The Bugatti Chiron is back and this time we bring footage with a prototype in a very tight spot.

The Bugatti Chiron is back and this time we bring footage with a prototype in a very tight spot.

With a rumored debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show, it’s no wonder more and more spy videos and images are starting to emerge with Bugatti’s new model which in this latest footage is showing us its menacing face that takes cues from the Vision Gran Turismo concept. There are actually two prototypes and as you can see the test drivers had a delicate moment when trying to squeeze between a logging truck and the stone wall, but they managed to get through without scratching the body of those precious matte black prototypes.

It’s not known at this point whether the cars had all of the production-ready body parts, but from what we have seen so far, the Chiron will look considerably sharper than its predecessor and the body’s shape will be a lot more aerodynamic as it should if the Veyron replacement wants to hit that magical 450 km/h (280 mph) top speed that we’ve been hearing about.

Aside from having a lower drag coefficient, the Bugatti Chiron - named after Bugatti racing driver Louis Chiron - will also have more power extracted from the W16 8.0-liter which is said to employ e-turbo technology. The VAG-owned company has already confirmed the megacar will adopt a hybrid powertrain, but they didn’t say exactly what that means.

The more complex hardware will add some weight, but this will be offset by more extensive use of carbon fiber which will probably make the Chiron lighter than the Veyron in the Super Sport guise which tips the scales at 1,838 kg (4,053 lbs). Extra power, less weight and better aerodynamics will not only boost top speed, but also lower the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint time which is expected to drop from the 2.5 seconds of the Veyron SS to a little over 2s.

These astonishing (yet unconfirmed) technical specs will come with a price to match as the Chiron is expected to cost €2.2 million. Bugatti allegedly plans on selling 500 cars, representing a 50-unit increase compared to Veyron which needed a whopping 10 years to reach sold out status.