Two prototypes of the Bugatti Veyron’s successor, speculated to be called the ‘Bugatti Chiron,’ have been spied almost undisguised testing on public roads. The production version will be based on the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show (2015 IAA) in September.
The spyshots of the matte black-finished prototypes indicate that the car is running with donor parts. Tail lamp design on both prototypes is different, but neither is likely to make it to production. One of the two prototypes has a rear wing, but like the taillamps, could be provisional. Both have centre-mounted twin-exhaust pipes. The C-shaping on the sides and the signature centre fin have been carried over from the Vision Gran Turismo concept, with modifications. A crash test mule spied a few weeks back, which partially revealed the front-end, is consistent in design to these test mules.
The Bugatti Veyron’s successor is said to debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March in production guise. It will be a hybrid model, Volkswagen Group’s ex-CEO Martin Winterkorn confirmed in June. The hybrid system’s combustion engine will be an improved version of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbocharged W16 petrol unit.
Maximum power and torque output would be rated at around 1,500 bhp and 1,106 lb.-ft. (1,500 Nm) respectively. Transmission duties would be fulfilled by a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox and an electronically controlled 4WD system with torque vectoring would transfer the power to the wheels. The extreme engineering of the new megacar would give it a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of 2 seconds flat, and a top speed of 288 mph (464 km/h), it is reported.
Rumour has it that the production of the Bugatti Chiron will be limited to 500 units and cost €2.2 million a pop. Over 100 units of the multi-million Euro megacar are said to have found their buyers already, with one of them known to be Dutch music producer and DJ Nick Leonardus van de Wall, aka Afrojack.