The Bugatti Chiron has been spied at Los Angeles International Airport.
Although the name Chiron hasn’t been made official, the successor to the Bugatti Veyron has been spied testing worldwide and Volkswagen Group boss Martin Winterkorn has confirmed that it’ll have a hybrid powertrain. Previous rumors suggest the car will have a 286-mph top speed and power output of around 1,479 hp.
It’s unclear what the Chiron is doing in the U.S., but it still appears to be a mule being used to test the new powertrain.
Expect the Veyron successor to use an updated version of the French automaker’s 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine with the hybrid powertrain helping bring power to all four wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. The company is working on keeping the weight of the Chiron around 4,056 pounds – the same as the Veyron Super Sport. Although it’ll employ electric power, torque will be limited to around 1,100 lb-ft to ensure the gearbox holds up.
Rumor has it that the Chiron will make its official debut in 2016 with deliveries starting a year later.
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