New Bugatti may be too fast to test
Bugatti's new performance car and heir to the Bugatti Veyron has been said to be too fast to successfully test in real life.
The still unnamed model will appear in 2016 and will likely have a top speed of 286 mph (460 km/h) with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) acceleration time of just 2.3 seconds if correct computer simulations are to be trusted. The car will be based on a hybrid powertrain and will have the same quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine that you can find in the Veyron. The engine is capable of generating about 1500 bhp (1521 horsepower).
This information comes in excess of what we currently have about the Bugatti Veyron, whose top speed of 268 mph (431 km/h) is already a challenge to prove due to limitations of its Michelin road tires. The problem with tires is that if technology has not advanced that far when the new car appears, the tires used may disintegrate well before reaching the vehicle top speed.
Autocar road test editor Matt Prior said: "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 (29 km/h) 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 286 mph (460 km/h) is one thing; making a road car do it on road tires is rather more difficult."
The new vehicle will have a carbon monocoque, like its predecessor and will have seats for two in a highly luxurious cabin that includes all latest connectivity technologies. The heavily revised powertrain receives electric assistance, while drive is channeled to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system.
The upcoming vehicle by Bugatti will be limited; no more than 450 units will be produced.