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Bugatti Aiming For 270 MPH With Veyron Successor

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On: Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 10:17AM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Aiming For 270 MPH With Veyron Successor

Well, isn't this interesting. Not three weeks after a report indicates that Volkswagen is planning on winding down Bugatti Super Sports coupes (aka Veyron) in favor of a more profitable model (aka a four-door coupe like the 16C Galibier), a report from Auto Express suggests that the automaker is preparing to build a Veyron successor. Not only will the Veyron live on, according to the site, but it will get even more powerful and extreme.

As the new report goes, the next-generation Veyron will be a 2014 model and will look more like the Veyron Super Sport than the Veyron 16.4 in terms of power and performance. It's expected to get a similar output of around 1,200 horses and 1,100 lb-ft using the Veyron's classic (and ginormous) quad-turbo 8.0-liter W16 engine.

While the engine will remain the same, the Veyron will shed some pounds by borrowing composite know-how from VW sibling supercar-maker Lamborghini. The car is expected to get a full injection of carbon composite in places like the chassis, body panels, and interior trim, with a reported goal of cutting about 100 kg (220 lbs.) off the Veyron's curb weight.

The Veyron has always been a monstrously powerful car, but it's also always been a heavy supercar. The Veyron SS weighs in over 4,000 lbs. So, while the next-gen Veyron will have the same engine capabilities, the loss of weight should improve its already-off-the-charts performance. The W16 is expected to power all four wheels to speeds over 270 mph (the Veyron SS currently holds the world record at around 268 mph). It's also expected to cut acceleration to 62 mph below the current 2.5 seconds. With competitors like Shelby Supercars and TranStar Racing breathing hotly down the Veyron SS's back, the added performance will be key to keeping Bugatti in the world-record mix.

As for looks, the next Veyron will be evolutionary and will maintain the current model's recognizable shape. The new model may draw inspiration from a 1999 design proposal penciled by Walter de’Silva, VW's current head of design.

The Auto Express article points to the same problem with the Veyron that was to lead to its discontinuation: Volkswagen is losing money with every model sold. The lack of a profitable model was cited as the reason that Volkswagen was planning to nix the Veyron in favor of a four-door flagship. But according to Auto Express, VW will continue to produce the model in the future because having such a powerful, over-the-top halo sports car is viewed as worthwhile—profit or not. And, according to a source for the article, it's cheaper to run Bugatti than to support an F1 team.

The new Veyron is expected to bear a price tag around $1.6 million when it hits the market in 2014.

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