Two years ago, LEGO rolled out one of its largest and most complex Technic sets ever with its 2704-piece Porsche 911 GT3 RS. But that car looks about as exciting as going for a Sunday drive in Grandma’s sedan now that LEGO has finally revealed its long rumoured (and teased) Technic Bugatti Chiron.
Available in your choice of blue on blue, blue on blue, or blue on blue. Photo: Lego
With 3599 pieces, 895 more than what went into the Porsche, the Bugatti Chiron features even more detailing and functionality, including a miniature replica of the W16 engine (with working pistons) that powers the real-life version of the car to 420km/h. Your replica is probably not going to hit those speeds without disintegrating, but a working eight-speed gearbox with paddle shifters will at least help you to pretend that it could.
Other features of LEGO’s Bugatti Chiron are more standard for a Technic set that will set you back $599.99, available now. The doors open and close, the steering is functional, there are working shocks on each wheel to absorb tiny bumps, inside you’ll find a detailed cockpit, and under the hood there’s a tiny bit of trunk space designed to hold a custom LEGO Bugatti overnight bag.
Few of us will ever be able to afford the real Bugatti Chiron’s $US2.5 million ($3.3 million) price tag, or possibly even the Tesla Model 3’s $US35,000 ($46,416) base price. But that’s just fine. You don’t need insurance to buy LEGO’s latest four-wheeled dream machine, and the fun of building it yourself isn’t even an option that Bugatti or Tesla offer.