Bugatti has revealed that despite Volkswagen’s upcoming cuts as part of the dieselgate scandal, the upcoming Chiron hypercar won’t be affected by the cut backs.
Recently, Volkswagen chief executive Matthias Muller said “we will review all planned investments, and what isn’t absolutely vital will be canceled or delayed.” This statement led some to suggest that the Chiron project could have been scrapped as it is unlikely to make the company any money. As a matter of fact, Bugatti is said to have lost $6.25 million every every Veyron sold.
However, Jalopnik reports that Bugatti will continue to develop and ultimately launch the Chiron as originally planned.
Private viewings for the Bugatti Chiron have already been held at the company’s Molsheim headquarters with a number of deposits having already been placed. Unlike the Veyron which was limited to 450 units, Car Magazine suggests that a total of 500 Chirons will be produced.
According to inside sources, the Chiron will feature the same basic quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine as the Veyron. However, boost will be increased and at least two of the turbos will be electrically driven units. As a result, the new French hypercar should pump out 1500 hp and consequently be capable of hitting 100 km/h in just over 2 seconds before topping out at over 450 km/h.