Bugatti officially released the name of its upcoming supercar, the Chiron, a 16-cylinder, 1,500-hp monster whose top speed could approach 300 mph and an estimated price tag of $2.5 million. The exotic car company indicated that the Chiron will debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
But the interwebs already knew about the rumored name change, and many of us have already seen the Chiron prototype, thoughtfully snapped on an Italian roadway by photographer Erico Hessel.
As expected, the Chiron bears a strong resemblance to the Vision Gran Turismo that Bugatti exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
The Chiron's name is a tribute to Louis Chiron, an early 20th-century Bugatti race car driver. The name is pronounce "kie-ron" and it refers to a mythological centaur. So the Chiron replaces the Veyron, which was the fastest car in the world when it debuted. Look for The Chiron to aim to reclaim that vaunted title.
Photos by Bugatti