There's no hiding the world's fastest, most powerful, and most expensive hypercar. And there's no hiding its replacement, either. Spy photographers spotted a camouflaged prototype for the Veyron successor attracting a small crowd, and were able to snap photos of the car rumored to be called the Chiron.
Caught testing in Europe, the prototype wears light camouflage and most of the current Veyron's body panels, though we can see that it's undergone a few modifications. While the mule's interior is everything we expected from a Bugatti, the steering wheel is not. Even with a piece of tape placed over the logo in the center of the multi-function steering wheel, it's obvious it's a Volkswagen part, which appears to be taken straight out of the Polo GTI. Don't expect this to make it to the production car, but it's still weird to see part from a more pedestrian VW Group model in such an exclusive car. On the outside, the prototype features NACA ducts instead of the usual snorkel intakes used to feed air into the engine. This gives the tester a cleaner look compared to the current Veyron. Around back, the tester wears a revised bumper and engine bay.
The exposed engine bay invited spy photographers to look closer, revealing components that hint at some type of electrification. That matches up with what we've heard about the Bugatti successor, and isn't much of a surprise considering hybridization seems to be the trend lately for hypercars, with the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 all featuring hybrid setups. If such a car is on the docket, the Chiron could put the rest of the competition to shame with around 1500 hp. The Veyron's most powerful 8.0-liter W-12 already makes an ample 1200 hp.
Rumor has it that the Veyron successor will debut at the end of next year or early 2016.
Photo source: KGP Photography