I believe you know that I am still in mourning over the production of the last Bugatti Veyron. HERE
However, one of you alert readers sent me a piece from Car and Driver about the next Bugatti project. HERE
Bugatti decided that the Chiron should carry over the Veyron’s 8.0-liter W-16 engine, adding direct injection and electric assistance for at least two of its four turbos to bring output to an estimated 1500 horsepower and 1100 lb-ft of torque. The transmission will be a seven-speed dual-clutch and, like the Veyron, it will distribute its power through an all-wheel-drive system, this time with torque vectoring. Zero to 62 mph should take less than 2.5 seconds, allegedly. We reported earlier this year that the Veyron’s successor might be a hybrid in the vein of the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918, but this report mentions nothing of the sort.
The Chiron’s “unconfirmed” top speed, according to the report, would be 288 mph thanks in part to active air deflectors, while the rear spoiler will help the carbon-ceramic brakes bring the car to a halt, just like its predecessor.
A Greek chiton is, by the way, a garment, a loosely fitting tunic like affair held at the shoulders with pins. You see lots of this in ancient statuary. And, if memory serves, it’s a kind of shell. UPDATE: Okay, fine. CHIRON. I read it wrong. And I posted this from an airplane….