LONG LIVE THE KING
Frankfurt Gran Turismo concept previews design language of the next Veyron / #Bugatti-Veyron-II
Nothing in the motor industry stays still for very long. The #Bugatti-Veyron
is now over and in its place is about to come the next Bugatti hypercar. It’s believed to be called the Chiron, named after 1930s Bugatti racing driver Louis Chiron.
Some fortunate #Bugatti
customers have enjoyed an exclusive preview at the beautiful Bugatti mansion in Molsheim, and the asking price is rumoured to be around ¤2.2 million. Meanwhile, mere mortals got a taste of what’s to come when Bugatti translated from the digital world the Bugatti racer that had been developed for the video game Gran Turismo. ‘This project showcases Bugatti’s new design language, which we have developed to celebrate this new chapter in our history,’ says Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer.
So, what do you get for your black credit card-wilting outlay? A full 1480bhp and the promise of a top speed of 288mph with tyres specially developed to prevent them exploding at this ultra-velocity. The Chiron is a heavily developed Veyron so it retains the quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre, #Bugatti-W16
engine, four-wheel-drive system (with torque vectoring) and seven-speed, dualclutch transmission.
These pictures (below) are of the Gran Turismo concept, but those who have seen the Chiron say it is instantly recognisable as a Bugatti thanks to its signature horseshoe front grille and well-planted stance. The carbonfibre bodywork is more angular than before and double-barrelled headlights add menace. There are large vents in the front wings as well as air scoops on the roof, and the four round tail-lights are replaced by a full-width LED light-bar embedded in a silver carrier. The exhaust is integrated in a new end panel shaped like a stylised ‘B’.
The revised W16 engine will feature cylinder deactivation, electric-actuated turbocharging and direct injection. Bugatti is planning to build 500 examples and the Chiron will be launched at Geneva in 2016. The King of the road is back, long live the King!
Above. Until the new #Bugatti-Vision-Gran-Turismo
arrives (expected to be called the Chiron, at the #2016
Geneva show), this Gran Turismo concept unveiled at Frankfurt is the biggest clue as to what comes next.