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Once the fastest production car in the world, only to be beaten by its own special editions and few others with great controversy, the Bugatti Veyron hit the automotive world like a right hook from Manny Pacquiao when it was released in 2005. It quickly redefined what we though was possible from an engineering standpoint, using four turbochargers and 16 cylinders to generate more than 1000hp, while requiring no less than ten radiators to keep cool. With each new edition, Bugatti seemed to out-do itself, so much so that it left us wondering what there would be left to achieve with the next generation car. According to a report from UK-based Autocar Magazine, quite a lot.
In their report, they claim that an insider has told them that a new version is to go on sale in 2015, and will likely be too fast to test due to the limitations of tire technology. Autocar reports that the upcoming hypercar will be capable of an insane 286mph, and is able to complete the sprint to 60mph in just 2.3 seconds. It will achieve these speeds through use of a “heavily updated” version of the Veyron’s W16 engine, which will also incorporate hybrid technology to make somewhere around 1500hp. Since Bugatti insiders claim the five prototypes are currently being constructed under Veyron bodywork, nothing is set in stone but we’d reckon that they’ve done their homework before throwing out such ambitious (and oddly specific) numbers.
In terms of styling, the new Bugatti will reportedly be an evolution of the current design, much like the transition between the upcoming third generation Audi TT and the second generation car that it replaces. With production estimated to be capped at 450 units, we have no doubts that Bugatti will find buyers for each one they product as there are only 15 Veyrons (!) that have yet to be sold. And because waiting for your Veyron to be lovingly hand-crafted was perhaps the world’s biggest first world problem, Bugatti has begun preparing an additional production line to reduce production times. In that, it seems that the Veyron replacement will be faster in every way than the car it replaces.
Read the full write-up on the Autocar website.
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