Bugatti is getting ready to unveil a new, extreme version if its Veyron supercar, a company insider has revealed to Autocar magazine.
Launched in 2005, the Bugatti Veyron was a quantum leap forward in road car performance, and shifted expectations of how fast (and how expensive) a top-flight sports car should be, setting a then world record top speed of 254mph thanks to a mammoth 987bhp 8.0-litre engine.
However, since then Bugatti has been locked in a constant battle with other supercar manufacturers and even went to the length of releasing the even more powerful Veyron Supersport, after losing the high speed crown to the American Ultimate Aero SSC.
Now Bugatti is looking to put clean air between it and its rivals with a new range topper, which is likely to have a top speed of around 280mph.
“We are looking at several options. The reality is that we are not under time pressure because we are confident of selling out the full Veyron production run regardless,” said the Bugatti insider to Autocar.
“Only after that can we see if there is time and appetite for such a programme. It would be expensive and time-consuming, so we must be sure it is worth it.”
The new car is likely to be a highly modified version of the Supersport model, with extreme weight saving and around 1500bhp – a significant jump from the current 1184bhp it develops – produced by increasing the engine’s capacity.
It is unlikely that any new Veyron model will follow the example of its supercar contemporaries by using an electric motor to boost power.
Details have yet to be confirmed but the new car could have a projected price tag of around £5 million.
If that sounds a tad much, we have a used example in our classifieds, which you can view here.
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