NOV 30th 2015

How do you replace the Bugatti Veyron? Like this ...

It’s not been a big secret that the much-anticipated replacement for the Bugatti Veyron will be called the Chiron, but Bugatti‘s formal announcement today has still caused quite a stir…

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Apparently press and public will first clap eyes on what will be one of the fastest cars the world has ever seen at the Geneva Motor Show next year, although there had been faint rumours that the project would be dropped in light of parent company Volkswagen‘s well-documented situation.

So what can we expect? Well reputedly it will cost around £1.6m. This sounds like a lot (because of course, it is) but considering that you’ll need at least that much to acquire a LaFerrari in the current market and suddenly it’s understandable that more than 100 orders have already been placed.

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Inevitably there will be plenty of Top Trumps-style comparing of power outputs and performance figures. Much was rightly made of the Veyron’s outrageous top speed, although it wasn’t actually the fastest car money could buy – that accolade sat with the SCC Ultimate Aero TT and then the Hennessy Venom GT – although the Supersport version was reputedly measured at only .063mph below the Venom’s 270.49mph. Remember also that Koenigsegg has a few products which might be able to challenge the 270mph barrier. The Chiron? Well we understand that it should be able to clear 275mph, maybe even 280. Will we have a 300mph road car by the end of the decade? At this rate we’d bank on it …

Named after Bugatti’s most successful driver – Louis Chiron – the car, according to Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S will ‘… set new standards in every respect. We will continue to produce the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car. This is the claim of Bugatti and our customers.’ Bold stuff. We imagine that engineers in Algelsholm, Sweden (Koenigsegg) and Sealy, Texas (Hennessy) will be taking this claim very seriously. Can you imagine what their response will be?

Louis Chiron

Louis Chiron

More details will be released about the new car as we get closer to that Geneva reveal, but as it is we’re probably looking at a development of the existing eight-litre W16 which should produce a peak of 1,480bhp and well-over 1,000lb/ft of torque. The new version though will feature cylinder deactivation, direct fuel injection and some trick turbos which should improve the car’s range significantly.

Just 500 cars are slated to be produced, but with orders coming in that number is dropping all the time. Will the Chiron sweep aside the competition? Will its competitors redouble their efforts to supercede it? Whatever the outcome, it looks like the 300mph race is most certainly on. Roll-on 2016…

Photography courtesy of Bugatti

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