The now sold-out Bugatti Veyron will live on in our hearts forever for a number of reasons. I, for one, had a love-hate relationship with the car. I loved it because it was ridiculously fast, insanely powerful and it had luxury dumped into it by the truckload, but I also hated it because it looked like a rolling jellybean and the umpteen “special edition” models got to be a little obscene. Well, now it is finally gone and we can start focusing on its successor, which is reportedly named the Chiron (pronounced shi-ron) after race car driver Louis Chiron and Automobile Magazine has a nice write up on the upcoming hypercar.
According to the report, the Chiron will continue on with the Veyron’s 8.0-liter, W-16, quad-turbocharged powerplant, but with some minor tweaks. Specifically, the revised W-16 will feature direct fuel injection, increased boost pressure and two of its four turbos will be electrically driven instead of driven by exhaust gasses. These two electric turbos will result in nearly instant torque and once all four turbos are singing at full tune, the 8.0-liter engine should put down a total of 1,100 pound-feet of torque and a whopping 1,500 horsepower.
This insane amount of power will travel through a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission and head through a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system before reaching the pavement. The report goes on to claim that the Chiron will hit 62 mph in under 2.5 seconds and top out at 288 mph.
Automobile Magazine claims that the Chiron will be built using existing carbon-fiber architecture, but that nearly every component will be massaged or modified in some way to save weight and increase rigidity.
Other big changes will come on the inside of the Chiron. According to the report, the cabin will drop the controversial slightly offset driving position that marred the experience of the Veyron. Additionally, look for the thick A-pillars and the complex ergonomics to be fixed with the new rig. Additionally, look for a large speedometer to take the place of the large tach in the center of the instrument panel. Speaking of this speedo, it will sweep all the way to an incredible 500 km/h (312 mph), though a stock Chiron will not be able to attain that level of speed.
Look for the Bugatti Chiron to roll out in 2016 as a 2017 model year here in the U.S.