A decade ago, the Bugatti Veyron set the standard for supercars. Now the iconic carmaker is attempting to reclaim its former top perch with the Bugatti Chiron.
While vehicles like the Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 have come into prominence, the Bugatti Chiron will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016 with numerous upgrades from its current sibling.
The more powerful Bugatti is expected to have direct injection and electrically-powered turbochargers. It’s reportedly also going to feature 1,500 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque.
The current Veyron is an 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder motor in a W configuration and with four turbochargers. It produces 1,000 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque.
Power in the original Veyron is delivered via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It accelerates from 0-60 mph in less than three seconds and has a top speed 254 miles per hour.
The Veyron Super Sport, which has a additional 200 horsepower, is recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest street-legal production car 267.7 mph.
According to Automobile, while the Chiron will be built from existing architecture, 92 percent of the parts will be either new or extensively re-engineered in pursuit of enhanced structural rigidity and weight reduction. Its projection performance: 0-60 mph, 2.0 seconds and a top speed of 288 mph.
Although the price for the Bugatti Chiron hasn’t been released, its estimated price will be $2.5 million, about twice as much as a Veyron.
The new supercar is named after Louis Chiron, the race car driver from Monaco who died at age 79 in 1979.
Article Last Updated: October 1, 2015.