Already under development, the Bugatti Chiron has only made brief appearances in public, mainly on the Nurburgring track, and only as a mule wearing the Veyron’s familiar outer shell. As a result, there weren’t many details outside the strange engine cover we saw in April 2014 and speculation that the updated engine could deliver as much as 1,500 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque. The Chiron’s design remained a mystery.
But this changes a bit today thanks to a spy video courtesy of Auto Bild.
Although only 24 seconds short, the footage confirms Chiron development has advanced to the point where it finally received its own body work. And even with some black camouflage and the video’s poor quality in the way, it’s quite evident the Chiron has a new rear fascia with massive grilles around the taillight section and a redesigned diffuser. The active rear wing and the engine hood also appear to be new. On the other hand, the taillights seem to be early prototype units, while the overall shape of the body is still similar to the Veyron’s.
Another intriguing fact is that the motorcade consisting of two Chiron mules with a Veyron between them is being led by a Lamborghini Huracan and a BMW i8. While the Huracan’s presence is difficult to explain, using the i8 as a benchmark could mean Bugatti is indeed looking into hybrid technology for its next hypercar.
Hopefully, we’ll find out more about that soon enough.
Bugatti Chiron Caught On The Road with New Body Work: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 15 May 2015 19:00 EST.