First Bugatti Chiron costing $3.8 million sold to collector in South-east Asia.

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It can sprint from zero to 100kmh in less than 2.5 seconds, zero to 200kmh in less than 6.5 and zero to 300kmh in under 13.6. That’s mindblowing numbers from the Chiron, the latest member of Bugatti’s stable of hypercars that was unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Production is limited to 500 units and Bugatti’s regional distributors, Wearnes Automotive, delivered the first Chiron in Southeast Asia to a private car collector in Singapore earlier this year.

The French marque’s 1,500bhp engine has an official top speed of 420kmh, but its full potential is electronically limited to deliver an overall superlative performance. Unrestrained, though, it could in theory easily surpass the 447kmh record that Swedish 1,150bhp marque Koenigsegg Agera RS holds.

But the key attribute of the Chiron, which is priced at $3.8 million, is in its return on investment. The French hypercar is among a handful of cars such as the Porsche 911 991.2 Speedster, Ferrari Enzo and McLaren Senna that increases in value (see sidebar).

Victor Kwan, managing director of Wearnes Automotive’s Prestige Division, says the Chiron is the first production sports car with a power output of 1,500hp and torque of 1,600Nm between 2,000 and 6,000 rpm, and this is unique to the automotive world.

“Since its launch at the Geneva International Motor Show in 2016, the Chiron has appreciated in value,” he tells The Peak. “From a technical and design standpoint, the Chiron is a timeless masterpiece, owing its distinctive character to the Ettore Bugatti family of engineers and artists. They are built to last forever.” The Singapore collector, who wants to remain anonymous, has no intention of taking the Chiron for a spin and has handed it to Wearnes for storage in a climate-controlled showcase to keep it in pristine condition.

Adds Kwan: “The Bugatti Chiron is a collector’s item. Many Bugatti owners display the prized cars in the comfort of their home and admire them as works of art. Wearnes Automotive also offers a car storage service to automobile collectors, investors and passionate owners who want their cars to be well taken care of at all times.” 

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The collector will store the car in a special climatecontrolled environment to keep it in pristine condition.

Automobiles to buy and hold.

Cars appreciate in value due to two key reasons. First, the performance of the mass-produced cars is legendary but they are no longer in production and, so, attain cult-classic status. On the other end of the spectrum are limited-edition production sports cars, supercars and hypercars. Their superlative performance and premium price tag make them high-worth investments that soar in value immediately after production. Three of these, as of the end of 2018, are: 
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This is the final 991-generation 911 variant that will be rolled out this year. First produced in the 1950s, only 1,948 units will be produced and it’s expected to attract a sixfigure premium in euros over the estimated list price of 230,000 euros (S$350,000).
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Built between 2002 and 2004, when Ferrari’s F1 team was in the midst of a dominant period that began in 2000, winning five consecutive constructor’s and driver’s championships with Michael Schumacher. Only 400 units were built. The price appreciated from between 1.4 million and 1.7 million euros in 2017, to between 1.7 million euros and 2.1 million euros the year after.
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Launched online in December 2017, this hyper car is a tribute to McLaren’s F1 race driver Ayrton Senna, who won three titles with the team between 1988 and 1993. Only 500 units were built and they were sold out before production began last year. Its list price is 873,000 euros but that has since appreciated by 300,000 euros.