• Bugatti’s Monster W-16 Engine Is Here to Stay For 10 More Years

The carmaker won’t turn to VW Group’s rooster of engines and will walk its own path

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It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that 2019 was a mighty good year for Bugatti. The carmaker knows not to dwell too much on the past, though, and it’s already planning its future steps. On that note, we’re happy to report that Bugatti is planning to keep hold of the 8.0-liter W-16, which will live on “for [the] next decade.”

The info comes from Bugatti CEO Stephan Winkelmann himself, via U.K.’s Autocar, who had a chat with the bossman about the company’s plans for the quad-turbo engine.

The 8.0-liter W-16’s Prolonged Stay Would Benefit Bugatti and Owners Alike

2018 Bugatti Chiron High Resolution Exterior
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Speaking to Autocar, Mr. Winkelmann made it clear that he sees the W-16 powerplant as “an opportunity for the future” and a “USP [unique selling point] which is not diminishing in value.” What’s more, the extended use of the W-16 seems to please VW Group’s boss Herbert Diess, too, who according to Mr. Winkelmann, “knows the value of a W-16 engine.”

In addition, should it last for another decade, the W-16 is likely to be the last ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) used by Bugatti.

So with hybridization on the horizon, the W-16 will turn into a highly prized collectible piece of engineering once Bugatti’s hypercars will harness, to various extents, the power of electricity.

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The mid-mounted W-16 made its debut inside the Veyron. It is essentially made of two VR8s matched together under the same crankshaft, slapped with four turbochargers. Initially, the W-16 generated 1,001 PS (987 horsepower) but later Veyron iterations packed up to 1,200 PS (1,183 horsepower).

2011 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport Specifications
Engine Type 8.0-liter W-16 quad-turbocharged
Horsepower 1,200 horsepower at 6,400 rpm
Torque 1,106 pound-feet at 3,000 rpm
Transmission Type 7-speed DSG automated manual
Drive Style All-wheel drive
0 to 60 mph 2.5 seconds
0 to 100 mph 4.9 seconds
Top Speed 257.8 mph (electronically limited)
Fuel Consumption city/highway/combined 6.32 mpg / 15.8 mpg / 10.18 mpg
CO2 Emissions 539 grams per km

Measuring just 710 mm (27.9 inches) in length, the W-16’s length is similar to a V-12 engine. It tips the scales at just 490 kilos (1,080 pounds) and is fitted with titanium piston rods, an eight-stage oil pump mounted inside the crankcase, and a small-mass flywheel.

Bolted to the engine is a seven-speed variant of VW’s dual-clutch DSG transmission, albeit tweaked and reinforced to withstand the massive torque levels of up to 1,500 Newton-meters (1,106 pound-feet). You don’t quite get that in a Golf, do you?

Bugatti's Monster W-16 Engine Is Here to Stay For 10 More Years
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In the Bugatti Centodieci, the 8.0-liter W-16 churns out 1,600 PS (1,577 horsepower) at 7,000 rpm, helping the special edition sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.4 seconds. 0-200 km/h (124 mph) takes just 6.1 seconds, while top speed is capped at 380 km/h (236 mph).

Given Bugatti’s confidence that the W-16 can live for another decade, we’re guessing there’s more power to be extracted from the powerplant, which can only mean that the carmaker’s future cars will only get more extreme. That sounds just about right to us.

Bugatti Chiron Performance Specs
Bugatti Centodieci Bugatti Chiron Bugatti Divo Bugatti La Voiture Noire
Engine 8.0-liter W-16 8.0-liter W-16 8.0-liter W-16 8.0-liter W-16
Horsepower 1,600 @ 7,000 RPM 1,479 Horsepower 1,479 Horsepower 1,479 Horsepower
Torque 1180 lb-ft (est) 1180 lb-ft 1180 lb-ft 1180 lb-ft
Transmission Seven-Speed DCT Seven-Speed DCT Seven-Speed DCT Seven-Speed DCT
0-62 MPH 2.4 Seconds 2.5 Seconds 2.3 Seconds 2.4 Seconds
0-124 MPH 6.1 Seconds 6.4 Seconds 6.5 Seconds 6.4 Seconds
0-186 mph 13.1 Seconds 13.6 Seconds 13.4 Seconds (est) 13.6 Seconds
Top Speed 236 MPH 261 MPH 236 MPH 260 MPH
Weight 4356 pounds 4,400 pounds 4,323 pounds 4,300 pounds

Source: Autocar

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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