The successor to the Bugatti Veyron hypercar will feature a hybrid drivetrain, insiders at the company have revealed.
Sources who spoke anonymously with Reuters claim that new Bugatti president, Wolfgang Duerheimer, prefers the idea of hybrid drive for the Veyron's successor.
The company won't be going down the path trod by the BMW i8, which features a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine in its 266kW plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Instead, the next Bugatti will reportedly feature a version of the 8.0-litre W16 engine that does service in various guises throughout the Veyron family.
If Reuters' sources are on the money, the Veyron successor will use a 1103kW (1500bhp) version of the W16 motor. No specifics about the hybrid layout have been revealed thus far.
An unnamed Bugatti spokeswoman says that "the new model will not be less exciting than the Veyron ... our customers have certain expectations". She also confirmed that 430 of the planned 450 Veyron models have now been sold.
Expectations are that the new car will eclipse the 431km/h top speed of the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The Super Sport held the world record for the world's fastest production vehicle, but was outdone in February this year by the Hennessey Venom GT.
Like the Veyron, the new hypercar will be limited to a lifetime production run of around 450 vehicles. It's not entirely clear when the Veyron successor will debut. The Reuters report mentions 2015, but that seems unlikely unless the new vehicle is based heavily on the Veyron.