A lightweight, 280mph-plus Bugatti Veyron hypercar with more than 1500bhp is tipped for a 2014 launch

Reports that a final, ultra-extreme version of the Bugatti Veyron will be launched early next year have gathered pace, with an insider admitting to Autocar that the company is eager to produce a version of the car that is “a fantasy in terms of its performance”.

Our source said: “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.

“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.”

Likely modifications over the Veyron Super Sport on which it would be based include dramatic weight-saving technologies, focusing on more extensive use of carbonfibre to cut about 200kg from the Super Sport’s 1888kg kerb weight, and a dramatic increase in power from the Super Sport’s standard 1184bhp. 

It has been claimed that the potential power output from the quad-turbo W16 engine is more than 1500bhp, which would be achieved by increasing its capacity. The possibility of combining it with an electric boost system has been played down, though.

The top speed is likely to be dictated by the limits of tyre technology, but with the Super Sport coupé having already achieved a street-legal record of 267.82mph, it is likely that the most extreme version of the car would need to be capable of achieving at least 280mph to satisfy the demands of potential customers willing to pay the mooted £5 million price.

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22 June 2013

This could be properly epic. The beauty of the Veyron always was its refinement at high and low speeds, but that refinement came at a significant weight. If they ditch all of the luxury elements from the interior, crank up the engine to 11 it will most likely retain its crown as the king of hypercars.

TS7

22 June 2013

It will still be ugly, no matter what its top speed.

22 June 2013

TS7 wrote:

It will still be ugly, no matter what its top speed.

How can something still be ugly when it isn't ugly in the first place? The Veyron is one of the best looking cars out there

TS7

22 June 2013

owenmahamilton wrote:

TS7 wrote:

It will still be ugly, no matter what its top speed.

How can something still be ugly when it isn't ugly in the first place? The Veyron is one of the best looking cars out there

 

It looks like a melted plastic toy to my eyes.

23 June 2013

TS7 wrote:

owenmahamilton wrote:

TS7 wrote:

It will still be ugly, no matter what its top speed.

How can something still be ugly when it isn't ugly in the first place? The Veyron is one of the best looking cars out there

 

It looks like a melted plastic toy to my eyes.

TS7,

Couldn't agree more.  While I would definitely enjoy taking a Veyron for a drive, I wouldn't want to actually see one on my drive.  It really is a complete and utter moose of a car, and increasing its top speed does not make it any more appealing.

This will be no faster on real, public roads than properly beautiful cars from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, hell, even Porsche and the Audi R8.  Why spend so much money on such an ugly car when you can have an entire garage full of beautiful, fast machinery for a lot less cash?  It's not even about bragging rights - tell anyone you've got a £5 million Veyron and most people will just think you are a nob.

22 June 2013

Getting there, isn't it?,but tell me,whose going to be able to drive it?,i'm not talking about a tame racing driver,i'm talking about the paying customer,will they be first come  forst served?,or will they be vetted?,because, letting someone loose on the public highway with this amount of potential is just plain daft,there could be a claim it's not really for the highway,more a trackday/drag strip experience?.Here's a question though.......should there be a top speed limit?, you know?, what's deemed safe for most drivers to cope with?.

Peter Cavellini.

22 June 2013

Peter Cavellini wrote:

Getting there, isn't it?,but tell me,whose going to be able to drive it?,i'm not talking about a tame racing driver,i'm talking about the paying customer,will they be first come  forst served?,or will they be vetted?,because, letting someone loose on the public highway with this amount of potential is just plain daft,there could be a claim it's not really for the highway,more a trackday/drag strip experience?.Here's a question though.......should there be a top speed limit?, you know?, what's deemed safe for most drivers to cope with?.

dont worry Peter, dosen't matter how many horses it has, it will only ever be used to block up the streets of West London during the summer season.  Coming soon to be double parked outside a Harrods near you.

22 June 2013

If it does make production, it shows somebody at VW has a real passion for cars. The maximum run out is going to be what? 20? Bringing in 100m revenue. You're looking at least half a billion to develop it so I take my hat off if they are willing to spend money for th good of the car industry and to excite people.

22 June 2013

I would absolutely love to drive a car at 280mph.   The feeling must be quite something.

 

I hope they build it.   The world needs something like this to give it a kick up the rear and remind us why we all love cars.

22 June 2013

Symanski@

Yes it would be an experience,afterall,when jetting off somewhere,we're sitting in a pressurised aluminium tube doing about 600mph!, you get no sensation of speed,because there are no reference points,but, on terra firms?....well, 280mph scary and exciting?......you bet!

Peter Cavellini.

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