Bugatti confirmed that its newest hypercar will be unveiled next year at the Geneva Motor Show, as it was to be expected, and the French brand confirmed the name of its new creature — it’s indeed Chiron.
Since the first test mules of the Veyron’s successor were caught on camera yet in 2014 the name Chiron was assigned as being the name of the new beast from Molsheim.
Such as the name Veyron (which was a tribute to Pierre Veyron), the name Chiron pays tribute to a racing driver in the Bugatti’s history… Louis Alexandre Chiron, a legendary racing driver who won virtually all the major grands prix for the French brand in the 1920s and 1930s.
“The development brief for the Chiron can be summarised in one sentence and is probably the shortest in the history of the automobile: we want to make the best significantly better,” says Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S.
Bugatti says that with the Chiron, it will continue to produce the world’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car.
The Bugatti Chiron is currently being shown to selected customers and, according the brand, more than 100 orders have already been received.
The Veyron’s successor, as the Veyron itself, will use the well-known 8.0-liter W16 engine, but this time it is expected to use electric turbochargers. As the result, the Bugatti Chiron promises to put nothing less than 1500 HP on the ground and to achieve 288 mph (463 km/h) at its top speed in addition to breaking the 62mph barrier in less than 2.5 seconds.
Chiron was used previously as the name of a concept car revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1999… the 18/3 Chiron. The concept used a 6.3L W18; 18 cylinders distributed into three banks of six cylinders each.