Bugatti Confirms Veyron Successor's New Name

Dec 02, 2015 01:19 PM EST | Sonja Killebrew

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It's official. Bugatti's latest supercar to succeed the Veyron will be called the Chiron, reported Motor Authority. Instagrammer Erico Hessel caught a photo of the Bugatti test mule in early November and posted it online.

The French automaker confirmed that the new supercar will debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, according to Car Buzz. While the Chiron is currently being shown only to some chosen customers, Bugatti fans will be able to see the real deal in March in Geneva.

Bugatti did not release specifications on the highly anticipated Chiron, noted Autoblog. However, the 2017 Bugatti Chiron has a projected maximum speed of 280 mph (450 km/h) and can travel from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in a little over two seconds. 

As previously speculated, the Chiron will mirror the Vision Gran Turismo concept, except the new supercar will be more elegant and less racy with a semi-circular horseshoe-like curve encircling the main rear vent.

Bugatti enthusiasts would be interested to know that the name Chiron originated in Greek mythology as the name of a centaur, Motor Authority noted. Chiron is also the last named of Bugatti race car driver Louis Alexandre Chiron, who raced the 1928 Bugatti.

The French car manufacturer described the new Chiron as the world’s most powerful, most luxurious and most exclusive production super sports car. The company has already received over 100 orders for the Chiron. There are currently only 450 Veyrons, including all the separate variants.

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