New Bugatti Veyron successor spied testing

30 Apr, 2014 8:15am Jack Rix

A successor to the mighty Veyron has begun testing, with a more powerful version of 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine

A successor to the mighty Bugatti Veyron is under development, and our spies have caught two intriguing prototypes in early testing at the Nurburgring. It looks like Bugatti plans to up its game in the wake of rival hypercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder arriving on the scene.
While the black and brown test mule gives very little away besides a telemetry aerial stuck to the roof, the white car is altogether more mysterious. An aluminium structure is clearly visible protruding from the engine bay, suggesting some serious upgrades to the Veyron Super Sport’s 1,183bhp 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine are being applied.
Wolfgang Schreiber, Bugatti’s CEO until Wolfgang Durheimer takes over on June 1 this year, has previously stated that the Veyron’s successor will be significantly more powerful, but whether it will feature a boosted version of the existing engine as some reports suggest, or a hybrid element will be added, is still the subject of debate.

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However, when we spoke to Bugatti’s chief vehicle engineer, Jens Schulenburg last year he told us: ““The big challenge on the next car will be reducing weight – we are looking at some incredible technologies, such as wheels made entirely from carbon fibre. Hybrids are definitely something we’re looking at, too,” suggesting significant weight savings in the car’s construction and electric motors to supplement the 8.0-litre engine.

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With power expected to climb as high as 1,500bhp and torque to around 2,000Nm, performance should be characteristically unhinged. A 0-62mph time of well under 2.5 seconds and a top speed north of 270mph is possible, snatching back the title of the world’s fastest car from the 1,244bhp 270.49mph Hennessey Venom.
With the four-door Galibier now officially axed from Bugatti plans, the Veyron successor is being line up to enter production soon after the fewer than 50 remaining Grand Sport Roadsters are sold. That means it’s unlikely we’ll see the newcomer in 2014, although a debut towards the end of 2015 is feasible, with a price tag that could approach the £2m mark. 

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So what's new, the paint colour? LaFerrari has just completely leapfrogged the VW Bugatti bus, with something beautiful, lightweight, innovative and exquisitely engineered. You know, something like a real Bugatti....

LOL! It's taken a decade for Ferrari to 'leapfrog' the veyron! Remember also that it's quite rare for Ferrari to launch a model that is widely considered 'great' whereas the Veyron was pretty much universally admired by all who had the chance to try it! In terms of performance stats, it was one of the world's fastest cars for a decade!

Who says the LaFerrari has just completely leapfrogged the Bugatti? It looks like the Veyron is still faster, even after all these years!

Why is a Veyron being compared to the LaFerrari they couldnt be two more diffent cars! You cant even adjust the seat on the ferrari where the Veyron has electric heated seats and all the luxurys. Its a grand tourer that you could use ever day if you had the money that just happens to be faster than every other car in a straight line. The ferrari is a stripped out track car made for one thing going fast round a track.

Comparing this behemoth with the new hypercars from Ferrari or, indeed McLaren and Porsche is not relevant. Unless you're driving them up a runway the other 3 would completely monster the Veyron as impressive as its power stats are.

I don't think Ferrari are much interested in producing a car with a stack of power to reach a high maximum speed. If a backstreet mechanic in Texas can produce a car to beat the Veyron then Ferrari could if they wanted to.

But Ferrari would die of embarrassment if their so called fastest car could only clock 7:40 at the Nurburgring. Ferrari will be looking for a Nordshleife time getting on for a minute quicker than the Veyron could manage.

Corners are what cars are all about, imagine waiting almost a minute for your competitor to show up at the finish line.

I believe that a Ferrari F40 of 1988 vintage has a faster 'Ring time than the Veryon has managed.

There's so much BS posted here. Here are the times of the Veyron vs F40. Obviously no time for the LaFerrari yet.

07:07.572 - Buggati Veyron 16.4 '09 - ABS1 - Tire Wear Off - CSLACR -

07:38.27 Ferrari F40 -ABS(1) -Wear off -AW400

Ferraris have never been that good at the ring because Nurburgring is more like a real road than a F! type smooth track.

The above figs are for stock models.

Out of the 3 new hypercars we know that only the 918 has done the ring in under 7 mins. The McLaren is unlikely to have bettered that. So that makes them around 8 seconds faster than the Veyron. Not much difference. Also, the Veyron is probably much, much faster in a straight line. So if we could take a mean of slightly slower around a track and a much faster top speed the Veyron still wins. Impressive when you consider that it's a comfortable Grand Tourer!

But the other cars are NOT GTs -- and you could buy the Porsche and the Ferrari for the price of the Veyron !

Eh? The Veyron 16.4 which got the 07.08 time round the ring costs £839,285 according to Autocar. That's a lot less than the LaFerrari. The Veyron is also miles more desirable IMO.

"With a price tag that could approach the 2m mark" Well for the new one they're working on in any case.

Surely not 800k anymore? Not unless you've got a Time Machine in your garage! 1.5m quid if you want one now .

Veyrons are now surely all sold out, apart from special editions. As the LaFerrari is also sold out, it too will only be available in special editions. TBH I don't know and I can't be bothered phoning the Bugatti dealer in London.If you google "bugatti veyron price uk" you'll see the autocar story. It lists the basic veyron at 800k and the supersport at £2m.

Maybe, one day, someone will be lucky enough to get hold of all 4 of these cars and compare them on the road and track. Until then we can amuse ourselves speculating.

The veyrons whole purpose was to be fast in a straight line, it wasn't some accident that just happened when they were making a comfortable gt car

I read somewhere that the veyron had only managed 7.40 or thereabouts, plus ferraris don't join in on the nurburgring fad and test there cars at their own facility which is why they are not always optimised there