The new Chiron is spectacular in both performance and indeed design but there are some out there that feel the newbie doesn’t look vastly different to the Veyron and that Bugatti played it safe in terms of its aesthetics. Well, those people (you can probably count them on one hand…) might be interested to see this image of an earlier design of the Chiron. Even more spectacular or a little too sci-fi? Hnmm, we’d go with the latter…

It sure looks more menacing than the production version, which in case you forgot takes five months to build and packs 1,500 horses from its 8.0-litre quadruple-turbocharged W16 engine and can do 0-100kph in less than 2.5 seconds, and that’s because the design ditched the “eight eyes” look. We know what you’re saying, Alfa and even Oldsmobile had more than four highlights before Bugatti made the style their own, and it would appear that it wanted to take a totally different approach – and go with just two. At first sight, it looks like it didn’t have any headlights at all but it did. The front fascia was far different to what they actually green lit for production and in fact the more you look at it, the more it seems to grow on you; tucking the headlights away in the top corners wasn’t a bad idea (wonder how’d they look when they were on; even more menacing most likely…) and it looks like the indicator strips were in the centre horizontal line. This earlier design was penned by Sasha Selipanov, head of exterior design at Bugatti. Selipanov graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and worked at Mazda, Volkswagen and then Lamborghini (he helped with the design of the Huracan) and then was then snapped up by Bugatti in 2014. His early design of the Chiron sure stood out (but we’re glad his plan to replace conventional side-view mirrors with cameras didn’t come to fruition…) and even though the front end didn’t make the final cut, the profile and rear of the final version was similar to his.  

So, what do you think folks? Like this earlier design more than the actual Chiron? Or happy with the final version? Or, like many out there, couldn’t care less because you’ll never be able to afford one anyway?