The statement from Bugatti that the release of a replacement for the Veyron would have to be something even better than what the Veyron was made skeptics wonder when the new supercar would show up. The celebratory sale and presentation of the final Veyron marked a bittersweet end of an era that let us see one of the most amazing cars on the planet for nearly ten years as one so many were built and sold during the time of the Veyron production.
The answer to the question of when we may see the next great super sports car from Bugatti may have come much sooner than expected with the announcement of the unveiling of the Bugatti Chiron for 2016. Most likely the Chiron will be showcased at auto shows during 2016 and eventually make its way to the production line as the super wealthy begin ordering and the rest of us simply marvel at this amazing new car that has somehow and so quickly replaced the Veyron.
The Chiron is expected to have an power set up that offers up to 1500 horsepower and be able to reach sixty mph in less than 2.5 seconds. This will certainly require a much more dynamic handling and suspension system to be in place to handle this huge increase in power. Amazingly a hybrid model is not expected to be seen for this beautiful new power player. Instead the quad-turbocharged W-16 engine with direct fuel injection will bring the power in the 1,200 to 1,500 range and bring in a top speed that will shake the earth at 288 mph.
Early photos show us a car that offers a range of curves and surfaces that are made to help improve two of the most important parts of supercar driving; downforce and airflow. Each and every rounded area is made to increase not only your love for the looks of the car but improve the overall performance of this crazy-fast super car that shows off with great style and the ability to win your heart with only one drive, or in most cases with only one look.
Why do I keep saying most of us? Simply put the price tag already associated with the Chiron shows up at $2.5 million, which is a huge amount of money to put out for a new supercar, even if it is the fastest on the planet. No word has been released yet as to how many Chiron models Bugatti will be willing to produce but you can be sure it will be a limited number if it follows in the 450 limit the Veyron had.
So, while we thought we might have to wait a couple years to see what Bugatti would have to replace the Veyron, they turn around and show up with the Chiron, which I hope is ready to go. Car show attendance in the future may bring in bigger crowds with the Chiron being shown off as many of us will only get a chance to see one in person at these venues.