We’ve been reporting on rumors for awhile now regarding the Bugatti Chiron, which is (as far as anyone knows) what the Veyron’s successor will be named.
The most recent news we had was speculation that Bugatti was in fact testing three different powertrains in as many test mules. If photographer Wilco Blok is to be believed, the Bugatti Chiron mule that he recently snapped photos of testing at the Nürburgring is propelled by the rumored 1500 HP hybrid system, which uses the same 8.0 liter, quadruple-turbo W16 as the Veyron (plus direct-injection), coupled with an electric motor.
Curiously, our source on this – GT Spirit – seems quite confident not only that this is unquestionably the powertrain in this particular test mule, but also that it made precisely 1479 HP. We don’t know how sound that information is, so take it with a degree of skepticism.
This is the second time in recent memory that a Bugatti Chiron powertrain test mule has been spotted at the Nürburgring, and with the production car possibly coming as soon as 2017, we should have plenty more verifiable Bugatti Chiron information soon.