Head of VW Group design confirms next hypercar is on its way. And it will be ‘art’
Get ready. The head of Volkswagen Group design has confirmed to TopGear.com that work on the next Bugatti model is well underway, with an expected launch in early 2016.
Walter de Silva, who has headed up VW Group’s design since 2007, said “we’re working hard at Bugatti, but don’t worry, it’s coming. I cannot predict exactly, but at the end of 2015 or early 2016, we’ll see the new Bugatti.”
De Silva wouldn’t confirm exactly what form this new car would take, but did concede that it “won’t be a Veyron replacement, it’ll be more than that. We’re investigating all avenues at the moment”.
He remained confident, however, it will be something incredible. “For me, Bugatti is not a car,” de Silva said, “it is a piece of art. You have to understand this. You are in another range when you talk about Bugatti. No, forget that, you play in another league with Bugatti. When you buy a Bugatti, you buy a piece of art. It’s a story, and I would like to transfer the Bugatti idea in this way.” [x]
So, what sort of numbers does a convertible need to be the fastest in the world? 1184bhp and 1105lb ft. That’s 197bhp and 183lb ft up from the cooking variety Veyron’s 987bhp and 922lb ft. Or roughly one Golf GTI more…
Extra power’s been teased out of the 16-cylinder engine by enlarging the four - FOUR - turbochargers and intercoolers. The chassis’s also been beefed up to support the extra muscle.
No performance stats have been released yet, but if it’s anything like the Veyron Super Sport, it’ll hover around 2.5 seconds to 62mph. That’s 0.2 seconds faster than the current Grand Sport. Pricing’s equally mysterious, but we reckon it’ll be in the region of $3.3M.
Well now that we’re a whole two and a half days into 2012, we might as well take a look at some of the cars TopGear.com is looking forward to in the new year.
The production Pagani Huayra, Porsche 918, Jaguar’s Cayman fighter, and a new Dodge Viper are all slated to see the light of day in the next 363 days. Additionally, we should get deets on the next 4 door Bugatti and the Alfa 4C should make it to the States. Even with all of that, we’re dying to see the next Mustang GT500 which is supposed to break the 200mph barrier.
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Ok. We’ve got a few responses to our “What’s the most expensive supercar crash?” question. Here’s the first: man drives his Bugatti Veyron into a lake.
We can’t decide whether it’s hugely coincidental that some good ol’ boys just so happened to be filming the Bug moments before it crashed into the lake… or completely understandable. It’s a super-rare exotic supercar, right? You’d have done the same, wouldn’t you?
We also can’t decide whether it’s hugely coincidental that the driver has been identified by local media as the owner of a company that restores wrecked supercars for resale.