If you’re a fan of the quad-turbocharged W16 engine you’ll be excited to know that the successor of the Bugatti Chiron is in development.
The new flagship hypercar will be announced in 2024 ahead of its 2026 production.
But what do we already know about the supercar that’s touted to be “unlike anything else on sale”?
The next-gen hypercar isn’t going to be an EV, the successor of the Bugatti Chiron will incorporate a hybrid powertrain.
However, it’s unclear whether it will be a next-gen version of the W16 engine.
Considering Bugatti’s 2021 merger with Rimac, there’s certainly potential for a powerful electric engine.
We do know that the successor will sit on a new chassis.
This is likely because the car’s “architecture” needs to be completely overhauled due to the battery weight.
However, it’s expected to be leaner than the Bugatti Mistral roadster, due to the smaller powerplant.
Rumour has it, it will also feature a larger central infotainment touchscreen than previous models.
The next-gen model will mark the end of a design era as it aligns with the retirement of Bugatti’s director of design, Achim Anscheidt.
Anscheidt’s retirement was announced in July after 20 years overseeing iconic models like La Voiture Noire, and the Chiron.
Anscheidt will stay connected to the company in an advisory capacity via Bugatti Rimac CEO, Mate Rimac.
Meanwhile, Frank Heyl is ascending from his role as deputy to take the reins.
Anscheidt spoke in a recent press release.
“The Veyron, the Chiron, and the successor to the Chiron are not racecars for the road, they are the pinnacle of Grand Tourisme development, they are an intriguing mixture of a nimble Type 35, the luxury of the Type 41 Royale, and the peerless elegance of the Type 57 SC Atlantic,” he told Autocar.
“The car is finished. We delivered the prototype tooling a couple of months ago and the production tooling will be delivered in a couple of months from now.
“[The successor] was something that was more of a thinking exercise, especially on the interior, and everything I have tried to learn and comprehend over the last 19 years with Bugatti, I wanted to make sure this experience funnels into the car’s development.”
While marking the start of the new era, some things never change.
The successor of the Bugatti Chiron will still feature signature design accents like the horseshoe grille and prominent beltline.
The “Bugatti line” has present in the brand’s design since the Type 57 in 1934.
While they’ve reamined tightlipped on the design, new design director, Frank Heyl did say that the new car is “going to be amazing, proportionally, technologically, in terms of innovation, in terms of unexpectedness.
“It’s going to blow people out of the water completely, and it’s a true joy to work on this.”
In terms of price, it’s expected to cost more than $5 million.