With 1,600 horsepower on tap, a new "Super Veyron" could hit 60 in 1.8 seconds, a top speed of 288 mph and the Frankfurt show floor next year.
When Bugatti released the Veyron in 2005, it shattered the world's conception of what an automobile could do. But Bugatti wasn't done, following up in 2010 with the Veyron SuperSport, upping the output from the quad-turbo W16 engine from 987 horsepower to 1,200 and optimizing the aerodynamics to drive the top speed up from 253.8 mph to 267.8 (limited to "only" 258 in the customer version). But if the latest report from Automobile magazine proves accurate, Bugatti isn't satisfied leaving the Veyron's development there.
Never mind the open-top Grand Sport and Vitesse models or the myriad special editions that have come along over the years. Word on the Alsatian street is that Bugatti is planning a so-called Super Veyron that promises once again to break all the records. According to Automobile's European correspondent Georg Kacher, the new Super Veyron will be more powerful and lighter in weight to further obliterate preconceived notions of the all-important power-to-weight ratio. The engine, according to the rumors, could be increased in capacity from 8 liters to as much as 9.6, taking output up to a mind-boggling 1,600 horsepower.
As a result, we're told to expect a 0-62 time of just 1.8 seconds, with top speed increased to 288 mph. That would position the new Super Veyron as that much faster than any of the incoming crop of hypercars, including the Porsche 918 Spyder, Jaguar C-X75, McLaren P1 or the upcoming successor to the Ferrari Enzo. The added pace would be optimized by a curb weight lightened by some 550 lbs thanks to new front and rear chassis sub-structures, bolted to the same tub for a 3,527-lb total weight, along with some fancy new active aerodynamic elements. If the reports prove accurate, we could be looking at the Frankfurt show next year for the launch of the new Super Veyron.