Is This the US-Spec Bugatti Chiron? Ugly Impact Bumpers Say So

White and Blue Bugatti Chiron Spotted near Molsheim 4 photos
Photo: Magazín ProDriver CZ
White and Blue Bugatti Chiron in MolsheimWhite and Blue Bugatti Chiron in MolsheimWhite and Blue Bugatti Chiron in Molsheim
Despite the Chiron being the kind of car that sells itself, Bugatti couldn't miss the opportunity to build some hype around the Veyron's successor in the process of bringing the hypercar to the market.
The latest episode of the resulting saga comes from the proximity of Molsheim, the automaker's hometown, where an example of the 1,500 hp beast has been spotted earlier today.

The photos below, which came to us via the Magazín ProDriver CZ Facebook page, show the Chiron in a color scheme that mixes White and Blue. At least in these pics, this hue melange seems to make the machine appear less imposing than we're used to seeing it. Then again, this wouldn't be the first case of images not doing a Bugatti justice.

As in the case of the Porsche 911 R convoy that hit Monaco earlier this week, we might be dealing with a test car here. And it's not just the location that makes us say that.

Zooming in on the photos reveals a pair of odd elements flanking the rear number plate. Due to the mediocre quality of the images, we're not quite sure what to make of this detail.

For one thing, it looks like we're dealing with the story of the classic Porsche 911's US-spec impact bumpers, which may have followed American legislation, but made the car look less than enticing in comparison with its European version. We don't expect the VW Group's crown jewel to keep the elements in this eye-scratching state, though.

Come to think of it, if we also factor in the rear number plate's shape and reflective elements just aft of the rear wheels, this might be Bugatti testing the US-spec Chiron - don't let yourself fooled by the not-yellow shade of these elements, you can't trust such an image when it comes to color accuracy.

Supposed impact bumpers aside, we haven't seen the other two elements so far. We'll remind you that these were missing from both the Chiron that was unloaded in Monaco earlier this week and the example displayed at Manhattan Motor Cars, one of Bugatti's US dealers. We'll be back with new details as soon as we get our hands on them.
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