Bugatti Chiron spotted testing and teased in Christmas greeting card; debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show
The torch-bearer to the new generation of Bugatti hypercars is about to set all guns blazing with its unveiling in March. The successor to the Bugatti Veyron has been endorsed with Chiron nameplate earlier this month and the veil will be lifted off it at the official launch in the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
The Molsheim-based company has tied us all over with the teaser image of the Bugatti Chiron on its Christmas greeting card for the holiday season. The card reads “Season’s greetings from Bugatti, to be unwrapped in Geneva 2016 ” below which the Chiron name is written at the bottom. In the middle of those lines, you could easily spot the Chiron’s outline with aggressive fenders and a sloping roofline.
The Bugatti Chiron is inspired by the Vision Gran Turismo Concept revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September. It commemorated the Type 57 Tank that won Le Mans in 1937 and 1939 with a signature bluish double-tone paintjob, a subtle NACA roof-mounted air intake and central fin originated from the Type 57 Atlantic racer of 1936.
The Chiron is expected to carry styling details from that virtual racer and it’s already been spotted testing a number of times in America, Germany, VW’s Nardo testing facility and in parts of Europe. The new spy video shows two Bugatti Chirons in a cavalcade of supercars along with Lamborghini Huracan, Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder and BMW i8.
Outside of people in Bugatti, the potential customers have been previewed with the taste of how Bugatti Chiron will look like in several private events and it’s believed 100 pre-orders have been registered for the exotic machine. The production capacity of the Chiron is speculated to be no more than 500 units to underline its exclusiveness.
The Bugatti Chiron will be powered by an uprated version of Veyron’s 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine incorporating technologies like cylinder deactivation, electronically-aided turbochargers and direct injection. The retuned standard internal combustion unit could produce an approximate power output of 1500hp and as much peak torque.
The hypercar can sprint from standstill to 100kmph in just 2.3 seconds – two tenths quicker than standard Veyron and can reach a spellbinding top speed of around 460kmph to succeed its bigger brother as the fastest production car in the world.
Rumours have it that Bugatti could opt for a hybrid power unit as well to keep the environmentalists in merry much like its nearest competitors the unmistakable McLaren P1, the Nurburgring tamer Porsche 918 Spyder and the glorious Ferrari La Ferrari. All these bonkers figures is estimated to come at a price of $2.4 million.