There are rumblings all about the automotive universe regarding what ungodly beast Bugatti will unleash upon the world next. We don’t know much, but it seems we at least have a possible name: the Bugatti Chiron, according to Car and Driver.
The name Bugatti Chiron recalls that of a 1999 concept car developed by the French marque, the 18/3 Chiron (the “18/3” representing its 18-cylinder engine, split into three banks). It is also shared by Bugatti racing driver Louis Chiron, which is likely its origin. Chiron, in Greek mythos, was also a superlative centaur and a son of the titan Cronus.
Rumor has it that the Bugatti Chiron will make use of the same quadruple-turbo, 8 liter W16 powerplant found in the Veyron 16.4 and Super Sport variant, but coupled with an electric motor to produce just shy of 1500 hp, and compel a top speed of 270 mph or more.
The Bugatti Chiron production car isn’t slated to arrive in-the-flesh until next year, and certifiable information is non-existent. Nonetheless, given the monumental cost and rarity of the Veyron, we don’t expect a production run any greater than that of the Veyron – 450 or so units.
It certainly does make one’s spine tingle, though, doesn’t it?