Bugatti Announces The Veyron Successor, and it's Called the Chiron

Over the course of its decade-long production run, the Bugatti Veyron was one of the most lusted-after cars on the planet. For nearly all of that time, it was the fastest road car on the planet, zooming at speeds well over 200 miles per hour if you could find a road long and straight enough to allow you to get there. It was also one of the most expensive and, suffice to say, rarest.

The Veyron has ceased production, but the sequel to it is officially on the way. It's called the Chiron, and it is every bit the tire-squealing, gas-guzzling monster its predecessor was. It looks a whole lot like the Veyron, albeit with more dramatic curves, but one thing hasn't changed: with the Chiron, Bugatti has created the most powerful road car in history.

For starters, there's a quad-turbocharger powering an 8 liter W16 engine. That ridiculous engine churns out 1,500 horsepower, which is about 1,200 more horsepower than any person really needs. It has a seven speed dual-clutch gearbox and four wheel drive. Bugatti says it will go from 0 to 62 miles per hour in under 2.5 seconds.

Oh, and the top speed? 261 miles per hour. One crazy addition: as your speed increases, the readouts on the interior's digital display simplify for easier reading, possibly because your brain darn near turns to jelly when you're traveling that fast.

Bugatti will only produce 500 of these monsters, and they noted that 1/3 of them have already been reserved. But if you think you want a Chiron, you'll need to save up; they start at $2.6 million and likely will go for a far higher price once they hit the market.

What do you think?