Currently on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo is actually a functional concept even though some though that it was just for show without an engine and all the other hardware bits and pieces. To prove them wrong, Bugatti fired up the engine of their brand new concept and as you can hear it sounds brutally epic.
It’s the same quad turbocharged W16 8.0-liter engine taken from the Veyron hypercar that recently went out of production. This new concept will be heading to the virtual world for the PlayStation 3-exclusive Gran Turismo 6 video game developed by Polyphony Digital, but there’s more to the car than this.
Some say it also serves as a sneak preview of the new hypercar planned by Bugatti to come out in the first half of next year with the “Chiron” nameplate after a concept they introduced back in 1999. It’s not known at this point how much of the concept’s design will be carried over on the production car taking into account the Vision Gran Turismo was developed to be a proper racecar whereas the Chiron will obviously be a road-going model.
We know the new Bugatti will utilize a hybrid arrangement which will boost output to a massive 1,500 bhp and this is believed to grant the vehicle with a 0-100 kmph run in just over two seconds before the vehicle tops out at an almost incredible 450 kmph or even more.
It seems 500 units are planned for production which represents a 50-unit increase compared to the Veyron. A proper reveal is expected to take place at the Geneva Motor Show programmed for March next year, with production allegedly kicking off towards the end of the year at a price tag considerably higher than its predecessor. Even though it will be more expensive, sources close to Bugatti have said pre-orders are already being made by anxious buyers.