Bugatti Chiron Spied in Production-Ready Form, Hybrid Hypercar “Looks” Lightweight

Nope, we haven’t managed to achieve synesthesia, which pretty much means we’re not able to tell the Bugatti Chiron’s weight by simply looking at the thing. Nevertheless, after the hybrid hypercar was recently spotted testing, we can confirm the bulky looks of the Veyron are gone.
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The Chiron’s road presence simply inspires a car that doesn’t feel heavy. Sure, that is but an estimate, one that is linked to the feeling this halo machine inspires. As for the weight itself, don’t expect the Chiron to be a Volkswagen XL1.

Since Bugatti engineers have packed hybrid propulsion technology in the Veyron’s successor, this Bugatti can only compensate for that by using carbon fiber up to a certain point.

While we expect the petrol-electric setup to be a plug-in hybrid one, nothing has been confirmed yet. As for the internal combustion part of the powertrain, this will be covered by a heavily revised W16 architecture. Speaking of which, Bugatti’s most recent attempts to catch our attention, the Vision Grand Turismo video game-destined contraption, has W16 life in it at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

One of the most imposing sides of the Vision Gran Turismo concept comprised the massive aerodynamic engines spreading over its engine compartment and behind the car, whereas the Chiron obviously features a more toned-down approach. We still get a floating crest that runs from the roof to the back of the machine, as well as the wing, but the styling looks less Le Mans and more active aero.

The kind of angles we’ve learned to associate with Bugatti’s horseshoe grille can be found on the sides of the Chiron - sometimes, we have the impression the Chiron looks like a mechanical monster that has swallowed a Veyron.

Such sandwiching could justify the greater pricing of the car, with the Chiron rumored to start at EUR2.2 million ($2.5 million). Sure, if we adjust the Veyron’s original price for inflation, the premium associated with the Chiron doesn’t seem so important anymore, but the sum itself is still hefty.

Fret not, afluent aficionados. If you can afford one, your chances of owning a Chiron will probably be greater than those linked to the purchase of a Veyron - while the latter was produced in 450 units, Bugatti is expected to gift us with 500 units of the Chiron.

We might see the Chiron at the Geneva Motor Show next spring. Ça vous dit?

Images via: Magazín ProDriver CZ
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