The Volkswagen group is close to announcing its replacement for the recently retired Veyron, named the Bugatti Chiron. The car is named after Monaco-born racer Louis Chiron, and has been shown to a very select few prospective clients at its Molsheim HQ.
With its supercar rivals: the LeFerrari, the P1 and the 918 Spyder, raising the hypercar status, Bugatti intends to once again push boundaries and be the leader of the pack. Only 500 Chiron’s are expected to be built, with a public debut set for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show (the same show that Lamborghini are expected to announce their limited edition hybrid).
Performance of the Bugatti Chiron
Bugatti CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said the mission of the upcoming Chiron is to outdo the Veyron “in all dimensions.”. The reason this statement is so important (and admittedly exciting) is that the previous Bugatti model, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport, currently holds the crown for the fastest production car in the world. This new Chiron is tipped to reach an eye-watering 288mph, though finding a road to test these limits is of course a slight issue.
An upgraded version of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine is expected, with output rising from 1200 to 1500 horsepower. As well as increasing overall outputs, the power and torque will be spread over a wider range thanks to direct injection and at least two of the turbochargers being electrically-actuated.
Further upgrades from the Veyron are set to include a modified carbon-fibre structure to reduce weight, improved ergonomics and greater outwards visibility.
Price of the Bugatti Chiron
On the topic of price, Bugatti CEO Dürheimer stated that “the price/prestige axis is one of the fundamental axes at Bugatti.” which explains the $2.5 million price tag (around £1.6 million at the current exchange rate). This price is only for the base-spec model though, and a string of roadsters and special editions in the pipeline will inevitably send that number spiralling upwards.
To put it in perspective, for that amount you could buy:
- 2 McLaren P1s
- Ferrari’s entire range, including a LaFerrari
- An old-style Bugatti Veyron with enough spare change for a Lamborghini.