If you were a high-profile automaker like Bugatti, there are two ways you would try to camouflage your successor to your current vehicle, which just so happens to be the world’s fastest production vehicle:
- Make any body line unidentifiable, or
- Wrap it in some of the flashiest camo we have ever seen
Bugatti has chosen the latter, as Motor Trend’s spy shots show.
Dubbed Chiron, the Veyron successor was caught testing in Europe while attracting a small crowd with its flamboyant camouflage. It seems that the tester vehicle is wearing all of the Veyron’s body panels, but our friends at MT were able to take a peak into the engine bay.
The components spotted fall in line as to what has been reported previously: the Veyron successor will be a hybrid hyper car. The electrification makes sense considering the newest generation of super cars is taking advantage of the instant torque and power provided by electric motors. Veyron’s 8.0-liter W12 motor currently cranks out a healthy 1,200 horsepower and word has it that adding some hybrid technology will bring that up to 1,500 horses.
Other interesting bits from the spy photos include NACA ducts on the prototype mule, which does away with the usual snorkel intakes to feed air into the engine. The Veyron was always made a statement upon appearing , but these ducts give it an admittedly cleaner look up front. A revised bumper and engine bay round out the rear.
The Bugatti Chiron will have plenty of competition when it arrives to market sometime in early 2016. In the meantime, Ferrari is readying a LaFerrari LXX and we can’t imagine McLaren will sit idly by in the high horsepower war.