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Bugatti Working On Veyron Successor, Could Be Hybrid

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On: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 2:49PM | By: Chris Weiss

Bugatti Working On Veyron Successor, Could Be Hybrid

Introduced way back in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron has enjoyed a long, successful career. It's been the fastest car in the world - both officially and unofficially - for much of its existence. It has also enjoyed a role as the most expensive and exotic supercar on the planet. But it's getting very close to retirement. Despite the lack of any official announcements on succeeding models, reports about a Veyron successor are already heating up.

While the status of the 16C Galibier remains in limbo, Bugatti is reportedly hard at work on the next generation Veyron, which will be named....VEYRON! The new model will be more than just an update or special edition, however; it will be a completely new model.

Auto Express reports that Bugatti is working to make the notoriously heavy Veyron lighter, including looking at carbon fiber wheels. That should mean that the 268-mph Veyron will get even faster, possibly setting up a new world record.

Bugatti chief vehicle engineer Jens Schulenburg also mentions that a hybrid Veyron successor is a possibility. Given the Bugatti's history of EPA-lowest fuel economy rankings, we don't suspect that a hybrid powertrain will be used to significantly boost mileage or cut emissions. Much more likely, it will offer a power boost that doesn't sink its EPA ratings even lower. We're guessing the hulking, 16-cylinder engine will still be present and accounted for.

If the 16C sedan gets the green light, the Veyron successor would be Bugatti's halo car. The Galibier would be aimed at the ultra-wealthy, 'fetch the car, Jeeves' quarter-percent that is currently settling for Rolls Royces and Bentleys, while the Veyron would continue to be the high performance, cutting edge wundercar that it's been since it first hit the street.

No word on when we might see the new Veyron, but the report mentions that the Galibier could hit the market by 2014.


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