Hybrid Follow-Up to the Bugatti Veyron Officially Confirmed
Volkswagen Group head Martin Winterkorn has officially confirmed that there will be a Bugatti Veyron successor and that it will sport a hybrid powertrain. The news came through statements Winterkorn made in an interview with Bild, a German newspaper. According to Autocar, Winterkorn told Bild, "Next to the petrol model there will be a hybrid version with added performance for the first time." This new car is set to debut in 2016 with deliveries to customers starting sometime the following year. RELATED: See Photos of the Stunning Bugatti Gangloff Concept
Bugatti has been working on the Veyron successor for awhile, aiming to update the powerful turbocharged 8-liter W16 so that it will produce somewhere in the neighborhood of 1479 horsepower. This new Bugatti is already in the midst of conceptual engineering tests, with insiders reporting five different prototypes with various powertrains. Which will finally make it into the new Bugatti is still uncertain.
Carbon fiber construction is a given as weight will receive special attention with the addition of a hybrid system. Bugatti engineers are also focusing on active aerodynamics that will provide varying amounts of downforce based on the chosen drive mode. Assembly facilities in Molsheim, France are already being upgraded in anticipation of this new model in an effort to speed assembly times and not leave customers waiting once orders open.
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