The next Bugatti model is not even out in the open and we’re already spinning the rumor mill regarding the highly-anticipated Targa version of the Chiron model – with the latest report pointing out towards a 2018 release.
Bugatti is ready to deliver the much awaited successor to the astonishing Veyron – tentatively named Chiron – and according to sources tapped by Autovisie, the French supercar with German patronage will come first in the coupe form. But it appears a targa version is also under development, using detachable carbon fiber roof panels. It would also sport a “T-bar” connection between the windscreen and the rear part of the vehicle to ensure optimal structural rigidity at higher speeds. The automaker has remained mum on delivering any piece of information regarding the upcoming model – be it a coupe, targa or roadster. But the most feasible rumors point out towards the use of a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine – maybe also supported by electric motors – to churn out 1,500 PS (1,479 bhp / 1,103 kW) and 1,500 Nm (1,107 lb-ft) of torque.
Using a seven-speed dual clutch auto gearbox and connected to the road via the all-wheel drive system the hypercar rocket would top all competitors and sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 2.3 seconds. Naturally production will be severely limited to around 500 units and customers have already placed more than 100 orders even though expected delivery dates will not come nearer than 2017. Also, the price point should be more than exclusive – with Bugatti said to ask for an initial deposit of €200,000 ($212,863), followed by a second one worth 900,000 euros ($957,523), meaning the end price point should be close to 2.5 million euros.