It’s probably a lot sooner than expected, but Bugatti has released the very first teaser of the Veyron’s successor. Bugatti writes ‘#IMAGINEBUGATTI’ in the teaser video, highlighting the letters ‘EB’. The video ends with the megacar’s engine being revved.
‘EB’ has had quite a history with Bugatti. At the Geneva Motor Show in 1999, the ‘EB218’ 4-door sedan concept was presented as a development of the ‘EB112’ 4-door sedan concept. In 1998, the ‘EB118’ 2-door coupe concept was introduced at the Paris Motor Show.
Perhaps, the most important resemblance to the ‘EB’ name goes back to 15 September 1991 when the French sportscar maker unveiled the EB110 as a production sports car. The EB110 is predecessor of the Veyron, which itself arrived first in a concept form with the name ‘EB 18/4 GT’ at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show.
And now it looks like Bugatti is going back to the EB nomenclature, at least for the concept version.
The successor’s front fascia was spied earlier this week for the very first time. The prototype was spotted at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and this indicated that it would be previewed privately to potential customers at the 65th Annual Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance that is to be held on August 16, 2015. Now the just-released teaser video indicates that the successor could be unveiled publicly this year, perhaps at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
The new megacar will be a petrol-electric hybrid, Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winkertorn has confirmed. A report in May suggested that the hybrid powertrain will consist of an upgraded version of the 8.0-litre W16 engine of the Veyron. Power distribution will be managed by a 7-speed DCT gearbox and an electronically controlled 4WD system with torque vectoring.
More details on Bugatti’s new megacar should emerge in the coming weeks.