As Bugatti prepares to whip the covers off its last-ever Veyron special edition, the Veyron Ettore Bugatti Legend, rumours are circulating of its replacement.
And, if the rumours are to be believed, the next Bugatti hypercar is set to feature a 1100kW powertrain and a top speed of 460km/h - all from an uprated version of the Veyron's 8.0 litre quad-turbocharged W16 engine and an electric motor.
The report from the UK's Autocar magazine also states that Bugatti will apply direct-injection and electrically-assisted turbocharger technology to help improve fuel economy, emissions and low-RPM performance.
As for exactly how fast it will be, Bugatti has told prospective customers that it will hit 100km/h in even less time than the Veyron Super Sport World Record Edition, which is capable of achieving triple-digit speeds in just 2.5 seconds.
Zero to 100km/h in 2.3 seconds is reportedly the target.
The report also states that Bugatti will aim to keep the weight of the Veyron's replacement under 1.8 tonne, and that a carbon-fibre construction for the central 'tub' will continue to be used.
However, don't expect to see the new Bugatti flagship until sometime in the latter part of 2016, when it's expected to make its motor show debut.
But between now and then, Bugatti will bridge the gap with the Veyron Ettore Bugatti Legend (pictured), the last in its "Les Légendes de Bugatti" series of special editions and one of the final Veyrons to be built before production ends.
Just fifteen more Veyrons are left in the production run before Bugatti tools up for its replacement, and just three of those fifteen will be of the Veyron Ettore Bugatti Legend.
Named after the company's founder, the Ettore Bugatti Legend edition is based on the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse1, and produces 883kW of power and an incredible 1500Nm of torque. Top speed is 408.84km/h.
The Ettore Bugatti Legend draws on the classic Bugatti Type 41 Royale, with its polished alloy and blue-tinted carbon fibre exterior treatment, bespoke wheels and brown calf leather interior with motifs inspired by the Type 41's "Dancing Elephant" hood ornament.
The price for all this power, rarity and opulence? A cool €2.35 million (AU$3.39 million).
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