Instagram user Erico Hessel has spotted a Bugatti Chiron prototype performing testing on a public road somewhere in Italy.

Instagram user Erico Hessel has spotted a Bugatti Chiron prototype performing testing on a public road somewhere in Italy.

The Veyron is finally history after 10 years of production, so naturally Bugatti is working intensively on its successor that will likely be called “Chiron” after a concept dating back to 1999. Seen here is a prototype which appears to have the production body that obviously takes cues from the rather spectacular Vision Gran Turismo concept unveiled in September at IAA in Frankfurt.

The new shape oozes sleekness and kind of tells us it will be significantly lighter than the Veyron, even though the new megacar will actually be a hybrid which means it will pack more hardware. That will be necessary to enable a higher top speed estimated to stand at 280 mph (450 km/h), following a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in just over two seconds thanks to an upgraded 8.0-liter W16 quad-turbo engine that is believed to generate as much as 1,500 PS (1,103 kW) by adopting e-turbo technology.

Expected to cost an eye-watering €2.2 million, the Bugatti Veyron successor will likely debut in March at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show and it seems a "double-digit number of clients" are already waiting for their cars after placing deposits for what will be the ultimate hybrid machine. While Veyron production was capped at 450 units, Bugatti has high hopes the Chiron will be more successful which is why they plan on making 500 examples, preferably in a shorter life cycle.

This time around, Volkswagen is confident they can actually make some money with a new Bugatti which is why the car is still on track for a 2016 release despite the dieselgate scandal which has forced VAG to postpone or even cancel some models that are not entirely necessary.

Source: Erico Hessel

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