The Bugatti Chiron has been one of the most speculated cars this year. There was speculation of its existence, whether or not it would have a hybrid powertrain and there was even speculation around the project being scrapped amid the whole dieselgate scandal.
The festive season brings seasonal cheers from Bugatti as they have confirmed that the Chiron will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The Bugatti Chiron is named after Louis Chiron, a former Bugatti racer who brought a number of Grand Prix successes to the French manufacturer during the 1920s and 30s.
Bugatti have one goal for the Chiron and that was for it to be significantly better than the Veyron.
With the hypercar now confirmed to have a global debut at next year’s Geneva Motor Show, the main unanswered question is what will be powering the successor to one of the most powerful and fastest cars ever made.
To follow up the Veyron’s act is going to take some doing. In it’s most powerful Super Sport trim, the Bugatti Veyron produced 1,184 hp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque. That was enough for the rather heavy Veyron Super Sport, weighing around 1,900 kg, to sprint from 0-62 mph in around 2.5s and onto a top speed of 267 mph.
The Bugatti Veyron had a staggering 8.0L W16 quad-turbocharged nuke powering it but there is speculation over that engine returning in the Chiron.
Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche have all adopted some form of electric motors into their hypercars as a way to improve performance as well as economy (which sounds ridiculous in 800+ horsepower hypercars).
It seems like that may be the logical direction for Bugatti to take with the Chiron.
The Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo concept suggested what the Chiron could produce with power coming from a hybrid version of the 8.0L W16 engine. Numbers stand at an incredible 1,627bhp and 1,106 lb-ft of torque. While that is just the in-game figures from Gran Turismo, it could be a suggestion as to what Bugatti’s engineers aim to get out of the Chiron.
For now all details and the Chiron itself remains under wraps. We can expect to learn more at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.