Word has reached us that one of the world’s great cars is about to end its production run. Bugatti has stopped production on its legendary Veyron, according to Motor Trend, and only eight ultimate supercars are left.
That’s the bad news: one of the fastest and best looking vehicles ever built is about to pass into automotive history. Now for the good news: Bugatti is working on a next generation supercar called Chiron, named after a centaur character in Greek mythology.
The Chiron will apparently have some type of electrification and could come with a 1500 horsepower engine, that’ll be 25% more powerful than the Veyron. The Veyron has an eight-cylinder engine that is capable of generating 1200 horsepower.
The next generation Bugatti will have an-new direct injection scheme with four superchargers. To add to the torque, two of the superchargers will be electrically powered. Motor Trend reports that engine package will give Chiron 1,100 pounds of torque and a 288 mph top speed. It will also be able to go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds.
Other features include a seven-speed transmission and all-wheel drive. There has also been a lot of speculation that the Chiron will be a hybrid of some sort. One possibility is that the wheels will be electrically driven to boost the speed.
Nobody knows what the Chiron will look like, but examples of what could be its prototype have been spotted and photographed in Europe. The camouflaged prototype looks a lot like a Veyron.
The automotive press expects the Chiron to hit showrooms sometime next year. So far, the price has not been revealed.
One strong possibility is that the Chiron models seen in Europe are a smokescreen. Photographers noted that the Chiron they saw had some parts apparently taken off a Polo GTI, a Volkswagen hatchback sold in Europe. It could also be a test platform for the Chiron technology.
One thing is certain, the Chiron is entering a crowded field of supercars that includes such super speedsters as the McLaren P1, the Ferrari, and the Porsche 918. All of those monsters will be hybrids. It looks like the age of the hybrid has arrived, and the era of the supercar seems to have no end in sight.