Bugatti chief executive Stephan Winkelmann has confirmed that additional versions of the Chiron are on their way, but they will focus on other aspects of performance than the Super Sport 300+.
The uber-Chiron recently established itself as the automotive world’s straight-line king, after a hitting 304.77 mph (490 km/h) speed (although Koenigsegg doesn’t acknowledge it until it’s certified). Nevertheless, immediately afterwards Bugatti announced it would stop chasing outright top speed records.
Speaking with CNET, Winkelmann explained that they intend to focus on other feats for future versions: “Performance is not just going straight and going very fast, but when you are building a car like the Chiron you are at the peak, at the pinnacle of what you can achieve, so you cannot just do in one car everything,” he commented.
“You have to do different cars to highlight different peaks. It’s so complex and so over the edge that you cannot cover it with one car. The all-rounder is the base Chiron, then we have a bit more extreme one that is the Sport, and then with the Super Sport we have one that is focused on the longitudinal acceleration and the top speed.”
According to Winkelmann, one future version of the Chiron will be focused on achieving the best possible power-to-weight ratio, while another will target the ultimate handling. The former boss of Lamborghini and Audi Sport went on to say that these hypercars will use the current Chiron platform, as he believes this architecture can last “roughly until the middle of the next decade.”
Bugatti will only build 500 examples of the Chiron, and that figure encompasses all future variants, some of which may follow in the footsteps of the Veyron and be limited-edition runs with unique paint schemes.