Ettore Bugatti Veyron Legend EditionEnlarge Photo
Bugatti has just taken the wraps off its final ‘Les Légendes de Bugatti’ special editions, which means we’re almost at the end of the Veyron’s 10-year, 450-car production run. A successor is planned, and we’ve heard it will feature a hybrid powertrain developing upwards of 1,500 horsepower, enough to take the new car to speeds higher than the Veyron Super Sport’s world record top speed of 267.856 mph.
Based on information from high-level insiders at Bugatti, Autocar is reporting that the new car will be revealed in 2016 and delivered to customers the following year. Its hybrid drivetrain is said to feature a modified version of the Veyron’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine, and be capable of spiriting the car from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and to a top speed of 286 mph! Modifications are said to include a new direct fuel injection system and an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission.
But brute power alone won’t be the car’s only hallmark. Engineers are said to be keen to reduce weight, with the new car expected to weigh less than the 4,000-pound Veyron. Active aero will also be included. As for styling, don’t expect anything too dramatic, as the complexities of designing a car that can drive safely at extremely high speeds means we’re more likely to see an evolution of the Veyron’s shape for the new car.
Early development mules have already started testing, with the new mechanicals hidden beneath the shell of the Veyron. Like the Veyron, the new car will feature a carbon fiber passenger cell with subframes attached to the front and rear. A two-seater cabin, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive are all expected to remain.
As with the Veyron, production is said to be limited to about 450 units, most likely 300 coupes and 150 targas.
Hopefully we’ll have our first spy shots of prototypes soon.