The Bugatti Chiron – the Veyron’s successor

This is the car that Bugatti bigwigs reckon will fill the very large shoes of the Veyron.

Damien Reid October 21, 2015

Bugatti’s benchmark Veyron supercar has finally run its course and with the La Finale special edition unveiled last March, attention has quickly turned to its successor, and here it is. 

Or at least this is pretty close to what we should expect when the car, dubbed the Chiron, is due to arrive in 2017. But before that, visitors to this month’s Frankfurt Motor Show will get to see this design concept the company created for the Vision Gran Turismo game.

Its lines are identical to a heavily camouflaged Chiron prototype that was recently spotted at Los Angeles airport during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance prompting speculation that VIP visitors, including the current 450 Veyron owners, were being shown the 1479bhp, 8-litre W16-powered car for the first time.

These renderings released by Bugatti show the car in full race trim in keeping with the Vision Gran Turismo project where it will race in a virtual environment alongside similarly futuristic race cars, but while the Chiron is expected to be toned down to offer a more street-friendly appearance, it clearly previews the next phase of the company’s design language. 

While keeping the Veyron's overall proportions, the concept features redesigned front and rear bumpers with a more prominent Bugatti grille at the front. The car's most prominent external feature is its large fixed rear wing. An all-digital instrument cluster can be seen in the cabin, along with a race-inspired steering wheel. 

Bugatti boss Wolfgang Dürheimer is a racing enthusiast and after toying with the idea of a Veyron successor being a large GT cruiser or even a four-door saloon, it was decided that the brand should continue to represent the pinnacle of supercars available to “an extremely small group of automobile connoisseurs”.

Bugatti says the concept presents "the new form and design language developed by the brand to celebrate the next chapter in its history following the end of the Veyron era".