Despite VW Troubles, Bugatti Chiron Marches On


Would you want a hypercar that can knock the wind out of passengers?

We could argue that the hypercar era was ushered in by the 2003 Ferrari Enzo, then secured with the introduction of the Bugatti Veyron. Some might even say that McLaren brought us into the world of hypercars with the 1992 F1.

The last decade has seen a veritable explosion of hypercars, and the next one from Bugatti could be the one to knock the wind out of all of them.

Assuming there’s a priority to build it.

Bugatti is owned by Volkswagen AG, a company currently embroiled in the now-infamous diesel scandal that will cost the company billions of dollars.

A post early in the development of that saga said,

Costs associated with the scandal could surpass $80 billion and approach $100 million. To help pay for it, VW is now considering cuts to its 100 billion euro research and development program, which was scheduled to run through 2018.

And yet, Bugatti seems to be on course to launch the Veyron 2.0, which appears to be called the Chiron and looks like it could be a production version of the Vision GT concept, pictured above. Yahoo says,

Set to become possibly the fastest production car in the world, the Chiron is rumored to have a 1,500-horsepower drivetrain that uses four electric turbos and a hybrid system to eliminate turbo-lag and give the Chiron a sub-two-second time from 0 to 60 miles per hour.

That’s also the article that said a Bugatti rep claimed the Chiron can literally knock the wind out of its occupants. Nothing can go wrong with that, right?

I’m not convinced that developing the 8.0-liter W16 Chiron is a wise use of money for Volkswagen, but plans for the hypercar are marching on while its parent works to implement a fix for the 500,000 diesels that cheat emissions tests.

The new Bugatti will retail for somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.5 million, but the cars aren’t a big moneymaker for VW. The money to develop a car like this would probably have been better spent on damage control and recall costs.

Should Volkswagen have diverted development costs of the Bugatti Chiron to its recall efforts?


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