290mph Bugatti Veyron

15 Nov, 2012 4:31pm Jack Rix

The new 1,600bhp Bugatti Veyron will be the world's fastest supercar when it arrives next year

If the standard Veyron isn’t fast enough for you, Bugatti is developing an all-new ‘super’ Veyron – according to reports – and these exclusive images show how it could look.

The car will be capable of hitting nearly 290mph and covering 0-62mph in a mind-bending 1.8 seconds. That’s 30mph and seven-tenths up on the current 1,183bhp Veyron Super Sport.

To achieve this incredible performance, Bugatti will hike power to around 1,600bhp and cut 250kg from the kerbweight.

“We are working on the next super-sports car,” chief vehicle engineer Jens Schulenburg told us. “The big challenge will be reducing weight – we are looking at some incredible technologies, such as wheels made entirely from carbon fibre. We’re considering hybrids, too.”

The same quad-turbo W16 engine will be used, but capacity could be increased from 8.0 to 9.6 litres in order to liberate more power. The addition of an electric motor could help hit the 1,600bhp target, too. Our images show the car will get a lower, more slippery body to boost aerodynamics, while keeping the Veyron’s distinctive grille and proportions.

It seems we won’t have a long wait before the world’s fastest car is unveiled, either – it’s set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013.