This Christmas season, Bugatti teased audiences with a Christmas card teaser of the upcoming Bugatti Chiron. Some lucky enthusiasts hope that they will see the car with a bow on it a few Christmas seasons from now while others can’t wait to see what it will actually look like.
The Chiron will serve as the replacement for the Veyron, which has boasted the title of the world’s fastest production vehicle since it’s introduction in 2008. It sold 450 units with a starting price of $1.7 million just to get a hold of the base model with some owners paying $2.5 for the quicker and better equipped models. This Christmas the french automaker dropped the not-so-subtle hint that they will be unveiling the Chiron at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show.
The advertisement, which came in the form of a Christmas card, was probably more exciting than the one you got from your aunt. Although the card pictured the Chiron, it was draped with a cloth which leaves enthusiasts guessing. From what gear heads can gather, the Chiron will have fluid lines that mimic it’s predecessor with a rear that looks eerily similar to the late Lamborghini Murcielago. This fluidity is necessary for vehicles capable of reaching speeds in excess of 250 miles per hour like the Veyron was.
The Chiron is rumored to keep the Veyron’s 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbo engine, according to Car Magazine yesterday. The engine will likely feature around 1,500 horsepower, 1,100 feet of torque and capable of a top speed of 298 mph, according to Car World Fans. It will likely speed from 0-62 mph in 2.3 seconds due to it’s engine which is circa 25 percent more powerful than Bugatti’s 1,184 horsepower top Veyron.
The fluid sculpting is needed for the quick Chiron as it needs much more power to propel itself just a tad bit faster than the Veyron. This is due to the air resistance that vehicles experience as they go faster. The quicker they go the more the air turns into a dense fruitcake which resists movement more prevalently.
Bugatti claims that there are approximately 100 pre orders of the Chiron on file for the expected starting price of $2.4 million. It is said that there will be 500 produced which includes all versions from the original to the topless version.
The Chrion gets it’s name from Bugatti driver Louis Chiron who drove during Monaco Grand Prix in 1955.
“He would be very proud that such an extraordinary sports car was to bear his name, especially one from a brand with which he achieved his greatest successes.” Lydie Barre-Chiron, relative of Louis Chiron, said.
Although it will be revealed at the Geneva Auto Show this March, experts expect that it will not go on sale until 2018.