Listen To The Unholy Sound Of The Bugatti Bolide's 1,850-HP Engine

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This is just insane.

The Bugatti Bolide is arguably the most extreme hypercar concept of the decade, with its wild aero and improbable aerodynamic upgrades that you would never expect to see on a production car. Yet that is what it will be; Bugatti is building just 40 of these crazy cars at a retail price of over $4.72 million. And incredibly, all of them are already sold out. So much for an economic downturn. For those lucky individuals, it will be a long wait before they will get to experience the car, as it is only expected to arrive in 2024. Until then, they can get a taste of what it will sound like by hearing it at this past weekend's Concorso d'Eleganza at the magical Villa d'Este.


Sadly, the people in charge of transporting and moving this monster are professionals who won't rev a car unnecessarily. We don't get the full experience, but it's clear that the 8.0-liter W16 is a wild animal and will require a skilled driver to get the most out of it. We've heard this iteration of the engine once before, at the Milano Monza Motor Show in June 2021. As impressive as it is, we're desperate to see and hear this thing doing what it's built to do: go fast. Bugatti's claims in this regard are pretty astonishing, with simulations telling Bugatti that the Bolide will do 0-62 mph in just 2.17 seconds and a top speed "well above" 310 mph.

This is possible (in simulations, at least) because of world-first aerodynamic technology that includes a morphable intake scoop on the roof and, of course, an extreme version of the 8.0-liter, quad-turbo motor that powers the Chiron. Bugatti says that the concept produces 1,824 horsepower and 1,364 lb-ft of torque thanks to, "among other things," 110-octane racing fuel. The production version will be a little tamer, however, and is expected to produce 1,578 hp and 1,180 lb-ft of torque when the car is fueled with 98RON gas. With a targeted weight of 3,196 pounds, we don't think anyone will want or need more power.


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