The Chiron nameplate is what the Bugatti Veyron hypercar successor is likely to feature. The Chiron name plate is said to be a tribute to Louis Chiron, a race car driver who raced the supercharged Bugatti Type 35B. While Bugatti built a concept car with the Chiron name plate in 1999, the use of this name plate on a production car is expected to happen in 2016, when the Veyron successor arrives. New details about the Veyron successor have emerged. Instead of a petrol-hybrid powerplant, the hypercar is said to retain its current W16, 16 cylinder quad turbo petrol motor, albeit with revised power and torque figures.
Bugatti is said to be aiming at a 1,500 Bhp peak power output, which is significantly higher than the most powerful Veyron ever, the SuperSport model that came with a 1,200 Bhp peak power output. The higher output will be achieved by using electric boosters on two of the four strong turbocharger layout while direct injection is another technology that will be leveraged to make for an increased output. The torque output could remain similar to that of the Veyron SuperSport, at 1,500 Nm. A 7 speed twin clutch automatic gearbox and an all wheel drive layout will be standard equipment on the Chiron.
That Bugatti is sticking to turbocharged internal combustion power instead of taking a hybrid route makes it an outlier in the hypercar segment, where KERS powered hybrid cars are increasingly becoming the norm. In terms of weight, the Chiron is likely to shave off plenty of weight with the refashioning of parts. While the new hypercar will continue to use the Veyron’s platform, 92 % of parts are said to be refashioned to reduce weight. The increase in power output and decrease in weight will mean that the Chiron raises the top speed bar to a new high. 288 Mph is the top speed rating that the Chiron is expected to come with, making it the fastest Bugatti ever.
If this speed remains unmatched by other hypercars such as the Hennessey Venom GT and the Koenigsegg Agera R, the Chiron will be the fastest hypercar on the globe, a title that the Veyron held in its initial years. The interiors of the Chiron are expected to get extensive remodeling along with additional space on the innards to make for a more comfortable cabin. The new hypercar could also dump the offset driving position for a more conventional steering and driver seat geometry. A price tag close to 2 million euros is what the grapevine suggests for the 2016 Bugatti Chiron hypercar.