Review: 75878 Bugatti Chiron

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LEGO has enjoyed long and very successful relationships with numerous car manufacturers and the Speed Champions theme has provided a perfect opportunity to further expand the range. 75878 Bugatti Chiron represents the latest such addition and is perhaps the most exciting of the three small sets in the recent wave.

The set contains 181 pieces, several of which are brand new or have only appeared in a couple of sets previously. Furthermore, the price of £12.99 or $14.99 seems reasonable and I like the distinctive design of the Bugatti Chiron so hope not to be disappointed!

Minifigures

The driver wears a dark blue uniform with blue accents and a plain crash helmet. This colour scheme complements that of the car and the Bugatti branding appears on both sides of the torso along with some black seams.

75878 Bugatti Chiron

Lifting the trans-black visor reveals a standard smiling expression and the driver comes with a black wrench which is useful when swapping the hubcaps on the wheels. I like these branded minifigures as they can slot into a CITY setting very comfortably.

75878 Bugatti Chiron

The Completed Model

The Bugatti Chiron is well known for its flowing bodywork and must therefore have been very difficult to design in LEGO form. However, I think the model is very successful on the whole, with an accurate shape and surprisingly little reliance upon stickers. The blue and black colours look splendid and I particularly like the curved air intakes on either side of the cockpit as these fit nicely with the designs on the windscreen. The roof is printed but the sides make use of stickers which is a bit of a shame.

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Five stickers are applied to the front of the model, representing rows of headlights, air intakes and the famous horseshoe-shaped radiator grille. The Bugatti insignia adorns the radiator and a black front bumper skirt is formed using wedge plates and a 2x2 tile mounted upside down. Curved slopes are used to form the bonnet and a pair of new pieces are included at the corners. These are bound to prove very useful in future models and are used to excellent effect here while two more appear in black towards the rear of the vehicle.

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Some Speed Champions look rather too long in relation to their height and width but that is not the case here. I love the profile of the car when viewed from the side, especially as the bonnet lines up perfectly with the curved windscreen and this line continues all the way to the back. The stepped design of the front is slightly bothersome from this angle, although I cannot think of a better alternative at such a small scale.

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The windscreen can be removed to access a seat for the driver and the steering wheel. The interior is furnished with tan upholstery just like on the real car and this is visible through the windscreen, adding a little extra colour and detail to the model. A pair of grey lightsaber hilts form the engine and a black spine recreates the central pillar above that.

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The rear view reveals perhaps the most impressive details of the entire set. A red rubber band cleverly represents the LED strip seen on the Bugatti Chiron and twin exhausts are formed using a sticker. However, the shape of the rear is somewhat inaccurate as the LED strip should be almost straight for its entire width but is instead angled towards the flanks. Nevertheless, this is a delightfully unusual technique and it looks marvelous.

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Three orange cones accompany the vehicle and a second set of hubcaps is also included, although those shown fitted in this review are more faithful to the real car than the alternative. On the other hand, pearl silver hubcaps might have been appropriate still based on photos of the Bugatti Chiron.

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Overall

I am always pleased to see new car manufacturers joining the Speed Champions range and 75878 Bugatti Chiron is one of my favourite sets of the theme to date. The model looks great from most angles and I like the simple colour combination of black and blue as well as the sparing use of stickers.

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The shaping of the front and rear is not entirely faithful to that of the real car but at this scale it is difficult to envisage how they might be improved. I therefore see no reason not to recommend this set. Its design and colour scheme is distinct from most of the other Speed Champions vehicles so it makes an excellent addition to the collection.

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20 comments on this article

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By in Norway,

Love this car model! So cool.
(But i do think you should take a second look at how you assembled the rubber band... ;-)

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By in United Kingdom,

The elastic band is meant to go on either side of the rear piece. Only one side is visible.

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By in United Kingdom,

Right you are, thanks.

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By in Finland,

My only problem with set is that the windscreen doesn't close correctly when there's a figure with any head accessory in the driver's seat. Even with the driver with a helmet from this set it stays a little up. So as a result you can't put nearly any figure with something on their head to the driver's seat and close the windscreen properly.

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By in United States,

I was considering getting this set. This review sealed it: I have to get it!

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By in United Kingdom,

Hot off the press........ get to (those in the UK) Tesco..... 3 for 2 ive just bought 3 speeds champions.... 33% off (obviously) and some sets have discount before you 3 for 2 them..... go go go..... stop me buying any more....... I'm embarrassed to collect now.... need two trolleys......

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By in United States,

I've had this set on my Wanted List for awhile now, and will definately have to pick it up as soon as I get the chance. I love that it will look more at home on the streets of my city, rather than many of the Speed Champions which although look great on a racetrack seem a bit out of place in a typical suburban setting. Another great review, thanks Capn!

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By in United States,

Dang I might actually get this one. It looks fantastic as a display model.

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By in United States,

Yep, got this back when it first came out. It's amazing.

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By in Czech Republic,

Bugatti Chiron is not a race-car. Hence I think helmet,gloves and racesuit on the minifigure is just wrong.

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By in Canada,

I've really enjoyed the Speed Champions theme especially the smaller sets like this one.

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By in United States,

Bought this and have yet to build it, really looking forward to it. I really dig these Speed Champion cars, very cool and love the scale. The Fords are my favorite but this one looked so cool I had to pick it up too.

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By in United States,

@campagnolo All the minifigure drivers in the Speed Champions are dressed that way. And all the automobiles represented in the theme, regardless of race car or road car, are appropriate for use at a race track.

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By in United States,

@myscrnnm Except for the McLaren coming out in June, there's no racecar driver there!

Love this set, and happy that I did pick it up.

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By in United Kingdom,

@myscrnnm
I don't know about you in America, but here in Europe most people would never dream of going to, say, the Nürburgring, in a pickup like the ford raptor.

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By in Germany,

Speed Champions Fan - no but you COULD go to a Baja race with minimal modifications ( of course there would have to be a roll cage and whatnot with a Raptor. Which would then need need the helmet, gloves, suit and whatnot.

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By in Germany,

Mmh, maybe I should get this car after all. So far, I haven't been particularly impressed by the photos I've seen, but it does look quite nice on the close-ups here.
I've recently built the Mercedes AMG, which is just fantastic! My favourite Speed Champions car so far

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By in Canada,

It should be noted that the stickers for the Bugatti and the Mercedes are printed on clear stock, which will allow for changing up the colours of the cars if desired. I would like to more of this going forward.

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By in United States,

Love the Audi model, and this one peaked my interest right away. Think it's a no brainer now!

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By in United States,

If only TLG used the same taillight technique on the Mclaren they released earlier...

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