Bugatti are close to unveiling their new successor to the Veyron hypercar, and it’ll be called the Chiron. Word has it that they’ve been busy showing the car to prospective clients behind closed doors at their Molsheim HQ, before it’ll be revealed to the rest of the world at the Geneva in March next year, sporting a price tag some £650,000 (or a lazy $1,000,000) higher than its predecessor – approximately £1.6m ($2.4m).
The Chiron has a lot to live up to, but you can be confident that once again it is going to be the king of the hypercars – sitting one or more levels above the likes of the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918. But what will it look like? Well, our quick’n’dirty photoshops below could possibly give you an idea.
What we’ve done here is take Bugatti’s Vision Gran Turismo concept and transformed it into a road going version of the car. Bugatti claim that the Vision Gran Turismo concept represents “the new form and design language developed by the brand to celebrate the next chapter in its history following the end of the Veyron era”, so we think it makes sense that it is the best place to start. If you look a bit closer at the Vision Gran Turismo and strip away the massive fixed rear wing arrangement, there are a few design clues here that might end up in the Chiron.
For a start, we think there’s a high chance that the Veyron’s huge polished roof-mounted air intakes will not carry over into the new design. Instead, the intakes may be located directly behind the windows on either side of the vehicle, which themselves could taper inwards to help channel air to the huge quad-turbo 8.0L W16 engine. Our quick photoshops don’t feature a rear spoiler, but you can safely say the Chiron will have one that will function in a similar way to what the current Veyron has.
Despite a brand-new exterior and interior, the Chiron will most likely be an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, design of the Veyron. It will feature updated versions of the Veyron’s carbon fibre body structure, suspension set up and drivetrain, including the aforementioned quad-turbo W16 engine, a dual-clutch gearbox with a minimum of 7 gears and a state of the art 4WD system.
The Chiron could also see some added new tech, including fuel-saving cylinder deactivation, electric-actuated turbocharging and direct injection, to make sure the Chiron will be able to achieve at least 16.8L/100km (14mpg). When you consider the Veyron could drain its fuel tank in just eight minutes at full chat, any efforts to save fuel are probably a good idea.
While Bugatti built 450 Veyrons, we understand that the company is planning to make 500 Chirons. We’ll most likely have to wait until Geneva next year before we can see the final design of the car.