Bugatti has given us our first official glimpse at its Veyron successor, only that glimpse comes in the form of a sound recording of the car’s engine note rather than any actual visual clues. In this official teaser video, we hear some inspirational words about imagining the impossible and see a road streaming by, but then, in the final few seconds, we hear the Bugatti Veyron successor’s engine roar to life.
Test mules for the car, which is tipped to be called the Chiron and due sometime next year, have been spied for more than a year, and one of the first prototypes was spotted in Germany back in May. And just this week a photo alleged to depict a more advanced prototype en route to a private showing at this weekend’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance surfaced on the Internet.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of the car now that Bugatti has started the official teaser campaign. Expect a similar shape to the Veyron but with a sharper, edgier look and feel. The familiar shape is to be expected because much of the Veyron’s design was dictated by aerodynamic and cooling requirements, and the same is true for the car’s successor.
Some things we know is that the car will feature an uprated version of the Veyron’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16. It’s possible Bugatti will offer two levels of performance this time around, though. Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn recently hinted that an 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.
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.
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