Bugatti’s Veyron 16.4 will get a successor next year and the company officially confirmed the upcoming vehicle, but there are no details regarding the name of the new hypercar. Caranddriver seems to know more and shared with us that the new Veyron successor will be called Chiron, just like the concept car unveiled back in 1999 and created by Italdesign Giugiaro.
The concept car took its name from Luis Alexandre Chiron, a Grand Prix driver who won most of its races while driving Bugatti cars. Bugatti remembered him with the special 18/3 Chiron Concept but it appears that the French carmaker now owned by Volkswagen Group will take things even further, if Caranddriver is right about it.
The 18/3 Chiron was a mid-engine design powered by the same W18 engine found on the EB 118 and EB 218 concept cars that was designed by Volkswagen and developed 555 hp (408 kW) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque.
Called Chiron or now, the successor is expected to receive the same W16 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged engine found on the current Veyron but also an electric motor.
The total output delivered by the hybrid system will be around 1,500 hp (1,103 kW) in order to offer a top speed of 435 km/h or 270 mph. Moreover, the Veron successor will see a production run of 450 units, just like the Veyron and according to VW’s design chief Walter de Silva it will redefine the benchmarks in its segment.