Former VW Group chief hints at 1200 hp Veyron. Quad-turbocharged, 16-cylinder engine is capable of producing the additional 200 hp. The current Veyron comes with 1001 PS (736 kW).
A 1200 horsepower Bugatti Veyron?
Well, as the model winds down its current production run it, could be a possibility.
In a speech at the Vienna University of Technology former VW chief Ferdinand Piëch hinted at such a model for the future but did not give any further details.
Piëch is no longer at the helm, though, so his statement perhaps should be taken with a grain of salt, although he still chairs the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG. On the other hand, he is still the guy who green-lighted the Veyron in the first place. Bugatti is a VW Group brand.
How would they do it?
Well, when you're working with a 16-cylinder, quadruple-turbocharged engine, you can always find some room for improvement. Apparently, the engine is indeed capable of much more than the 1001 PS (736 kW) it produces in its current configuration. Or maybe they'll just get the added 200 hp by dropping an extra 2.0 liter TFSI power plant from the Golf GTI into the engine bay.
Note: Bugatti Renaissance artist rendering used for entertainment purposes.
Correction: This article previously stated erroneously that Ferdinand Piëch is no longer with VW Group. He retired as Chairman of the Board of Management at Volkswagen AG in 2002 but still serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board. The correction has been made.