Sources within Bugatti cited by Autocar have shed some light about the Veyron's successor.

Sources within Bugatti cited by Autocar have shed some light about the Veyron's successor.

Already confirmed for a late 2015 / early 2016 reveal, the new Bugatti will use an uprated version of the Veyron's W16 8.0-liter engine which will work with an electric motor to provide a combined output of no less than 1,500 PS (1,103 kW). Power will be sent to both axles through a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic gearbox and a multi-clutch four-wheel drive system.

The W16 engine will receive a direct-injection system replacing the Veyron's multi-point setup and together with other tweaks will make the motor meet Euro 6 emissions standards. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions will also be reduced, helped by a disc-shaped electric motor installed within the gearbox housing and working together with a lithium-ion battery. The same report mentions torque will be electronically-limited at 1,100 lb-ft (1,490 Nm) to maintain the gearbox's reliability.

While the Veyron Super Sport weighs a hefty 1,840 kg (4,056 lbs), the new Bugatti will go on a considerable diet even though it will add an electric motor and a battery. Early computer simulations have shown the car has potential to run the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in just 2.3 seconds before topping out at 286 mph (460 km/h) but hitting this speed will be difficult due to tire limitations. In addition, it will be hard to find a road long enough to allow the Veyron successor reach 286 mph.

It is believed five development prototypes with different powertrain combinations have already been produced, all of which are based on the Veyron but with new tech. The design won't stray away too far from today's model and Bugatti has already started preparing the assembly facilities in Molsheim, France for the new model which will be produced in a limited series of 450 cars.

Even though the new Bugatti will be unveiled towards the end of 2015 or early 2016, customer deliveries won't kick off until 2017.