Volkswagen boss confirms 286mph Bugatti Veyron successor to get hybrid powertrain

We recently did a list of top 8 performance cars to be launched in the next four years and the highly anticipated Bugatti Chiron featured at the top spot on it. The replacement of the legendary Bugatti Veyron is likely to be the fastest supercar in the world once it is launched, dethroning its own predecessor. In an interview for German publication Bild, Volkswagen Group boss Martin Winterkorn confirmed that the company is working on a Veyron successor. Although, this does not come as a surprise as the Chiron has been spied testing quite a few times; however, no details on the hypercar was available in the public domain until now.

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Therefore, it was but natural that during the lengthy interview of Martin Winterkorn, he would be asked a lot of questions on the Chiron to shed some light on this mystery hypercar. The Volkswagen group boss did in fact did give away some vital information making us automobile enthusiasts very excited. He confirmed that Chiron would be available with a hybrid powertrain on top of a regular powertrain with a gasoline engine, churning out a combined output of around 1500 horsepower. “Next to the petrol model there will be a hybrid version with added performance for the first time,” Winterkorn told Bild. Although the statement leaves plenty of room for speculations but it probably means that there will be a hybrid Bugatti that would be using a heavily revised version of the 8-liter W16 engine the original Veyron had. According to Autocar, no less than five different prototypes are being tested at the moment, all with unique powertrain options. The Bugatti Chiron is expected to be launched by 2018, with a two-seater carbon fiber monocoque like the Veyron before it.

[Via – Autoevolution]

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