It’s already been confirmed that the coming 2016 Bugatti Chiron will use some evolution of the Veyron’s W16 engine. That engine, as you’ll recall, displaces 8.0 liters, and possesses 16 cylinders in 4 banks – hence the “W16″ label. It was enough to propel the original Bugatti Veyron 16.4 all the way to a world record-breaking 253 mph back in 2005.
All of this makes us ask: what’s with the 2016 Bugatti test mule in this Nürburgring trackside video?
This 2016 Bugatti Veyron-bodied test mule was spotted and caught on-camera by none other than the folks at BridgeToGantry, and as you can see, it’s not being very… “Bugatti-like” out on the track. Of course, the comments section of the video’s YouTube page postulated everything from an overheated engine, to a test driver still getting acquainted with the track, to James May being behind the wheel (that last suggestion is our favorite).
Of course, we don’t know, but we have to assume that the correct answer is none of the above. In fact, our best guess is that the pilot of the 2016 Bugatti Veyron-bodied test mule was simply biding time until the prying lenses of BridgeToGantry cleared-off, so as to not give anything away.
But again, this is just a guess.