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Bugatti planning "controversial" Chiron off-shoot?

by Ronan Glon

What could the brand have in store?

Bugatti recently gave a small group of hand-selected customers a preview of an upcoming Chiron off-shoot. While most key details remain under wraps, the yet-unnamed model promises to split public opinion.

Youtuber Whitesse JR called the model "controversial" without providing further details. It won't look anything like the standard Chiron so it's not merely an appearance package. What could the brand have in store? Speculation leads us to the possibility of a retro-styled model, one inspired by the company's illustrious past.

The Youtuber adds the model will receive the Chiron's stock engine, a quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter 16-cylinder that pumps out about 1,500 horsepower. It transfers its monstrous output to the four wheels and gives the Chiron a 2.5-second zero-to-60-mph time.

Bugatti hasn't revealed anything about the model; we don't know what it will be called or when it will break cover. If it's already been shown to prospective customers, there's a good chance it will make its public debut before the end of the year. The French brand could unveil it on the auto show circuit, so likely in Paris or in Los Angeles, or it could select a more exclusive event like the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Production will be "pretty limited" and it's not unreasonable to assume most -- if not all -- of the production run has already been spoken for.

Note: Bugatti Chiron Sport pictured. Photography by Ronan Glon.