Photographer Erico Hessel Instagrammed an image of an apparent Bugatti test mule on an Italian highway this week, sending fans of the hypercar company into overdrive.
Hessel seems to have given legs to the strong rumor that the Vision Gran Turismo concept, unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, is indeed Bugatti’s Veyron replacement.
I was lucky to spot this marvel of engineering being tested on the roads of Italy. Schedule to be released in 2017 the Bugatti Chiron is a beast with 1500hp and a price tag of $2.5 million. It looks and sounds like it is from a different planet. #bugatti #chiron #chironroadtest #chironinitaly #supercars #spaceship
The photographer says he was headed north, between Imola and Bologna, when he saw three matte black prototypes bookended by two passenger vans. His photo invites comparison of the test mule to the Vision Gran Turismo show car, which shares the prototype’s ‘horseshoe’ character and it’s rear’s general look.
Bugatti has said the Veyron’s successor, the Chiron, would have 1,500 horsepower, more than 1,000 lb-ft of torque, and could reach speeds of 288 mph owing to a quad-turbo W-16 engine.
It’s safe to say that a car capable of all that, which looks like this one, is worth getting excited about.
H/T Top Gear