cover creates a split-rear-window effect. Below, we find the usual continuous LED stripe for the taillights, surrounded by air openings.

The diffuser is also redesigned to be larger and more pronounced, housing two centrally-positioned exhaust pipes made of titanium with the help of a 3D printer.

Koenigsegg Jesko

The most predominant design feature on a Jesko is arguably its active double-profile rear wing.

The reason is not only its size, but the fact that it’s mounted on the sides of the narrow rear windshield and is aggressively angled following the shape of the rear end.

Another unique feature is the aggressive taillights recessed on the rear fenders. The bumper is characterised by a large opening allowing the hot air to exit, with a prominent rear diffuser and exhaust pipes positioned above the licence plate.

Design Battle: Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport v Koenigsegg Jesko

Round 4: Interior

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

Inside the Bugatti, we find a premium, sporty and timeless design with a minimum number of distractions and no infotainment screen on the slim central console.

There, we only find four circular knobs vertically arranged above the gearshift lever. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is upholstered in Alcantara which can be found in many other places inside the cabin. Behind it, the digital instrument cluster has two screens surrounding the traditional central gauge.

The contrasting stitching and the accents on the dashboard can be specified in any colour, like the laser-engraved graphics on the lightweight seats. The illuminated C-shaped graphic in the middle of the cabin is retained like in every other Chiron, while there is also the optional Sky-View double glass roof.

Koenigsegg Jesko

The cabin of the Jesko is characterised by a mixture of leather or Alcantara and lots of carbon-fibre. The central console features a 9.0-inch SmartCenter touchscreen in portrait mode, sitting below the uniquely shaped climate vents.

There is also a second 5.0-inch SmartCluster screen behind the flat-bottomed steering wheel which integrates two small touchscreens with haptic controls. However, there is still a single green-faced analog gauge in front of the driver.

The gearshift lever is positioned in front of two cupholders and a central armrest. The carbon-fibre roof is removable, transforming the Jesko into a two-seater roadster.

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Which one do you like best?
Design Battle: Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport v Koenigsegg Jesko
Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport
Design Battle: Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport v Koenigsegg Jesko
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