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Bugatti Chiron Getting Targa Version in 2018

Volkswagen's new CEO claims that development of several (unprofitable) models will have to be put on hold due to the diesel engines scandal. However, nobody got the memo over in Bugatti land, as engineers are moving full speed ahead with a new hypercar.
Bugatti Vision GT Concept 1 photo
Right now, Porsche, McLaren, and Ferrari are duking it out over who gets to say it made the best car. However, when the successor to the Veyron comes out, people might end up saying "LaFerrari who?"

Not only is the company working on some sort of hybrid sledgehammer that can do 0 to 100 km/h in only 2.3 seconds but a convertible version is reportedly on its way, too.

Dutch magazine Autovisie says the Chiron will have a T-top with a removable carbon fiber panel. The Aventador Roadster features the same thing, but Bugatti's removable roof will have a bar connecting the windshield to the boot for extra structural rigidity. How retro of them!

The company will make 500 Chirons in total, so there aren't going to be that many targa models. Knowing Bugatti, special editions will pop up every semester to keep us interested.

The coupe versions will come first, expected to be delivered in 2017. All will pack around 1,500 horsepower from a quad-turbo 8-liter W16 engine that could adopt some of Audi's electric turbo tech. Theoretically, it will be the fastest production car in the world, but Koenigsegg and other shops will probably try to disagree.

1,500 horsepower doesn't sound like much in this day and age. But consider the fact that in 1991, the EB110 had only 560 hp from its quad-turbo 3.5-liter V12. Just imagine three times as much power in a targa.

The new hypercar is rumored to cost €2.2 million ($2.5 million). Potential customers will be asked for two huge deposits for the privilege, one worth €200,000 followed by another of €900,000. However, considering what the 750 horsepower Lamborghini Veneno costs, we could call that a bargain.


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