The Bugatti Veyron successor will officially go hybrid.
This is the first time that VW Group boss Martin Winterkorn has confirmed the French automaker is working on a successor to the Veyron, despite spy photographers catching numerous mules during testing. Winterkorn also made it official that the successor will have a hybrid powertrain, although the name of Chiron hasn’t been mentioned. Previous rumors also suggest that the Bugatti Chiron, if that’s what it ends up being called, will have a 286-mph top speed with around 1,479 hp.
The gasoline engine in the hybrid powertrain will be an updated version of the Veyron’s 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 engine with electrical assistance helping drive power to all four wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission. And despite the addition of an hybrid powertrain, Bugatti is working on keeping the car as light as the Veyron Super Sport’s 4,056 lbs. Torque will likely be capped at 1,100 lb-ft to keep the gearbox reliable. The combination of everything means the Bugatti Chiron will have a possible 0-62 mph time of 2.3 seconds, while production will likely be limited to 450 units, just like the Veyron.
The French automaker is aiming to debut the Veyron’s successor in 2016 with deliveries starting 2017.
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