It’s well known Bugatti is working on a successor to its Veyron. Test mules have been running around secret locations for more than a year, one of the first prototypes was spotted in Germany back in May, and just last week Bugatti released an official teaser video. Now we have what may be our best look yet at the car, which is tipped to be called the Chiron and due to debut sometime next year.
First, Dutch website Autoblog.nl posted a photo of a prototype for the Veyron successor. The car was snapped while being unloaded at Los Angeles International Airport prior to being transported to the recent Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for a private showing, the type where cell phones are collected before guests are allowed in. Now, two more photos have been posted online (see below), this time by Instagram user hungry_penguin (via duPont Registry).
While the cars remain heavily camouflaged, plenty of details can be gathered. The styling is clearly evolutionary, but the lines are somewhat edgier and give the car a more modern feel. The lights are only temporary units but the outside edge appears to feature a sharp crease, which contrasts with the curved edge featured on the Veyron.
It’s possible that the Veyron successor will offer two levels of performance (notice there are two prototypes, one with a massive wing extended). Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn recently hinted that the expected hybrid system on the Veyron successor will be reserved for a high-performance variant, with the standard model to be powered exclusively by an internal combustion engine. That engine will be common to both models, though. It will be an uprated version of the Veyron’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16.
Peak output of the hybrid variant is expected to top 1,500 horsepower, which will allow the Veyron successor to accelerate from 0-60 mph in close to 2.0 seconds, down from 2.5 seconds in the 1,184-hp Veyron Super Sport. Top speed, meanwhile, is thought to be as high as 288 mph, or about 20 mph faster than the land speed record-holding Veyron Super Sport.