In an interview set to be published this week, Germany’s Bild newspaper quotes Volkswagen Group boss Martin Winterkorn as confirming the long-held rumour.
But fans may be surprised to learn that the hybrid set-up will join a stand-alone petrol engine in the new hypercar 'range', with the hybrid powertrain reserved for a range-topping model.
"Next to the petrol model there will be a hybrid version with added performance for the first time," Winterkorn said.
The new model - rumoured to be called the Bugatti ‘Chiron’ - could continue to use the 8.0 litre quad-turbo W16 which powers the current Veyron, thus freeing up resources for the development of the petrol-electric hybrid system.
And what a powertrain it will be. With the aforementioned W16 combined with an electric motor, the ‘Chiron’ will reportedly offer as much as 1104kW under the driver’s right foot and a top speed of 286 MPH (458km/h).
Torque will reportedly be capped at 1494Nm to ensure transmission reliability, and fuel consumption could be lowered through weight reduction measures and efficiency improvements to the petrol engine.
Otherwise, Bugatti promises more of the same from its Veyron replacement, with at least one company official telling fans to expect “the fastest top speed of any series-production road car, together with the sort of driveability to allow you to use it every day”.
Styling for the new model is said to be much the same, serving the dual purpose of overcoming engineering challenges and ensuring observers know it’s the ‘new Veyron’.
Five test vehicles are reportedly doing the rounds with varying degrees of power, with all said to be running a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and the Veyron’s all-wheel-drive system.
The new model could be unveiled as early as next year, with deliveries set to begin in 2017. The production run could mirror the Veyron with around 450 units to be built in total.
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