Its a supercar that costs Bugatti a reputed 4 million euros to make yet its sold for 1.7 millon euros, but this hasn’t deterred the company from building a successor to the 1,200bhp Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse. And its going to be a full-blown hybrid according to industry rumors.
If true then the new model is expected to overshadow the 268 mph top speed of the Veyron Super Sport.
The Veyron’s replacement may well use a 1,500-hp, 16-cylinder engine, production is said to be limited around 450 cars. Bugatti’s parent company, Volkswagen, is apparently overseeing the development to the Veyron’s successor which is expected to launch in 2015.
Rivals such as Ferrari, McLaren and Porsche are introducing electric-hybrid powertrains, the systems used in McLaren’s P1 and Porsche’s 918 Spyder are designed to boost performance and fuel economy whilst reducing C02 emissions.
Bugatti’s move to a hybrid platform would justify the cost of building such a car and also meet strict new European emissions regulations.
VW acquired the Bugatti in 1998 and launched the Veyron in 2005, it has long been known that Bugatti is a loss making venture for the VW group which is evidenced by the fact that VW has never released annual accounts or reports. VW see Bugatti and the Veyron as the ultimate expression of automotive technology pushing the boundaries.
Bugatti has sold 430 of the 450 Veyron models and the remaining amount are expected to be sold by the end of the year.