Now that Bugatti has finally terminated production of the Veyron, they can fully focus on future projects and it seems the first of the bunch will be a concept specifically developed for the Gran Turismo 6 video game available exclusively on the PlayStation 3. It will be officially introduced in less than a month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but Bugatti is already providing us a first glimpse of the vehicle by showing the NACA-styled air inlet elaborated not only as an aerodynamic component, but also as an “iconic feature” of the car.
Chances are this concept will represent a sneak preview for Bugatti’s highly anticipated Veyron successor which is expected to come out sometime next year and wear the Chiron moniker. Interestingly, the Volkswagen-owned hypercar marque says the Vision Gran Turismo was designed not just for the virtual world, but also for a real track, thus hinting the vehicle will have a lot in common with the new production car.
Bugatti has already announced the Veyron successor will adopt a hybrid powertrain and it is believed the vehicle will have a combined output of 1,500 bhp. More power corroborated with a significant weight loss will allegedly allow the Chiron to run the 0-100 kmph sprint in only two seconds and reach a maximum speed of more than 450 kmph.
It will use an evolution of the quad turbo W16 8.0-liter engine working with a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission and a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. Chances are at least two of the turbochargers will be electrically driven which should significantly lower the car’s fuel consumption and emissions as well as virtually eliminate turbo lag.
Details about the interior are scarce at the moment, but sources close to Bugatti are saying the cabin will be more accommodating with a better driving position and also improved visibility. Needless to say, the Chiron will be offered in a limited production series and is believed to cost about $2.4 million (156.5 million INR). An official debut could occur as early as March 2016 at the Geneva Motor Show, with sales to start before the year’s end.