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Bugatti’s sole model, the Veyron supercar, has been around since 2005 and is likely to be replaced within the next couple of years. We know orders for the car’s unique Ricardo-built seven-speed dual-clutch transmission have been extended through to the end of 2014, suggesting we have at least one more year of production.
To help send out the Veyron, there’s been talk Bugatti is planning to unleash a much more powerful version.
The last we heard, the new version would develop upwards of 1,600 horsepower, weigh roughly 550 pounds less than the 4,200-pound Veyron Super Sport, accelerate to 60 mph in a mindboggling 1.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 288 mph.
Speaking with Autocar, an insider revealed Bugatti has several options on the table for its final Veyron but said all planned versions of the regular Veyrons could be sold out so there is no need for such a car.
“The reality is that we are not under time pressure because we are confident of selling out the full Veyron production run regardless,” the insider said.
If the alleged ‘super’ Veyron is built, pricing is expected to be much higher than the already exorbitant pricetags of the existing Veyron models. But as Lamborghini’s $4 million Veneno has proven, there are buyers willing to spend extraordinary sums of cash on rare autos.
One possibility for increasing performance of the car is hybrid technology, though Bugatti is expected to reserve this for a future model. As for what comes after the Veyron, it remains to be seen. Possibilities include a production version of 2009’s Galibier sedan concept or a new supercar.
We should know more following this September’s 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, where Bugatti has previously been reported to be presenting its final Veyron.