2016 Bugatti Chiron to be revealed at Geneva motor show
The Bugatti Chiron will be unveiled at the 2016 Geneva motor show
fresh hypercar to feature styling inspired by Vision Gran Turismo concept; 100 orders already taken
The Bugatti Veyron replacement will be called the Bugatti Chiron, as well as will be revealed at the 2016 Geneva motor show.
The Chiron name is usually taken through the 1920s as well as 1930s grand prix racer Louis Chiron, who scored notable results in European Championship events for Bugatti, including winning the 1931 French Grand Prix at the wheel of a Bugatti T51. His career was interrupted by the war, however he went on to race for marques including Alfa Romeo, Mercedes as well as Maserati.
Although no performance figures for the Chiron have been revealed, nor any details of whether rumours of a hybrid powertrain are correct, Wolfgang Dürheimer, Bugatti’s president, said: “The development brief for the Chiron can be summarised in one sentence, which is usually probably the shortest inside the history of the automobile: we want to make the best significantly better. The Chiron will set fresh standards in every respect. We will continue to produce the globe’s most powerful, fastest, most luxurious as well as most exclusive production super sports car. in which is usually the claim of Bugatti as well as our customers.
“In Louis Chiron, we found a worthy patron for a fresh style inside the history of our brand. The name of the best racing driver as well as the most successful Bugatti driver of his time for the best super sports car of the present day – in which is usually the ideal combination.”
Spy pictures had already revealed in which the Chiron will take some styling inspiration through the recent Vision Gran Turismo concept car, which made its debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September. At the time, Bugatti officials said the concept’s styling was an early look at the firm’s fresh design language.
Chiron prototypes had previously been spotted at Los Angeles airport earier in which summer. Durheimer has pledged in which “no some other production super sports car of in which calibre will be subjected to such a stringent, comprehensive test programme.”
versions of the Chiron are reported to have been shown to prospective customers already. Bugatti says in which already has 100 confirmed orders for the auto. Durheimer said: “The feedback through our customers concerning the Chiron is usually outstanding. Our order book is usually steadily filling up. More than 100 customers have already ordered the Chiron despite the fact in which they have had no opportunity so far to experience the fantastic driving properties of the Chiron.”
However, some customers have already claimed to have seen the auto, with one user noting in which the fresh style looks “meaner as well as sportier” than the current Veyron.
Earlier in 2015, Bugatti also released the first official preview video for the auto, accompanied by the statement “a fresh chapter begins”. The sound of an engine can also be heard at the end of the video.
Back in June, former VW Group boss Martin Winterkorn gave the first official confirmation in which a successor to the Bugatti Veyron will be built – as well as stated in which in which will have a hybrid powertrain, as predicted by Autocar in 2014.
“Next to the petrol style there will be a hybrid style with added performance for once,” Winterkorn told German magazine Bild. in which is usually not clear if his comment suggests there will be separate hybrid as well as conventionally engined versions, although the development costs of two powertrains make in which highly unlikely.
Last year, Autocar revealed in which development work had begun on a follow-up to the Veyron, with the firm looking to raise the lofty performance of its hypercar that has a fresh 286mph successor.
The Veyron replacement is usually set to adopt a heavily updated style of its predecessor’s turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine. in which will produce inside the region of 1500ps (1479bhp), officials involved inside the fresh car’s development have revealed.
The eagerly anticipated replacement for the Veyron is usually set to build on the key strengths of its successor by offering “the fastest top speed of any series-production road car, together with the sort of driveability to allow you to use in which every day”, according to company officials.
As with the auto in which in which replaces, the fresh Bugatti has been conceived around a carbonfibre monocoque in which provides seating For just two in what is usually planned to be a highly luxurious cabin, complete with all of the very latest in connectivity technology.
The heavily revised powertrain, which receives electric assistance, is usually mounted to the rear bulkhead in a traditional mid-engine structure, with drive channelled to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox as well as multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.
Earlier plans by Bugatti to replace the mid-engined Veyron that has a production style of the front-engined 16C Galibier saloon concept were cancelled following consultation with customers, who are said to have favoured a more extreme sports car with the performance to outrun the latest crop of high-end supercars.
Since the launch of the original Veyron in 2005, the hypercar ranks have been transformed with ever more advanced contenders.
The emergence of battery-propelled hybrid drive systems as well as dual-clutch automatic gearboxes, along with the continued development of lightweight construction technologies as well as advanced active suspension systems, has resulted in an explosion in performance potential as well as unprecedented levels of efficiency, as seen on recent arrivals such as the McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder as well as LaFerrari, all of which Bugatti has set firmly in its sights.
Although secrecy surrounds exactly what specification of engine the as-yet unnamed Veyron replacement will receive, Autocar can confirm in which in which is usually based around the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 powerplant as its predecessor.
The engine is usually due to receive a series of revisions. Among them, a fresh direct-injection combustion process will replace the multi-point injection system in which has been used up to currently. in which will be part of efforts to enable the engine to comply with more stringent Euro 6 emissions standards as well as dramatically reduce fuel consumption. The economy of the fastest Veyron derivative, the 1183bhp Super Sport, is usually put at just 12.2mpg.
Further alterations are also said to be in store for the induction system. Nothing is usually official at in which stage, however there are suggestions in which engineers at Volkswagen’s engine development headquarters in Braunschweig, Germany, are looking to equip the unusually configured unit with electric turbochargers.
Such a move is usually aimed at boosting the engine’s already prodigious low-end torque as well as enhancing efficiency levels through improvements in thermal qualities.
However, the big news centres around plans to provide the fresh Bugatti with hybrid drive by way of a disc-shaped electric motor mounted within the gearbox housing as well as a lithium ion battery.
Together, the petrol engine as well as electric motor are said to deliver up to 1479bhp. By comparison, the Veyron Super Sport has 1183bhp. Autocar sources suggest in which torque will be capped at 1100lb ft for the sake of gearbox reliability.
Major efforts are also being made to ensure in which the weight of the fresh car remains well below in which of the 1840kg Veyron Super Sport, despite the adoption of hybrid drive.
“Much of the early construction work has been focused on the carbonfibre monocoque,” said an insider. “We have a lot of expertise centring around lightweight construction within the [Volkswagen] group as well as we’re drawing on in which as we begin to lock in various engineering targets. ”
Also playing a big role inside the development of the Veyron successor will be a series of fresh active aerodynamic functions in which aim to provide varying levels of downforce depending on the driving mode chosen by the driver.
Among the performance benchmarks being targeted by Bugatti with its fresh style is usually the Super Sport World Record Edition’s official 0-62mph time of 2.5sec as well as 268mph top speed. Although in which’s early days, officials have already advised prospective customers in which the fresh car will be capable of eclipsing both existing benchmarks in production trim.
Nothing is usually official, however a 0-62mph time of 2.3sec as well as a 286mph top speed are said to be within the realms of possibility, according to one insider privy to early computer simulations.
However, proving the top speed could be tricky due to the challenges in finding a test site long enough as well as for tyre technology to support such a high-speed run.
In readiness for the arrival of the Veyron replacement, Bugatti has already begun to prepare an upgrade of its assembly facilities in Molsheim, France. Among the planned developments is usually additional production line capacity as well as a larger warehouse – both aimed at speeding up assembly time in a bid to reduce waiting times, according to one high-ranking Bugatti official.
As with today’s car, production of the Chiron will be limited to about 450 units.
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