Modern supercars proved the biggest draws in RM Sotheby’s Paris sale on February 7, with a new 2018 Bugatti Chiron leading the charge.
The powerful supercar, one of only 500 to be made, realised $4m.
The Chiron is an updating of Bugatti’s classic Veyron and is stuffed with the most cutting edge technology on the market today.
The Bugatti Chiron is so powerful its speed has to be limited as the tyres can't take it
The centrepiece is the monstrous 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W-16 engine, the same as its predecessor but with a couple of extra tweaks.
Despite its new specifications, the Chiron is limited to 260mph – which is slightly slower than the Veyron.
However, this is due to the extra onboard weight.
Tyres tough enough to handle the Chiron’s potential 285mph have yet to be invented.
But Bugatti is saying watch this space...
A 2005 Maserati M12 was another top seller, achieving $2.1m.
The car is built on Ferrari’s seminal Enzo chassis, albeit with a lower profile, and represents the marque’s first return to racing since the 1960s.
It proved to be a major success, notching up a string of victories in FIA championships throughout the 2000s.
Only 50 were made, making it one of Maserati’s rarest modern models. It was sold with just 12,500km on the clock.
This week sees a string of major sales in the City of Lights. Bonhams and Artcurial will host theirs today and tomorrow, respectively.
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