Bugatti Chiron Teaser Previews 1,500-HP Roar
Evolution of the supercar’s quad-turbo W-16.
The supercar that redrew the lines in 2005, the Veyron, is on the verge of a successor. And if this teaser video of the exhaust note is any indicator, the upcoming Bugatti Chiron will be even wilder and more absurd than before.
Although the Veyron's quad-turbo W-16 engine will carry over into the Bugatti Chiron, improvements will push output up 300 hp to about 1,500 hp. The extra grunt will come from increased boost pressure via electric turbocharging, as well as direct fuel injection. Judging by the thunderous growl Bugatti lets us here at the end of this teaser video, the monstrous powerplant will be a behemoth in every sense of the word.
The Bugatti Chiron will send its power through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, to a torque-vectorin all-wheel-drive system. The basic carbon-fiber architecture is drawn from the Veyron, but more than 90 percent of the supercar's parts will be altered, revised, or replaced to increase rigidity and slash weight. We'd expect a 0-60-mph sprint of just over 2 seconds, and a top speed well above 280 mph.
When the Bugatti Chiron is unveiled 2016, it'll be the culmination of a long journey from when the Veyron bowed more than a decade earlier. A lot's changed at Volkswagen Group since then, most notably the sour departure of the Bugatti brand's champion, Ferdinand Piëch. Given that Bugatti doesn't actually rake in any money for VW, serving mainly to deliver a halo hypercar for reputation's sake, the success of the Chiron could determine the future of the brand.
Stay tuned for more on the Bugatti Chiron as we get it.