British publication Autocar claims Bugatti’s new-generation supercar is being put through a conceptual engineering program ahead of its planned unveiling in 2016 and the first customer deliveries the following year.
Company officials claim the car that replaces the iconic but now nine-year-old Veyron will offer “the fastest top speed of any series production road car, together with the sort of driveability to allow you to use it every day”.
To achieve that goal, the new model will need to outgun the Hennessey Venom F5, which also has its sights fixed on the top-speed record and has set 467km/h as its target.
The new Bugatti will be powered by an uprated version of the Veyron’s quad-turbocharged 8.0-litre W16 engine and will incorporate hybrid technology as seen in the LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1.
The report claims the Bugatti’s hybrid system will feature a disc-shaped electric motor mounted within its seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a lithium-ion battery.
The engine will switch from multi-point injection to direct-injection as the Volkswagen-owned French car maker targets the more stringent Euro 6 emissions standards. Electric turbochargers have also been rumoured to replace the Veyron’s conventional turbos in the pursuit of improved efficiency and greater low-down torque.
Bugatti engineers have built five Veyron-based prototypes with different powertrains so far as they consider a range of possibilities for the new model.
Company officials have reportedly already told prospective customers that the new model will eclipse the performance benchmarks of the Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition, which boasts a 2.5-second 0-100km/h and a 431km/h top speed.
One insider revealed computer simulations suggested a 2.3sec sprint may not be out of the question.
A source said much of the early construction work had focused on the carbonfibre monocoque, with its engineers working hard to ensure the car’s weight comes in well below the 1840kg mass of the Super Sport.
The new Bugatti supercar will feature evolutionary exterior styling that retains the fundamental shape of the Veyron and has clear visual family links.
Work is already underway at Bugatti’s production plant in Molsheim, France, in preparation for the new model, with the car maker aiming to speed up build times to reduce customer lead times.
Production is again set to be capped below 500 units.