This test mule sure looks a lot like a production-ready version of the Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo show car.
When Bugatti debuted the Vision Gran Turismo concept at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September, the hypercar company hinted quite loudly that whaat we were looking at was the probably Veyron replacement.
Now, Instagrammer Erico Hessel seems to have captured further proof, when he snapped this photo of an apparent Bugatti test mule on an Italian highway.
Just look at the lines, and compare them to the Vision Gran Turismo show car. That prominent “horseshoe” character line is there, home to an air intake and a flying-buttress pass-through on the concept car, and the general look of the rear half is quite similar.
Previously, we’ve heard that the Veyron’s successor, the Chiron, would crank out damned near 1,500 horsepower, over 1,000 lb-ft of torque, and scream to a projected 288 mph top speed—thanks to a quad-turbo W-16 engine evolved from the Veyron’s powerplant.
If it goes like that, and looks like this, we won’t complain.