Wolfgang Dürheimer, president and CEO, Bugatti and Bentley, in a recent interview to Caranddriver said that the successor to the Veyron will be better in every aspect and not just top speed.
An interview was given to the magazine on the sidelines of the Monterey Car Week held in California from August 10 to 16. The Bugatti head honcho said that the Veyron had raised the game when it was introduced 10 years ago and since then many manufacturers have been trying to ape the performance of the super sports car.
He did not confirm any details of the successor which is codenamed ‘Chiron’. All he said was that, “It will be better in all dimensions” and “The next Bugatti will be remarkably better than the previous one.” This means that it will be faster, powerful, more – agile, exclusive and luxurious than the Veyron. Not to mention, it will have a higher top speed and faster acceleration. There have been reports that the Chiron will hit speeds in excess of 280 mph (450 kmph); do the 0-100 kmph sprint in under two seconds and have an engine power output in excess of 1500 bhp. It will in all likelihood be more exclusive too, with Durheimer stating that, “The position of Bugatti will remain extremely sharp.” From this, we can infer that the Chiron will certainly be built in lower numbers than the 450 units reserved for the Veyron.
The Bugatti boss said that he had driven all the cars in the competition – which we assume are the hypercars from Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and Koenigsegg – and the Chiron, himself. He claimed that the successor will follow the footsteps of its predecessor and again set the benchmark that other cars in its segment will aspire to reach.
He admitted though that there were certain areas he would like the new car to improve upon like drivability and usability on the track, and stopping power. The car will be developed taking feedback from the customers, journalists and the internet.
He also said that the Bugatti Chiron will be shown soon, though we speculate that it won’t be in 2016, and unlike other companies, Bugatti will continue to remain a niche two-door sports car manufacturer with no intention of entering the SUV space.