The Bugatti Veyron overstayed its welcome a bit, as it launched in 2005 and only recently sold out of its allotment. Since Bugatti announced that its hypercar was nearing the end of the line, speculation has run rampant about what the next model will offer and what the French automaker will name it. Today, we get an answer to the latter.
As suspected, the new Bugatti hypercar will be named the Chiron, which pays homage to racer Louis Chiron. Chiron was the most successful racing driver in Bugatti history and was arguably the best driver of his era, which lasted from 1928 through 1958.
While there is no doubting Chiron’s success as a driver, this tells us nothing about the car that will carry his name. Bugatti was rather tight-lipped about the upcoming hypercar in its press release, as it only released a teaser that shows off the font used for its logo. The exclusive automaker did, however, reveal that the Chiron will be the “world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car.”
This lack of information has not slowed down the rumormill, though. Most rumors point toward this model using a W-16 powerplant that produces an insane 1,500 horsepower and 1,100 foot-pounds of torque. This will supposedly result in a low-two-second 0-to-60 time.
According to Bugatti, it has already taken 100 preorders for the Chiron, so chances are, we’ll see this new hypercar sell out much faster than the Veyron that predated it. There is no official price tag affixed to this W-16-powered beast, but all signs indicate it will run about $2.5 million.
While not learning any of the details surrounding the new hypercar is frustrating, we can relax knowing that the wait won’t be too long. Bugatti will reveal the new Chiron at the Geneva Auto Show, which kicks off on March 3rd, 2016.
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