With less than 50 units still available as of 8/6/2014, the first-generation Bugatti Veyron is quickly nearing its market exit, and the luxury supercar manufacturer is obviously up to something. The Volkswagen -owned company has yet to reveal a timetable for a direct successor or any other details — although Bugatti CEO did say the next Veyron will be more powerful — but reports claim that the new hypercar appears to be set for a 2017 release.
And with a pair of strange-looking, current-generation Veyrons spotted on the Nurburgring track, we have every reason to believe that Bugatti is indeed working on something new, be it a brand new iteration or yet another special edition.
Anyway, our skilled photographers sent us a batch of photos depicting two Veyron mules being tested on the German track and a few details that hint toward the fact that we’re not dealing with regular versions of the said supercars . While the white mule, which we’ve already seen on video , carries a strange aluminum setup atop its engine, the black test vehicle features more extensive modification.
According to our spies, the latter sports wider fenders and a wider track, while rolling on a new set of wheels that look like they’re made out of carbon fiber. Also, an extra hole in the rear bumper reveals there’s a new radiator in place to help cool the huge engine hidden under the hood.
Little else is known about the next Veyron as of 8/6/2014, but more power, less weight and hybrid technology are the main characteristics behind Bugatti’s future multimillion dollar exotic.
Updated 08/06/2014: According to the British magazine Autocar, the future Veyron successor will be powered by a heavily updated, turbocharged, 8.0-liter, W-16 engine combined with hybrid technology for a total output of 1,479 horsepower. This will allow the supercar to hit a top speed of 286 mph. The car is already in the initial conceptual engineering tests and will be unveiled in 2016. Deliveries will begin in 2017.
Click past the jump to read more about the Bugatti Veyron Successor.
April 14, 2014 - First Testing Session:
While the first-generation Bugatti Veyron was pitted against the McLaren F1 , its successor will be developed with supercars such as the Koenigsegg One:1 in mind. And the Swedish rocket is hard to beat with 1,340 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque under the hood.
The oomph comes from a twin-turbocharged, 5.0-liter, V-8 engine and enables the One:1 to sprint from naught to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Top speed estimated stand at 248 mph, but Koenigsegg claims their latest creation can top that, although the company has yet to prove it.
To be built in only six units costing $2.4 million each, the One:1 is already sold out. This is where the next Bugatti Veyron will be different, with production to include a couple of hundred units, if not more (save for the numerous limited edition we’re likely to see).
Launched in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron was offered with a quad-turbo, 8.0-lite,r W-16 engine that delivered 1,001 horsepower and a luxury-packed interior. The initial version became the fastest production car with a top speed of 253.81 miles per hour.
In 2010, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport was revealed with 1,200 horsepower and 1,100 pound-feet of torque and revised aerodynamics. It immediately updated the top speed record to 267.85 mph.
Last year, Bugatti also grabbed the Guinness World Record for the fastest production roadster with the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse , which reached an average 254.04 miles per hour.
Since 2005, Bugatti produced more than 30 special edition versions of the Veyron. Most of them were either unique or built in as many as three units .
First-Gen Bugatti Veyron
Press Release from Autocar
The successor to Bugatti’s iconic Veyron hypercar could feature performance credentials so wild that its top speed will be difficult to prove, according to an exclusive report in Autocar today.
Bugatti insiders have revealed to the world’s oldest and most respected motoring magazine that the new model, slated to go on sale in 2016, could have a top speed of 286mph and a 0-62mph time of 2.3sec, if current computer simulations are to be believed.
The car will feature a hybrid powertrain based on the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine featured in the Veyron, and will generate close to 1500bhp.
The nine-year-old Veyron’s top speed of 268mph was already a challenge to prove, due to the limitations of its Michelin road tyres; Autocar believes that, unless tyre technology has advanced sufficiently, the rubber could disintegrate before the new vehicle reaches maximum speed.
Autocar road test editor Matt Prior said: “Even though aerodynamic drag increases at the square of speed, if you up the power enough, it’s entirely feasible that Bugatti could find another 18mph for the taking in the Veyron’s successor.
“But we’re well into the realms of academia now. Making a road car that can do 286mph is one thing; making a road car do it on road tyres is rather more difficult.”
A full report on Bugatti’s Veyron heir can be found in today’s edition of Autocar or by visiting the website at http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/bugatti-plans-new-286mph-1479bhp-veyron-successor.
The new vehicle is being built around a carbonfibre monocoque, like its predecessor. It will seat two in what is planned to be a highly luxurious cabin, complete with all the very latest in connectivity technology.
The heavily revised powertrain receives electric assistance, while drive is channelled to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.
Originally launched in 2005, there are only 15 Veyrons left to be sold. As with the Veyron, the new car’s production will be limited to around 450 units.