When the reborn Bugatti brand first brought out the Veyron a decade ago, the performance numbers were astonishing, of a caliber we had never seen before. But that was a long time ago, and those numbers are now no longer so much in a league all their own. So its replacement needs to once again be astonishing, and some new details that have emerged about the upcoming hypercar suggest that it indeed will be. For starters, there is the 1,500 horsepower rating for the W16 engine, which will also feature new electrically actuated turbochargers and direct injection. The engine will also put out 1,106 pound-feet of torque, and the car will reportedly run up to a top speed of 288 mph and get to 60 mph in 2.0 seconds flat.

The new car will be called the Chiron. Like the Veyron, it gets its name from a Bugatti racing driver from the prewar glory days, specifically Louis Chiron. The car will allegedly be even easier to use as a daily driver, should you for some reason be inclined to do something like that. It will even feature cylinder deactivation and boast 14 mpg in fuel economy.

Continue reading to learn more about the future Bugatti Chiron.

Why it matters

The hypercar market is much more crowded than it was when the Veyron first broke cover. The top speed world record it was taking aim at had been set by the McLaren F1 12 years prior, and we were more or less due for a car that really pushed technological boundaries. That won’t be the case for the Chiron when it debuts next year. Even though the performance numbers are all more impressive than those of the current crop of hypercars, it won’t be the huge technological leap forward that the Veyron was. And though 92 percent of the car’s parts will be new, the Chiron is still essentially an evolution of the Veyron, and therefore not something that will shake up the entire industry. But that doesn’t mean it won’t still be hugely impressive, and we’re really looking forward to seeing it.

2018 Bugatti Chiron

2018 Bugatti Chiron Exterior Spyshots
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