Bet­ter be­lieve the hype

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Cars Guide Confidential - Twit­ter: @RTMBlack­burn

AS the 450th and fi­nal Bu­gatti Vey­ron greets the crowds at this week’s Geneva mo­tor show, the man over­see­ing the devel­op­ment of its suc­ces­sor has made three prom­ises.

Bu­gatti pres­i­dent Wolf­gang Durheimer says the brand’s next hy­per­car will have more power than the Vey­ron, will be quicker to 100km/h and will bet­ter the car’s cur­rent world record top speed of 431km/h.

“It will be more pre­cise and more pow­er­ful with more at­ten­tion to de­tail,” he says. “With the next Bu­gatti model, we are aim­ing to con­sol­i­date and ex­pand the mar­ket-lead­ing po­si­tion we have es­tab­lished with the Vey­ron.

“Our chal­lenge is to make the best even bet­ter.”

The new car will not be called a Vey­ron but is ex­pected to stick with the cur­rent car’s po­tent quad tur­bocharged W16, with po­ten­tial elec­tric mo­tor as­sis­tance.

Durheimer says the devel­op­ment of the new model is “well un­der way” but won’t spec­u­late on a global re­veal date. Some sources are sug­gest­ing the car could be un­veiled as early as next year.

There is also spec­u­la­tion that the out­put of the en­gine — es­sen­tially a pair of V8s — will climb to as much as 1120kW, up from 882kW in the most re­cent Vey­ron 16.4 Su­per Sport.

The orig­i­nal Vey­ron launched a decade ago and since then 300 coupes and 150 con­vert­ibles have been sold, de­spite re­cent prices av­er­ag­ing about 2.3 mil­lion eu­ros.

Power player: Bu­gatti Vey­ron’s suc­ces­sor will prob­a­bly keep quad-turbo W16 en­gine

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