If you’ve been living in the dark up to this point, the world record-smashing Bugatti Veyron has reached its production end, and taken a deep bow in the form of the Veyron “La Finale,” unveiled at Geneva. Meanwhile, Volkswagen AG is already hard at work developing its equally ungodly successor: the 2016 Bugatti Chiron.
This Bugatti Chiron, named in honor of Bugatti racing driver Louis Chiron, is still mostly shrouded in mystery; all testing so far has taken place secretively, the Chiron’s obscure test mules wearing the skins of so many Veyrons.
But now, an exposé published by the UK’s Car Magazine provides us with an informed forecast of what to expect, illuminating at least a little some of the Bugatti Chiron’s shadowy details.
Car offers some more support for murmurings we’d heard some time ago, such as that the new, 2016 Bugatti Chiron will feature an 8.0-liter W16 powerplant essentially similar to that used in the Veyron. The magazine also reports that electric-actuated turbochargers will fortify the mill’s intake charge, and that the engine will feature direct-injection. That’s in contrast to the Veyron’s multi port-injection.
Additionally, Car provides us with an artist’s interpretation of what the Bugatti Chiron may look like (available on their website), as well as some very intriguing target performance figures: 1,500+ HP, 1,100+ lb-ft of torque, and a breathtaking 2 seconds to 60 mph.
The Bugatti Chiron also has a reported top speed target of 288 mph. Assuming that the Veyron successor maintains close to the same drag area, and manages to achieve its lofty power target, it ought to meet or exceed that target with ease.
We don’t see why 290+ mph would be out of the question. If that doesn’t give you the chills, we can’t help you.