If you were worried that the Bugatti Veyron replacement would get canned amid VW Group’s post-dieselgate belt-tightening, don’t be. As this image shows, development of son-of-Veyron, unofficially known as ‘Chiron’, is well advanced.

This is the clearest image we’ve yet seen of a Chiron test mule, wearing minimal camouflage and clearly showing the Vision GT concept-inspired styling, which appears production-ready.

The overall silhouette and signature, circular side graphic are carried over exactly from the concept, while the multi-level rear treatment is essentially the same, but made road legal.

You can clearly see the shutline around the immense active rear spoiler and the vent below the door, indications that the Chiron will have serious aero. And a sharp ridge runs along the centre of the rear deck, a less dramatic version of that on the concept. Even the wheels are more-or-less the same.

Power is expected to come from a new version of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre, W16 quad-turbo engine, reputedly producing 1,500bhp, possibly with the help of electric motors. Bugatti is keen to hold on to its top speed record, so expect it to top out somewhere north of 270mph. Price? £1.5 million plus.

Incidentally, the name ‘Chiron’ is after Louis Chiron, one of the great pre-War racing drivers who took several big wins for Bugatti.

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By Only Motors

Image via Instagram user ericohessle