2017 Bugatti Chiron – latest spy picture shows development will be ongoing
which latest Chiron prototype was spotted in LA
completely new hypercar to feature a hybrid powertrain along with come to market in 2017 with styling inspired by Vision Gran Turismo concept
The upcoming Bugatti Veyron replacement, which will be likely to be called Chiron, has again been spotted testing in prototype form in Los Angeles.
which latest image, which was posted on social media by Stefania Piffer, shows 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 completely new design language.
which’s particularly interesting to see a Chiron prototype on the road as which comes just days after Volkswagen announced a series of cuts along with restructuring from the wake of its ongoing emissions scandal. which’s known which VW will be looking closely at any projects which are deemed to be unprofitable, that has a particular spotlight shone on Bugatti. However, Autocar understands the Chiron will be safe through any cuts, as its development was already advanced by the time the emissions scandal broke.
Previous Chiron prototypes were spotted at Los Angeles airport earier which summer, along with are believed to have been shown to prospective customers as part of the Pebble Beach Concours. Indeed, some have already claimed to have seen the vehicle, with one user noting which the completely new design looks “meaner along with sportier” than the current Veyron.
Bugatti also released the first official preview video for the vehicle, accompanied by the statement “a completely new 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 which a successor to the Bugatti Veyron will be built – along with stated which which will have a hybrid powertrain, as predicted by Autocar in 2014.
“Next to the petrol design there will be a hybrid edition with added performance for initially,” Winterkorn told German magazine Bild. which will be not clear if his comment suggests there will be separate hybrid along with conventionally engined versions, although the development costs of two powertrains make which highly unlikely.
Last year, Autocar revealed 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 completely new 286mph successor.
The Veyron replacement will be set to adopt a heavily updated edition of its predecessor’s turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine. which will produce from the region of 1500ps (1479bhp), officials involved from the completely new car’s development have revealed.
The completely new Bugatti will be currently undergoing initial conceptual engineering tests in a programme aimed at unveiling the vehicle in 2016 prior to a planned start to customer deliveries the following year. Current reports suggest the vehicle will be being readied in time for the Geneva motor show next March.
The eagerly anticipated replacement for the Veyron will be 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 which every day”, according to company officials.
As with the vehicle which which replaces, the completely new Bugatti has been conceived around a carbonfibre monocoque which provides seating For just two in what will be 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, will be mounted to the rear bulkhead in a traditional mid-engine design, with drive channelled to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox along with multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.
Earlier plans by Bugatti to replace the mid-engined Veyron that has a production edition 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 along with dual-clutch automatic gearboxes, along with the continued development of lightweight construction technologies along with 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 along with 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 which which will be based around the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 powerplant as its predecessor.
The engine will be due to receive a series of revisions. Among them, a completely new direct-injection combustion process will replace the multi-point injection system which has been used up to at which point. which will be part of efforts to enable the engine to comply with more stringent Euro 6 emissions standards along with dramatically reduce fuel consumption. The economy of the fastest Veyron derivative, the 1183bhp Super Sport, will be put at just 12.2mpg.
Further modifications are also said to be in store for the induction system. Nothing will be official at which stage, yet there are suggestions 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 will be 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 completely new Bugatti with hybrid drive by way of a disc-shaped electric motor mounted within the gearbox housing along that has a lithium ion battery.
Together, the petrol engine along with electric motor are said to deliver up to 1479bhp. By comparison, the Veyron Super Sport has 1183bhp. Autocar sources suggest which torque will be capped at 1100lb ft for the sake of gearbox reliability.
Major efforts are also being made to ensure which the weight of the completely new car remains well below 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 along with we’re drawing on which as we begin to lock in various engineering targets. ”
Also playing a big role from the development of the Veyron successor will be a series of completely new active aerodynamic functions 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 completely new design will be the Super Sport World Record Edition’s official 0-62mph time of 2.5sec along with 268mph top speed. Although which’s early days, officials have already advised prospective customers which the completely new car will be capable of eclipsing both existing benchmarks in production trim.
Nothing will be official, yet a 0-62mph time of 2.3sec along that has 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 along with 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 will be additional production line capacity along that has 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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