Good news for speed demonics! Alleged Bugatti Chiron hypercar, the next car from the house of French automobile manufacturer Bugatti, has been spotted for the very first time wearing production body. Soon after Bugatti announced that the last unit of the 450 units to be ever produced for the Veyron has been sold, rumors started making rounds for the next product from the hypercar manufacturer.
And now a couple of prototypes wearing the production body were captured testing on the public roads. Just so you know, Chiron is not yet the formal name given to the next hypercar from Bugatti. And why are we, or for that matter, the world excited about this car? Well, for starters, this was the first production road legal car to breach the 400kmph speed mark.
The Veyron was also the first car to have power figures in excess of 1000 bhp, produced through a massive W16 engine. In many aspects, the Bugatti Veyron was a masterpiece and the upcoming hypercar is said to cross all the records set by the Veyron. According to the reports, this will be the first car to produce 1500+ bhp, and cross the 500 kmph mark.
Speaking of the test itself, it is clear that Bugatti has let go the bulky rear end of the Veyron to make way for a sleeker and aerodynamic car. The Chiron hypercar share a lot of similarities with the recently unveiled Vision Gran Turismo concept making it look stunning. And there are actually two prototypes having different taillights.
The rest of the car wears the production body and it seems the test was to check the best brake design. The production is said to start soon at the company's Molsheim, France based assembly line. There's a prominent rear wing and most of the body is made from carbon fibre to compensate for the weight, thanks to a hybrid powertrain.
Yes, the hybrid powertrain is what will help the Chiron to reach 1500 PS produced via a 8.0-litre W16 quad turbo and the e-turbo tech. There's also a central fin that extends all the way to Chiron's back from the roof. It's also rumored that Bugatti is targeting an acceleration figure as low as 2 seconds for a 0-100 kmph sprint.
The Bugatti Chiron is expected to make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show which is slated to happen in March 2016. Bugatti will only produce 500 units of the Chiron (they built 450 of the Veyron) and will price it around $2.2 million. Despite the exorbitant price tag, it is believed that already “double-digit number of clients” have placed an order.
We hope that the Volkswagen's dieselgate scandal don't overshadow the Chiron's development, and much worse, kill the project. Although there's no announcement for the postponement of the project from the VW itself.
Source: Magazin ProDriver CZ