Rumor: Bugatti Veyron successor will be called Chiron

Article by Christian A., on September 8, 2014

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.

If you don't like the name, maybe you shoudl consider buying the latest Bugatti Legend "Jean-Pierre Wimille" Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. The vehicle bears an obvious similarity to the historical Type 57G Tank race car in both interior and exterior designs.

The Jean-Pierre Wimille Legend’s body is composed of carbon and with its blue finish, which is a characteristic French racing car color in the old days, it pays homage to the Type 57G Tank race car. The historic vehicle’s light and dark blue color split has also been applied to the Vitesse and often runs across entire body parts. This is an artistic endeavor that demands great craftsmanship and technical expertise.

Moreover, the dark blue exposed carbon contrasts harmoniously with the "Bleu Wimille" light blue paint finish, which has been created especially for this model in order to stay faithful to the 57G Tank’s original color. What’s more, the vehicle’s entire front area, side doors, and the so-called "medaillon" (French name for the section behind the doors) likewise have the "Bleu Wimille" paint finish. Only the front wing panels’ upper part has remained done in dark blue exposed carbon, which reflects the historic racing car's stunning "Wimille stripes" design.

Meanwhile, the interior also reflects the attention to details and the dual-tone color scheme. The car’s headliner, seat inserts, and footwells are upholstered in "Bleu Wimille" and for a sense of contour, seat bolsters are done in dark blue, known as "Lake Blue." This shade of blue is also carried through in the center console, dash panel, and doors, creating a color dialogue for the interior. Delivering contrasting yet subtle accents to this are its decorative stitchings in light blue.

As a tribute to Jean-Pierre Wimille, a Grand Prix motor racer who helped Bugatti achieve victories at the 1937 and 1939 “24 Hours of Le Mans,” designers for the special edition Veyrons Bugatti vehicle developed a unique and special decorative stitching in blue, white and red. These French national colors are used on the car’s gearshift lever and steering wheel, giving them an authentic sense of elegance.

Furthermore, the signature of Jean-Pierre Wimille has been stitched in "Bleu Wimille" across the car’s headrests.

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