Next Bugatti supercar named Chiron

The name of the Veyron successor has been confirmed: it will be called the Bugatti Chiron and will launch at the 2016 Geneva motor show, Molsheim has confirmed.The name won’t be unfamiliar to those who’ve been following the Veyron successor’s development over the last few months since we first reported on it back in early 2015. And Chiron the name? Well, it references Louis Chiron, the company’s most successful racing driver in the 1920s and ’30s.The official news also brings to an end speculation that the hypercar could be culled in the spending review underway at parent company Volkswagen, as Wolfsburg reins in all non-essential spending to pay for fines and recalls associated with the global #dieselgate emissions scandal.
The Chiron will cost a reputed €2.2 million (£1.6m) at launch for a base-spec model, according to our sister publication Car UK – that’s a wallet-wilting £650 000 more than the Veyron, ain’t inflation a beehatch. And a string of roadsters and special editions in the pipeline will only send that number spiralling upwards. This is a hypercar like no other, carrying on where the Veyron 16.4 left off and trampling all over the stats of LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918.Not in driver enjoyment and pure-bred thrills, perhaps, but certainly in all-out stat-off war. The new Bugatti, seen in prototype form in new spy pics, sticks with 16 cylinders arranged again in W formation (a 14-cylinder engine was also contemplated), with power set to top 1100kW and 1500Nm of torque for performance figures to shame most F1 cars: 465kph top speed and 0-100kph in 2.3sec.
Prospects for the new Bugatti supercar have already been shown the Chiron at the company’s glitzy Molsheim headquarters in eastern France. Despite a price tag swollen considerably from the 2005 Veyron’s €1.3m (£945,000), more than 100 clients have already placed deposits. While Bugatti built 450 Veyrons, we understand that the company is planning to make 500 Chirons. That’s if the world economy holds up, presumably…’The development brief for the Chiron can be summarised in one sentence and is probably the shortest in the history of the automobile: we want to make the best significantly better,’ said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bugatti president. ‘The Chiron 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. In Louis Chiron, we found a worthy patron for a new model in the history of our brand. The name of the best racing driver and the most successful Bugatti driver of his time for the best super sports car of the present day – that is the ideal combination.’