The successor to the Bugatti Veyron known as the Bugatti Chiron has been caught testing. And not one but two prototypes were spotted doing test runs with different tail lights. The spy shots come to us courtesy of Magazin ProDriver CZ, through their Facebook page.
The test mules were not wearing any paint and the exposed bodywork clearly showed the design of the upcoming hypercar, though the front wasn’t snapped. There were a number of elements taken from the Vision Gran Turismo concept that was unveiled earlier at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Arguably, the most prominent feature is the big horse shoe at the sides which is mostly the air intake for the engine. Another notable aspect is the central spine that is seen running from the front of the car to the rear.
The rear profile looks considerably less bulky than the Veyron. The spoiler also looks slimmer, while the rear diffuser looks to have been revised with the position of the exhaust remaining the same, there are twin tail pipes now instead of the single found on the original. The interesting part about these pictures are that the two mules bear different tail lights, serving as an indicator that this is not the final version and some changes can still be expected.
The Chiron will continue to be powered by the monstrous 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbo engine that is touted to generate more than 1,500 hp and will likely have a hybrid setup assisted by electric turbochargers. To compensate for the added weight of the powertrain, the body should feature loads of carbon fiber. When launched, the Chiron will likely be the fastest production car on the planet with a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of little over two seconds and top speed around 280 mph (450 km/h).
The Bugatti Chiron is expected to make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show taking place in March, with a phenomenal USD 2.2 million asking price. There are also reports that a private presentation for special clients has already taken place in London with 110 units already accounted for, out of the 500 said to be planned for production.