It looks fast even when it's cruising the streets of Wolfsburg.

Photographed in the heart of the Volkswagen Group, the prototype was undergoing final testing ahead of entering production at Bugatti’s Mosheim factory in France. Customer deliveries are scheduled to commence in October, so everything must be ready until then. Unlike its predecessor, the Veyron, it will not lose its roof for a Grand Sport / Grand Sport Vitesse version. The decision seems rather odd, but that’s the word from the company’s marketing boss Dr Stefan Brungs.

While some have said the Chiron isn’t all that different compared to the model before it, to us it looks even more spectacular than the current top speed world record holder. About that, Bugatti has recently announced plans to try and surpass the 268 mph (431 kph) reached by Pierre-Henri Raphanel in a Veyron Super Sport in July 2010 at the Volkswagen Group’s Ehra-Lessien test facility. The attempt will be made in 2018 and most likely it will take place at the same 13-mile track in Lower Saxony, Germany.

Bugatti needed a decade to sell all 450 units of the Veyron (and lost $6.27M on each), so you can imagine it hopes the history will not repeat itself with the Chiron of which 500 are planned for production. Early signs are showing that won’t be the case, since the company already had more than 150 orders in March when the supercar was unveiled in Geneva and since then the number has grown to 200+ orders.

Speaking of the Geneva Motor Show, the car exhibited at the event has been sold to a Saudi prince who also bought the spectacular Vision Gran Turismo concept. There’s no word about price, but with the Chiron kicking off at $2.61 million, we imagine those two cars were well over $3M each given their special status. With ultra-exclusive cars becoming more and more of an investment, we won’t be too surprised if the Geneva showcar and the concept will be up for grabs in several years from now at exorbitant prices.

Source: Autogespot

Gallery: Bugatti Chiron spotted up close in Germany