In the automotive world, nothing defines excess quite like the Bugatti Veyron. It’s the fastest production car in the world (for now, anyway), among the most expensive and about as costly to operate per hour as a private jet. There are few stretches of road in the entire world where a Veyron can be wrung out, but none of that limits the car’s appeal; if you want the most technologically advanced car the world has seen to date, and if you’ve got the money, you buy a Veyron.
The current Veyron dates back to 2005, and only the removable-top Grand Sport models are still being produced and sold. Bugatti’s next effort will likely be an over-the-top sedan, since sometimes you want to share the 200 mph experience with three friends, not just one. Beyond that, Auto Express (via Left Lane News) reports that a Veyron successor is under development.
While details remain scarce, Jens Schulenbrg, Bugatti’s chief engineer, reports that the next model will carry on the Veyron name. It will be lighter than the current Veyron, embracing things like carbon fiber wheels and materials developed for the aerospace industry. It may also use a hybrid drivetrain, although such a layout will focus exclusively on performance, not fuel economy.
While traditional hybrids have been the focal point of jokes among enthusiasts, a new generation of performance hybrids (like the Porsche 918 and the Acura NSX) may soon change that. Bugatti’s got the engineering skill to design and build such a car, and we know that price won’t play into the equation. In fact, we’d be surprised if the next Veyron wasn’t a hybrid model.
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