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New Bugatti Veyron ‘too fast to test’

The new Bugatti Veyron currently in development will be so quick it will be ‘too fast to test’. That is according to an Autocar report, which also says the new supercar is slated to go on sale in 2016.

Autocar’s insider claims the new Veyron will have a top speed of 286mph and a 0 to 62mph time of 2.3 seconds. The same 8.0-litre V16 engine will be mated to a hybrid powertrain to enhance the power output, similar to that seen in the McLaren P1.

Autocar concept render of the new Veyron
Not a picture of the new Bugatti Veyron

1,479bhp (up from 1,183 in the Veyron Super Sport) will be sent through an all-wheel drive system and a seven-speed automatic gearbox, with torque capped at 1,100lb/ft to help the gearbox last more than ten minutes. 

Weight reduction, a carbon fibre monocoque and highly luxurious cabin packed with the latest in ‘connectivity technology’ are also mentioned.

It is likely the new Veyron will be a two-door. The four-door 16C Galibier was reportedly canned after customers said they would rather have an extreme supercar than a family wagon. 

Speaking on the limitations of the current Veyron’s Michelin tyres, Autocar road test editor Matt Prior commented: “Even though aerodynamic drag increases at the square of speed, if you up the power enough, it’s entirely feasible that Bugatti could find another 18mph for the taking in the Veyron’s successor.  

“But we’re well into the realms of academia now. Making a road car that can do 286mph is one thing; making a road car do it on road tyres is rather more difficult.” 

The Autocar findings fly in the face of Bugatti head-honcho Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, who previously denied both a ‘super’ Veyron and four-door saloon. 

“We will not produce a ‘SuperVeyron’ or Veyron Plus, definitely. There will be no more power. 1200PS is enough for the chapter of Veyron and its derivatives. We will not produce a ‘SuperVeyron’ or Veyron Plus, definitely,” Schreiber told Top Gear

Bugatti will have to fend off upstarts like the Hennessey Venom F5 – a car that its makers reckon could hit 290mph – it if wants to remain in the Guinness World Records.

Place your bets now on which car manufacturer will be the first to hit 300mph.

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