New Bugatti Chiron confirmed, will be unveiled at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 1, 2015

Watch out for the global debut of the replacement of the Bugatti Veyron - the Chiron - at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2016. The Veyron replacement was named after Louis Chiron, a Bugatti works driver in the 1920s and 1930s.

Bugatti considers Chiron as the best racing driver in the world during his time, noting that his name is more associated with Bugatti’s history than any other racer. The French manufacturer promised that when Chiron makes its debut in Geneva, it will be the most powerful and fastest, as well as the most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car in the world ever.

To date, the super sports car maker is finalizing the marketing work for the Chiron, and has already received over 100 pre-orders. To finalize its tuning, this new Bugatti hypercar, through a number of prototypes, is currently being tested in a variety of roads and climate conditions in a number of continents.

These tests are part of a rigorous testing program designed to make the Chiron “significantly better” than the Veyron, Bugatti president Wolfgang Dürheimer remarked. A number of Chiron prototypes were already donning most of the production parts, revealing basically a watered down version of the Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

While Bugatti has yet to reveal the Chiron's technical specs, there have been reports that it will be powered by a new version of the quad-turbo W16 8.0-liter engine that will provide around 1,500 PS (1,103 kW) of output and 1,500 Nm (1,107 lb-ft) of torque.

This level of power – to be transmitted to the wheels via a seven-speed DSG – will allow the Chiron to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.3 seconds and from nil to 186 mph (0-300 km/h) in 15 seconds. It will be able to reach a top speed pegged at between 470 km/h and 480 km/h, to be indicated by a speedometer that could show speeds of up to 500 km/h.

To ensure proper cooling of the W16 engine, the Chiron will be equipped with 15 radiators. Reports have also indicated that the Chiron will feature 20-inch wheels at front and 21-inch wheels at rear, all wrapped in customized Michelin Pilot Sport PAX tires.

Installed brake disks will have a diameter of 420 mm on the front and 400 mm on the rear. Bugatti will probably produce only 500 examples of the Chiron, compared to just 450 units of the Veyron. The figure, however, may include the Chiron Targa that would be launched in 2018.

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