Word on the grapevine suggests that the Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4’s successor, slated to debut in 2016, will be that bit faster – the problem will be to see if it really stacks up to what’s claimed.
Autocar reports that Bugatti’s insiders say that the new car (as visualised by the publication, above) could well do 286 mph (or 460 km/h) and have a 0-100 km/h time of 2.3 seconds, based on current computer simulations.
As if the 1,184 hp found in the current car’s Super Sport configuration isn’t enough, the new one is set to have 1,500 ponies running off a hybrid powertrain using the same quad-turbo 8.0 litre W16 engine in place now, and this will be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and multi-plate-clutch, four-wheel drive system.
The Veyron’s 268 mph (431 km/h) top speed, achieved through a Super Sport version, was already a bit of a stretch to obtain, given the limitations of the tyres then. With the new one, the publication says that unless tyre tech can keep up, the road-going rubber could well disintegrate before the new vehicle reaches its maximum speed.
Like the Veyron, the new Bugatti will feature a carbon-fibre monocoque and seats two in a highly luxurious cabin, complete with all the very latest in connectivity tech. Production is expected to be limited to around 450 units.