What in the World is this Strange Bugatti Chiron Test Mule Doing on the Road?
Introduced in 2016, the Bugatti Chiron has already spawned eight variations ranging from simple special-edition models to unique cars like the La Voiture Noire. But the supercar firm isn’t planning to stop just yet, and a new test mule spotted by our paparazzi proves just that. We don’t know what it is yet, but we’re looking at three different scenarios.
Everybody knows that the Nurburgring attracts automakers from all over the world with almost all of them using the track as a testing ground for their newest models. But there’s one company that rarely makes that that trip for that specific purpose, so it was pretty surprising to see Bugatti doing some test runs at the ’Ring with what can only be described as a mysterious looking Veyron.
This video of the strange Veyron was captured taking in some test laps at the famous German circuit, and from the looks of things, there’s something going on with the supercar’s engine because the entire cover has been taken out. Clearly, Bugatti was doing some performance testing on the car, presumably making some tweaks and revisions to the engine in between these hot laps.
Could this be a new, special-edition Veyron that Bugatti has in store, or could this be a mule testing out the drivetrain of the promised second-generation Veyron?
Only time will tell, but if you ask me, this could be a special-edition Veyron that Bugatti is preparing ahead of the supercar’s exit. Besides, there’s still no timetable on when the successor is going to be launched, so in the meantime, Bugatti is probably preparing one special model to give the it the kind of exit it so richly deserves.
Click past the jump to see the spy video.
A few years ago, Bugatti had set out to create the world’s fastest convertible car. They wanted "a car that would redefine the boundaries of technology in automotive construction while appealing to the aesthetically inclined and connoisseurs of exceptional automobiles." This idea gave birth to the Veyron Grand Sport which debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2008. Then, in 2010, Bugatti revealed the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport which had already been entered into the Guinness Book of Records with an average top speed of 431 km/h (267 mph). These two Bugatti models have had a successful go around in the automotive world, but at the tail end of the Veyron’s production, Bugatti has decided to smash these two vehicles together for one last and unforgettable special edition. World, meet the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Super Sport.
Just last week, Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, was discussing a future special edition displaying a Super Sport package for the Veyron Grand Sport model - the Veyron’s open top model. We figured this vehicle would be seen in a couple of years, but our spy photographers have already captured the first images of the vehicle entirely free of its camouflage.
UPDATE 01/04/2012: Bugatti has confirmed that the convertible version of the Veyron Super Sport will be making its world debut in March at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Hit the jump for more details on the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Super Sport.
Bugatti has already built the last model of the 300 Veyron units planned, but they have been keeping themselves busy preparing and revising the future production version of the 16C Galibier concept unveiled last year.
Named after a famous Alpine pass featured in the Tour de France, the Galibier will be one of the most powerful luxury sedans currently available on the market. It is rumored that the engine will be powered by a detuned version of the 16-cylinder engine used in the Veyron. Expect to see at least 800 HP for the new sports sedan, just enough to sprint the hyper-sedan to an impressive top speed of 217 mph. The sedan will also be equipped with an all-wheel-drive system, an advanced reactive suspension, and carbon-ceramic disc brakes.
The production version Galibier is expected to debut in 2013 and just like the Veyron, it will come with a huge price tag of somewhere around $1.5 million.
"1,200 horsepower is too much, but more than 1,001 is absolutely possible."
These were the words spoken by Bugatti CEO, Wolfgang Durheimer, just last week when discussing a future special edition of the almost put to rest Bugatti Veyron. He was talking about the possibility of a Super Sport package for the Veyron Grand Sport model - the Veyron’s open top model - but while we were convinced such a vehicle would be nowhere near ready for the line, our spy photographers have snapped a few pictures of the actual vehicle almost entirely free of its camouflage.
From these images we can see that the NACA air ducts that usually are on the Super Sport model have been changed for the normal Grand Sport air intakes. This is due to the fact that the NACA air ducts will not work with the open top aspect of the vehicle. Some changes might also be hidden under the minimal camouflage found on the front bumper, but only time will tell what those may be.
The Bugatti Veyron line all carry the same 8.0 liter W16 engine, but the SuperSport’s output is much higher (1200 HP) compared to the Grand Sport’s (1001 HP) due to the use of four enlarged turbochargers and bigger intercoolers. We expect Bugatti to follow along this same turbocharged path for the Grand Sport Super Sport, albeit in a tamer way.
Expect the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Super Sport’s price tag to fall somewhere in the middle of the Grand Sport ($1.9M) and the Super Sport ($2.4M).
How do you succeed something that looks to be imminently irreplaceable?
That’s a question that everyone at Bugatti will be wondering when the time comes for the Bugatti Veyron to say farewell to all of us and give way to its successor. But if they are having some trouble thinking of a design for the Veyron successor, London-based designer Timur Bozca has a few ideas, including an odd choice of a name.
Bozca, an industrial designer from Coventry University of Automotive & Transport Design, understood that designing the supercar that would ultimately replace the iconic Veyron was easier said than done. So he went about working on a car that featured plenty of hard lines coupled with a more streamlined profile than the Veyron. Add a new front grille, a more aggressive fascia profile, and a touch of deep red and black, and you have Bozca’s work of art: the freakishly named Bugatti Lucifer.
Odd choice for a name notwithstanding, Bozca gave the Lucifer a powertrain that would make the Veyron proud: an 8.0-liter W16 engine that produces 1,001 horsepower and 890 lb/ft of torque mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with a top speed of somewhere in the neighborhood of 220 mph.
While we don’t necessarily agree with the name-of-choice, we have to give Timur Bozca some props for the craftily-designed Veyron successor because that is one mean-looking SOB.
The Bugatti 16C Galibier - yeah, the same concept that we saw in Geneva earlier this year - was spotted out and about and getting some sun recently in Molsheim, France, leading to more speculation that the car may be further along in the production pipeline than we thought.
We don’t know for certain what the 16C Galibier is doing outside Bugatti headquarters at this time since the rumored launch for the super-duper luxury car isn’t scheduled for at least a few more years - possibly in 2013 - when the brand’s current top dog, the Bugatti Veyron, is eventually phased out. If we can speculate, though, it looks like the 16C Galibier is currently being shown out on private shows to the interested - and obscenely rich - customers who may want a piece of the pie if and when it’s released.
According to Bugatti, feedback for the 16C Galibier has been overwhelmingly positive saying that the 16C Galibier is "the most exclusive, elegant, and powerful four-door automobile in the world."
With a twin-supercharged 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine with 800 PS to 1,000 PS, it’s hard not to argue that assumption, but similar to the Veyron, the 16C Galibier is likewise expected to come with a pretty hefty price tag which, according to Bugatti, could be up to $1.31 million.
There once was a time when the illustrious Bugatti Veyron enjoyed the title of being the fastest and most exotic car on the road with its downforce inducing curves that make the 1001 HP quad turbocharged 16 cylinder powered super car able to reach a 253 MPH top speed. However being number 1 also makes you a bit of a target for every eager tuner looking to make a name for themselves, and although there are no cars that can do everything like the Veyron, but there are a handful that are getting close. Perhaps in a preemptive move, the French automaker is planning something special for their centennial anniversary.
This recent spy shot may clue us in a bit more as to what exactly Bugatti is thinking about, rumors say that this Veyron+ is a new variant that will deliver around 1200 HP and will be capable of hitting around 260 MPH on the speedo. Along with a slight bump in output the new super car should also be a bit lighter, by about 300 pounds which will not only make it more efficient at speed, but bring the 2.5 second 0 to 60 MPH time down a few tenths. Now this is mostly speculation, and of course the factory hasn’t made any official comments about a special edition upgraded Veyron, however we couldn’t help but continue to ponder what the new car will be called. Possible names include Veyron GT and Veyron Grand Prix, but we are a pit partial to Veyron+ (plus). Hopefully we will find out by the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
Considering Bob Lutz’s recent challenge to take on any and all four door sports car competitors with a Cadillac CTS-V, it got us thinking about what four wheeled machine would be the perfect choice to bring to the Monticello Motor Club on October 29. At first we figured that a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with its Audi R8 super car like handling might be able to keep up with the supercharged Cadillac sedan, but whereas the EVO X is only packing about 300 HP, the CTS-V is putting down a total of 556 HP. The next obvious choice would be a twin turbocharged V8 powered Porsche Panamera, however those aren’t scheduled to arrive until next year.
That is when it hit us, what would be better than a 1000 HP all wheel drive Bugatti super car to take on the bad boy from Cadillac. While this rendering displays a GT spec Galiber ready for the grid at Le Mans with its oversized rear wing and quad turbocharged 16 cylinder engine poking through the openings in the hood, the standard Bugatti super sedan will make use of the same 8.0 Liter W16 that powers its big brother the Veyron. Although it might be harder to get your hands on a Galiber than Naomi Campbell’s backside, it just might be the perfect street legal four door to take on GM’s Vice Chairman, that is as long as the straightaways are long enough.
Bugatti has long been associated with producing some of the most exclusive cars on the planet so when they release a special edition car, people would want to keep tabs on where it goes.
Recently, one of those ‘one-off vehicles’ Bugatti created – the Bleu Centenaire – was spotted running around the streets of Kensington and by all accounts, still looks as beautiful and as expensive since the first time we saw it at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
While it’s not really a unique Bugatti super car – it’s “just” a special edition Veyron with a two-tone blue matte exterior – the Bleu Centenaire is still extremely unique considering it’s the only one of this kind in the entire world.
We figure that a car of this stature could only be found in the more affluent neighbourhoods in London so spotting it in Kensington – near a Harrod’s no less – doesn’t come as a surprise to us. Maybe the owner was shopping at the store widely considered the most expensive in the world. Well, if he can buy the Bleu Centenaire for $1.7 million, shopping at Harrod’s shouldn’t be a big deal.
Photos courtesy of Richard De Haus.
This is not the first rendering of the upcoming Bugatti Bordeaux super sedan, however it is the first time that anyone has taken a crack at the car’s front end. We will just have to wait and see what the Bordeaux will really look like when it makes an official debut as a concept car sometime later this year before it can go on sale in 2013.
The same W16 engine that is found in the Veyron except that this time the power plant will be mounted ahead of the passengers and will be mated to the same Ricardo-developed seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox will power the Bordeaux.
We don’t know about you, but this rendering happens to look a lot like the Porsche Panamera. Perhaps this is what the Volkswagen AG was thinking of when they started talking about developing a modular luxury platform for the Bentley lineup, maybe one day there will be a full sized VW badged high performance sports sedan as well.
The exotic Italian automaker Bugatti has been teasing the automotive public for quite some time now with the less than revealing photos of the new four passenger addition to the 250 MPH club, the Bugatti Bordeaux. So, sick of imagining what was occupying that vast amount of negative space, the chaps from Car Magazine had a go at full rendering based on the rear teaser image. Showing off the central mounted high brake light and the eight exhaust tips.
The Bugatti will be unveiled as a concept sometime this year with a production version to follow for the 2011 model year. The same W16 engine that is found in the Veyron will propel the new super sedan. Except that this time the power plant will be mounted ahead of the passengers and will be mated to the same Ricardo-developed seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox. According to Volkswagen AG chairman Martin Winterkorn, with this new model the European automotive conglomerate will experiment with a modular luxury platform meaning that some of the more expensive Bentleys may share the same engineering design, much like the VW/Audi/SEAT setup. However the Bordeaux will have wheelbase much longer than any Bentley.
The future four door takes its inspiration from the Bugatti Type 41 built between 1929-1933. The super luxury car will offer a host of custom coach built options like a XXL wheelbase, full length sunroof or even retro bodywork inspired by the old Royale.
This coming September Bugatti will unveil an all new model at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Not like the image helps, but the future Italian super car will be a four door sedan that will compete head to head with with future ultra luxurious high speed machines like the the new Grand Bentley or the Rolls Royce Ghost.
The new Bugatti sports saloon will be built in celebration of the company’s 100th anniversary and this is the first ever image is the only visual tangible proof from the automaker. All it reveals is that the future Bugatti will feature a set of high-tech LED tail lamps and a vertically stacked center high mounted stop light. Stay tuned, we’ll get back to you with more details as soon as they come in!
Every once in a while we hear new rumors about a sedan coming from Bugatti. This has been going around for a few years, and while there hasn’t been any recent news, we though we’d have a little fun anyway.
Yes, this is a quick and easy rendering. We just did it to give ourselves a little boost and remind everyone that there may still be hope for fun and eccentric cars in tough economic times.
Last week Bugatti unveiled the first official images on the 2009 Veyron Grand Sport and during the weekend the beast of a car was caught going out for some exercise. The supercar will make its world debut this month during the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach.
The Grand Sport will be powered by the same 8.0L quad-turbo W16 engine that delivers 1001hp as the coupe version. According to Bugatti, it will be able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 252mph.