A spy video has just emerged showing the Bugatti Veyron’s successor, reportedly dubbed the Bugatti Chiron, in the midst of testing. The video shows the new French hypercar testing in its redesigned body for the first time rather than in the body of a Veyron.
The following clip shows two Bugatti Chiron mules testing alongside a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition, a BMW i8 and bright green Lamborghini Huracan. While the sides of the two prototypes bare clear resemblances to the existing Veyron, they feature completely bespoke rear-ends with a large rear wing, redesigned fascia and a different decklid included.
Car Magazine reports that thanks to an uprated variant of the Veyron’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine delivering 1500 hp and 1106 lb-ft of torque, the Bugatti Chiron could rocket to 100 km/h in a mere 2 seconds and a top speed of 463 km/h (288 mph). If these figures are achieved, then the Chiron will comfortably be the world’s fastest and quickest accelerating production car.
Elsewhere, Car Magazine claims that the Chiron will utilise cylinder deactivation and electric-actuated turbocharging meaning it’ll achieve 14 mpg on the combined cycle. Additionally, it is suggested that 92 per cent of the Chiron’s parts will be brand new or modified over the Veyron and that former Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech pushed back its launch from this year to 2015 to 2016.
Beyond the upgrades to the engine and inevitably tweaks to the dual-clutch transmission, Bugatti engineers are pinned to focus heavily on stripping away any unnecessary weight from so the Chiron weighs less than the 1840 kg Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.