The Bugatti Veryron’s successor is most likely going to be named the Chiron, commemorating the company’s racing driver Louis Chiron. The May 2015 issue of Car Magazine reveals several details on the Chiron, or whatever the name of the next Bugatti will be.
The megacar will continue with the 8.0-litre W16 engine, albeit with power massively bumped up from 1200 bhp to 1500 bhp. The turbochargers are revised for enhanced boost pressure. The company has chosen to electrically power two of the four tubrochargers, so that the power is released quicker. Another new feature of the engine is cylinder deactivation.
Thanks to the massive power output – 1,500 PS (1,480 bhp) and 1,106 lb.-ft. (1,500 Nm) of torque – the megacar does 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2.0 seconds. The car can hit a top speed of 288 mph (464 km/h). The new direct injection engine is paired to a 7-speed DCT gearbox and an electronically controlled four-wheel drive system with torque vectoring.
The new model is based on the Veyron’s carbon-fibre architecture, however, 92% of the car is new or modified. The weight reduction is not remarkable but the rigidity has increased, and this has improved the handling. The wheels are wrapped once again in unique Michelin tyres that can cope with extreme speeds, animalistic cornering and high g-forces. The cabin is more spacious and the ergonomics have been reportedly improved. The sat-nav directions won’t be displayed in the rear-view mirror anymore; finally, a touchscreen infotainment system can be expected.
The end of the Bugatti Veyron’s journey was announced in February this year, with the last model being an open-top Grand Sport Vitesse ‘La Finale‘. The next Bugatti is currently in the testing phase and its concept version is likely to be previewed this year, followed by the production model next year.
[Source: Car Magazine]