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We Hear: Bugatti Chiron to use Electric Turbos, Hit 288 MPH

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/10/2014 Kelly Pleskot
We Hear: Bugatti Chiron to use Electric Turbos, Hit 288 MPH

Although we've heard about -- and even seen -- the successor to the Bugatti Veyron, many of the details around this car have been shrouded in mystery for a long time. Now, thanks to our colleagues at AUTOMOBILE, we finally have a much clearer picture of what to expect from the new supercar that is likely to be called the Chiron. Among its many new features are e-turbos, a 0-62-mph run below 2.5 seconds, and a lighter body.


First, the Chiron will retain a number of vestiges from the Veyron, including the 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine. This engine will be paired with the familiar seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive. But thanks to an all-new direct injection scheme and an increase in boost pressure, the engine should be able to pump out 1500 hp, 300 hp more than the Veyron. Two of the engine's four turbochargers will be powered electrically, providing quick torque peaking at 1100 lb-ft.

According to AUTOMOBILE, top speed hasn't been confirmed, although it is likely to come in at 288 mph, or 18 mph faster than the Veyron Super Sport thanks to active air deflectors. Its 0-62-mph time should come in below 2.5 seconds, shaving off just a wee bit of time off its predecessor.

Bugatti Chiron Prototype Front Side© Provided by MotorTrend Bugatti Chiron Prototype Front Side

And although the Chiron carries over the Veyron's existing carbon fiber structure, 92 percent of its parts are new or modified for increased rigidity. Bugatti claims the new Chiron will feature better handling, a lighter body, and a more responsive drive than the outgoing model. Also expect better ergonomics on the new Chiron, including more space, a more comfortable position for the driver seat, and revised A-pillars for better visibility.

So when can we expect the supercar to arrive? Possibly due to a few design concerns that emerged in concept testing, the Chiron will launch in 2016 instead of 2015. Once it lands, buyers will be shelling out just under $2.5 million for the limited-edition model.

To read more about the Chiron, head over to AUTOMOBILE.


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