The Tesla Roadster is the latest jaw-dropping Tesla creation that motor fans are eagerly anticipating. It’s the new speed freak on the block, but how does it compare to the reigning king of speed, the Bugatti Chiron?
The Tesla Roadster is a faster accelerating vehicle than the Bugatti Chiron. However, the Bugatti has a slightly higher top speed than the Tesla Roadster. Additionally, the Bugatti is a much more expensive option than the Tesla – you can buy 15 Tesla Roadsters for the cost of one Bugatti Chiron.
Keep reading to learn more in detail about both the Tesla Roadster and Bugatti Chiron. We’ll explore the specs of both vehicles so you can draw your conclusion. We’ll also have an in-depth look at the pros and cons of each car.
Comparing the Tesla Roadster to the Bugatti Chiron
The Tesla Roadster has not yet been released, which means that it has not yet been compared to the Bugatti side by side in real life. As a result, we can only rely on statistics and data and compare these two cars theoretically.
The table below will give you a theoretical side-by-side comparison of the Bugatti Chiron to the Tesla Roadster. It will cover all the major metrics so you have an idea of how the two cars would perform against each other in real life.
|Metric||Bugatti Chiron||Tesla Roadster|
|Top Speed||261 mph (420 kph)||250+ mph (402+ kph)|
|0-60 mph (0- 96.5 kph)||2.4 seconds||1.9 seconds|
|0-100 mph (0-161 kph)||5 seconds||4.2 seconds|
|Range||286 miles (460 km)||620 miles (997 km)|
|Number of Seats||2||4|
|Weight||1995 kg (4398 lbs)||2000 kg (4409 lbs)|
|Wheel Base||2711 mm (106 inches)||2800 mm (110 inches)|
If you’d like to learn more about the differences between the Bugatti Chiron and Tesla Roadster, check out this informative YouTube video:
Pros and Cons of the Tesla Roadster and Bugatti Chiron
As you can see in the table above, Tesla outperforms the Bugatti in almost every comparable metric. However, there are some areas in which the Bugatti comes out on top.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each vehicle.
The Tesla Roadster has two major drawbacks when compared to the Bugatti Chiron – it is slightly slower, and it takes considerably longer to refuel, given that it’s an electric vehicle that requires recharging. Recharging can take a couple of hours, especially if you want to refill the batteries completely.
However, the extensive range of the car means that you’ll likely be able to get where you need to go on just one charge.
- Larger range
- Environmentally friendly
- Quicker acceleration
- Longer refuel times
- Lower top speed
The Bugatti Chiron is a hypercar built to go as quickly as possible. Bugatti certainly achieved an incredibly top speed, but it comes at an accompanying high cost.
Not only is the car expensive, it only has two seats and struggles to accelerate as well as the Tesla. Nevertheless, there are some significant advantages to buying a Bugatti Chiron.
- Higher top speed
- Slightly lighter in weight
- Easy refueling
- Poor fuel efficiency
- Slower off the mark
- Price tag
The Bugatti has a higher top speed than the Tesla Roadster; however, the Tesla will accelerate much quicker. This results in a car that’s faster when you’re driving on roads or winding race tracks without long stretches of straight road. Even over a straight line, the Tesla will beat the Bugatti over a ¼ mile (0.4 km).
Check out this simulated race between the Tesla Roadster and Bugatti Chiron.
Additionally, if you care about climate change and preserving the environment, there’s only one choice between the Tesla and Bugatti Chiron.
Tesla manufactures electric vehicles that don’t rely on fossil fuels to run. The Bugatti, on the other hand, uses fossil fuels to operate. On top of this, Bugatti is particularly inefficient when it comes to fuel usage.
The Bugatti runs on petrol and not electricity, which means it’s also far more expensive to drive. Recharging an electric vehicle can cost as little as a couple of dollars per charge, whereas refilling petrol tanks will cost significantly more (and may become even more expensive in the future if the cost of fuel rises).
As a result, the Bugatti Chiron is much more expensive to run in the long run compared to Tesla Roadster.
While the Tesla Roadster is by far the most expensive Tesla to date, the vehicle is still a fraction of the cost of a new Bugatti Chiron. Tesla Roadsters go on sale for roughly $200,000.
That’s by no means a small price to pay for a car unless you compare it to the Bugatti Chiron’s price tag of about $3,000,000. You can buy 15 Tesla Roadsters for the same price as a single Bugatti Chiron.
Tesla Roadster vs Lamborghini
Another speed demon that the Tesla Roadster can be compared to is the fastest Lamborghini on the market – the Veneno.
The Lamborghini doesn’t perform as well as the Tesla Roadster in nearly all categories. The Tesla Roadster has a higher top speed, accelerates quicker, costs less, and is environmentally friendlier.
The Tesla Roadster also has far more bells and whistles when compared to the Lamborghini Veneno. As a result, the Tesla Roadster is better equipped, faster, cheaper to run, and more spacious. Therefore, Tesla is a much better investment and will give you more bang for your buck.
Speed is pretty much the only benefit to choosing the Bugatti. Tesla Roadsters are significantly more affordable than a Bugatti Chiron.
On top of this, they are environmentally friendly, cheaper to run, and have a much more extensive range than the Bugatti. The Tesla also looks better thanks to its sleeker design.
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