Speaking to German newspaper Bild, Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn has revealed that the Bugatti Chiron, the Veyron successor, will be powered by a hybrid powertrain.
The May 2015 issue of Car Magazine also revealed significant details on the next Bugatti. The new megacar’s hybrid powertrain will make use of an upgraded 8.0-litre W16 petrol engine and an electric motor. The hybrid system will produce 1,500 bhp and 1,106 lb.-ft. (1,500 Nm) of torque.
Revised turbochargers will enhance the boost pressure. Two of the four turbochargers will be electrically powered, for quicker release of power and cylinder deactivation feature will improve efficiency. The engine will be mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and an electronically controlled 4WD system with torque vectoring.
The Chiron, or whatever Bugatti finally names the Veyron successor, will do 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2.0 seconds, and hit a top speed of 288 mph (464 km/h).
Although the Veyron’s carbon-fibre architecture will continue to form the base, 92% of the car will be new of modified. The British publication said that the weight reduction won’t be remarkable; now it can be understood that the hybrid powertrain might the be reason behind it. Rigidity will be increased and so, the handling will be improved. The wheels will be wrapped in Michelin tyres specially built to cope with extreme speeds, brutal cornering and high g-forces.
The Bugatti Chiron’s interior will be more spacious and the ergonomics will be improved. The sat-nav directions won’t be displayed on the rear-view mirror and instead, a new touchscreen infotainment system with integrated satellite navigation could be offered.