Bugatti Veyron successor will pack around 1,500bhp, could have a top speed of 286mph

Last week Hennessey Performance announced a new Venom F5 with around 1,400bhp and a possible top speed around 290mph. Very impressive, though we are curious how this would work out in real life.

We all know that a successor to the Bugatti Veyron is also in development with an expected debut in late 2015 or in early 2016.

So what can we expect? According to Autocar, the new Bugatti hypercar will feature a hybrid powertrain based on the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine featured in the current Veyron, producing close to 1500bhp. Power will be sent to four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.

The disc-shaped electric motor that offers additional boost is installed within the gearbox housing.

The new model has a potential top speed of 286mph with 0-62mph acceleration taking just 2.3 seconds.

The current Veyron Super Sport managed to hit 268mph and it was a real challenge, due to the limitations of its Michelin road tyres. Unless tyre technology has advanced sufficiently it will be very hard to go much faster than that, as there is a high chance for the rubber to disintegrate.

It looks to be much easier to add more power and improve aerodynamics, than come up with tyres for such speeds.

Just like the current Veyron, the new model will be built around a carbon fibre monocoque, seating two in a very luxurious cabin.

The current Veyron was launched in 2005 with a production limited to 450 units. Just 15 are left with the last one expected to roll off the production line in early 2015.


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