Bugatti insiders have revealed to Autocar that the successor to Bugatti's
iconic Veyron hypercar could feature performance credentials so wild that its
top speed will be difficult to prove.
Slated to go on sale in 2016, the currently unnamed new Bugatti could have a top speed of 286 mph (460 km/h) and a 0-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds.
The car will be powered by a hybrid version of the Veyron's 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16 engine, and is expected to generate close to 1,500 hp.
The nine-year-old Veyron's top speed of 268 mph was already a challenge to prove, due to the limitations of its Michelin road tires; Autocar believes that, unless tire technology has advanced sufficiently, the rubber could disintegrate before the new vehicle reaches maximum speed.
Autocar road test editor Matt Prior said: "Even though aerodynamic drag increases at the square of speed, if you up the power enough, it's entirely feasible that Bugatti could find another 18mph for the taking in the Veyron's successor. But we're well into the realms of academia now. Making a road car that can do 286mph is one thing; making a road car do it on road tires is rather more difficult."
The new vehicle is being built around a carbonfiber monocoque, like its predecessor. It will seat two in what is planned to be a highly luxurious cabin, complete with all the very latest in connectivity technology.
The heavily revised powertrain receives electric assistance, while drive is channelled to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.
Originally launched in 2005, there are only 15 Veyrons left to be sold. As with the Veyron, the new car's production will be limited to around 450 units.