The Veyron's successor to feature electric assistance.
Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen Group, told the German newspaper Bild that the Bugatti Veyron's successor will be a hybrid. His comments regarding the powertrain are a bit confusing as it sounds like both gas and hybrid options will be on offer. "Next to the petrol model there will be a hybrid version with added performance for the first time." Offering a hybrid option on a normal car is one thing, but when it comes to supercars choices mean higher development costs.
British magazine Autocar also has some tasty new info courtesy of its insiders. We told you Bugatti is planning to include electric turbochargers in the Veyron's successor, that much we know for sure. We've also kicked around figures for the expected horsepower, torque, 0 to 60 and top speed. Turns out we weren't far off. Autocar's sources are saying about 1,500 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of torque will be on offer. The insider said a 0 to 60 of 2.3 seconds and a top speed of 286 mph are being targeted. Like the Veyron production will be limited to 450 units.
A hybrid Chiron (or whatever the hell it'll be called) shouldn't really be a shock to anyone. Remember the original Veyron debuted way back in 2005 before hybrid supercars really took off. Bugatti is certainly in a league of its own. That doesn't mean it's not paying close attention to what the competition is doing as well as looking for ways to bump up the power output of its W16 engine.