The blue supercar that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week is insane even for a Bugatti. The concept car will make its virtual debut in PlayStation’s “Gran Turismo 6,” but even more importantly, gives us strong clues on what to expect for the upcoming Chiron.
According to our sources, the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo looks just like the all-new Chiron, minus the barge boards, ground effects, mirrors, protruding central spine, and antennas. Expect to see the same aggressive C-scallop to make its way from this concept car to the 1,500-hp Chiron.
As the successor to the Bugatti Veyron, the Chiron promises even greater performance. Its 8.0-liter quad-turbo engine should make 300 more hp than its predecessor and come paired with a dual-clutch transmission. Two of the engine’s four turbos will be electrically powered for quick torque peaking at 1,100 lb-ft. Look for the new model to debut sometime in 2016.
Until then, the Vision Gran Turismo is our best look yet at the future of Bugatti. After six months of collaboration between Bugatti designers and engineers, the concept car succeeds in mixing new design elements while keeping with the company’s racing-born traditions alive. The Vision Gran Turismo takes inspiration from the Bugatti Type 57 G Tank, victor of the 1937 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Not only does it use the same two-tone blue paint, but it also sports a similar low-slung body. The model also boasts a roof-mounted NACA air intake and a center fin inspired by the 1936 Type 57 Atlantic. Inside the cockpit, look for posh suede materials in blue.
In terms of performance, the Vision Gran Turismo won’t disappoint in the virtual world. Bugatti has calculated that the concept can hit 250 mph on four sections of the virtual Le Mans track. “With our extreme speed on the long
straights, we could make up for any disadvantages on the bends, and would then be as quick in
the virtual world as the fastest real-life LMP1 race car, which, unlike us in the video game,
naturally needs to comply with all FIA and ACO regulations,” said Florian umbach, head of chassis development at Bugatti, in a release.
Check out the gallery below for a closer look at the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo.