The problem with creating a world-changing hypercar like the Veyron is that its designers have to eventually go and do it again. This exactly the dilemma presently facing Bugatti. Thankfully for us, the VW-owned luxury hypercar maker is up to the challenge. And we’re now getting a few details of just what the Veyron replacement can do … and it sounds incredible.
With the final Veyron off the assembly line, Bugatti has been hard at work developing its successor, which has reportedly been dubbed “Chiron.” Details are scarce, but UK’s CAR Magazine has supposedly spilled many of the beans, including the fact that the new car can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 2.0 seconds flat.
That’s just fast by hypercar standard but by Superman standards as well.
All this sprinting power comes from the Chiron’s updated power plant, which reportedly takes the Veyron’s 8.0-liter W16 engine and pumps out 1,500 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. That’s about 300 hp more than the Veyron Super Sport model and right on track to butt heads with the Koenigsegg Regera.
If the rumors are to believed, the new car’s projected top speed would be in the range of 288 miles per hour. That’s only 34 miles per hour faster than the Veyron’s 254 mph world record, but it’s still a substantial leap forward.
Many auto spotters have been snagging a few test mules trotting about, but they are revealing little under the Veyron camo they’ve been kitted with.
The Chiron will be fully revealed (and officially named) sometime in 2016, so it won’t be too long a wait to see what the final result is. That just gives us time to sort out if the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, or the Porsche 918 is the top modern supercar before the Chiron comes and wipes them off the track.