Bugatti just sold its final Veyron, which means full attention for the crew in Molsheim, France has turned to the car’s successor, a new supercar tipped to be called the Chiron and packing a hybrid powertrain. Early test mules for the car have been spotted, but no new details could be ascertained from these as they still resemble the original Veyron.

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Some things we do know about the car is that it will feature an upgraded version of the Veyron’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W-16 engine. The engine currently produces 1,184 horsepower in its most potent setting but with the addition of a new fuel injection system, an integrated electric motor, and perhaps even electrically-driven turbochargers, we could see output boosted significantly.

CAR is reporting that output of the Veyron successor will register at a staggering 1,500 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque. While these might seem like impossible numbers for a production car, recall that rival supercar marque Koenigsegg has just launched its Regera with 1,500 hp and 1,475 lb-ft of torque.

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And with 1,500 hp on tap, the Veyron successor is said to be capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in just 2.0 seconds, down from 2.5 seconds in the 1,184-hp Veyron Super Sport. Top speed, meanwhile, is said to be as high as 288 mph, or about 20 mph faster than the land speed record-holding Veyron Super Sport.

The unveiling of the Veyron successor, whatever it's called, is expected to take place next year.


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