In the first official admission of its long-rumoured name, Bugatti has confirmed the new Chiron hypercar will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

The Chiron replaces the record-breaking Veyron and promises more of everything: more power, more speed, more luxury. There are no concrete details about the car yet. The assumption is it will be powered by a revised version of the Veyron’s 8.0-litre, quad-turbo W16 motor, possibly augmented by a hybrid system. Power will likely be in the region of 1,500bhp, giving a top speed on the far side of 260mph. Late-stage prototypes have been spotted out and about recently.

Bugatti has used the Chiron name before on an early pre-Veyron concept shown in 1999. The name comes from Louis Chiron, one of the greatest racing drivers of the pre-war era. He joined the Bugatti factory team in 1928, his many wins helping to cement the French marque’s sporting reputation.

Chiron wasn’t one of the names used for the six ‘Les Legendes de Bugatti’ special edition Veyrons; now we know why. The Veyron was also named after a great Bugatti racer, Pierre Veyron, a point many enthusiasts found amusing as company founder Ettore Bugatti allegedly hated Veyron. It seems his relationship with Chiron was much better.

We’ll find out more about the Bugatti Chiron in due course.

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By Only Motors