Along with a “cleaner design”, and “even more luxury”, the upcoming ‘Chiron’ is poised to rewrite the rule book when it comes to speed, thanks to a hybrid powertrain that is set to leave the absurdly fast Veyron in the dust. Bugatti chief executive Wolfgang Durheimer has revealed that the Bugatti Veyron’s successor, possibly called the Chiron, will be the “best super-sports car on the planet”. As is expected with successors, the Chiron will be quicker off the mark, more powerful than even the 882kW Veyron Super Sport, and with recent advancements in tyre technology, have a higher top speed too.
Powering the new Bugatti hypercar is expected to be provided by a modified version of the quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine of the Veyron. However, it is expected that two of those turbochargers could be electrically-driven with additional power possibly being provided by an electric motor. Whatever the case may be, 1500hp is on the cards. According to Durheimer, “Everything is better. More power, higher top speed. Shorter acceleration. Cleaner design. More luxury. More of everything. The new car delivers everything much better than the previous one. It will be the best super-sports car on the planet.”
Interestingly, Durheimer revealed that the marquee is being prompted to make the Chiron have an even higher top speed than the Veyron due to one man, John Hennessey of Hennessey Performance from Texas. Durheimer says that Bugatti customers don’t like being second best and that he will ensure the Veyron’s successor is faster than the Hennessey Venom GT. That comes despite the fact that the Venom GT is already eclipsed by the Veyron in terms of luxury, refinement and driveability. From a visual standpoint, the new Bugatti will draw heavily on the Vision Gran Turismo unveiled at Frankfurt 2015 while still resembling the Veyron. It will therefore utilise the automaker’s signature side line, its horseshoe front grille and the Veyron’s mid-engine layout. There’s not much revealed at this point, so the cost regarding details stay in the dark.
When it comes to hypercar successors, some are created more equal than the rest.
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