Veyron replacement spotted for the first time, as Bugatti starts hot weather testing
19 November 2014

This test car is the first evidence that the replacement for Bugatti’s nine-year old Veyron is finally on the way.

Despite looking very similar to the current car, there are clues as the shape of the new model particularly the NACA-style air ducts in the roof and the new rear window and engine cover details.

Sources told Autocar that the new car’s styling has been signed off by the Bugatti design team, allowing full-scale road testing to commence. This engineering mule is thought to house the new-generation Bugatti engine, which is expected to well exceed the 1200bhp output of the today’s Super Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse Veyron models.

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According to Autocar's latest inside information, the new Veyron will see the 8.0-litre W16 engine updated with a direct fuel injection and even electrically-assisted turbochargers. 

The biggest change is expected to be the adoption of hybrid assistance, with an electric motor incorporated into the new transmission which will be backed up by a small battery pack. Significant weight savings are also planned for the new car.

The upshot is that the engine should be able to produce just short of 1500bhp, though its torque output will be pegged back to 1100lb ft to ensure the longevity of the gearbox. With greater power comes the need to manage even greater levels of heat, which probably explains the large openings in the new car’s roof and engine cover.

The arrival of the new car was partly delayed by the need to “fit in with other [VW engineering] programmes ” according to another company insider. The presence of a VW steering wheel in this test car suggests that the Veyron will probably be sharing much of its electrical architecture with MQB-and MLB-based VW Group cars, both of which support a wide range of safety equipment including automatic braking and cruise control.

At the recent opening of the Bugatti fashion boutique in central London, brand boss Wolfgang Dürheimer told Autocar that the company was determined to keep its world speed record for a production car. “We know there are challengers, but we are determined to do our homework on this.”

This means the production version of the new Veyron must exceed the performance of the Super Sport World Record Edition's 268mph top speed and 0-62mph time of 2.5sec. Sources say the Bugatti development team has its eyes on a new top speed of 286mph. 

It's thought there are eight Veyrons left to be sold out the current production run. An expanded factory should be able to build the new car more quickly, though the total production run of the second generation is also expected to be limited to around 450 units.

As well as rolling out a new model, Bugatti says it will open 30 of it new ‘lifestyle boutiques’ in ‘key international and fashions hubs’ across the global, over the next few years. The first was opened last week in London’s Knightsbridge district with Tokyo, Dubai, Milan and Paris to follow. The boutiques will sell very high-end and limited run clothes, shoes and handbags.

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19 November 2014
This is the VAG equivalent of wearing Speedo's. It makes a statement and does exactly what it's designed to do but it looks hideous. At least the Hennessey is reasonably attractive.

19 November 2014
Who ever said beautiful went with speed?,for someone to go and make a car like this,sort out the problems where no other road car maker did,lose money on every one made just to do this car says a lot for them,my only other comment is, why haven't they tried to make a smaller car?,a car the size of say the new Mclaren.

Peter Cavellini.

19 November 2014
Heavier and bulkier. That sounds just like it. As for the facelift, all the Volkswagen Group vehicles suffer generic underwhelming. The idea is perhaps design it once for all and then just keep tweaking a vent here or there in the name of "new" or facelift. With 1500bhp at disposal the question won't be amiss: 62mph in under 2 seconds?

19 November 2014
The standard Golf steering wheel looks a little out of place in the Bugatti! :D

19 November 2014
Given that it looks almost identical to the original Veyron, the camouflage just draws attention to it. Glad to see it's got an increase in bhp...always thought the original was a bit underpowered! Seriously, the original was a tour de force and engineering masterpiece, but a dead end for all real world applications. Not sure why it needs replacing, particularly as VAG, allegedly, makes a loss on each one sold.

22 November 2014
not sure why they didnt do the galbier saloon. would have shown vw pushing boundaries. the fastest sports coupe in the world. the fastest sports convertible in the world. the fastest saloon in the world. the fastest suv in the world. if i had the cash, i would collect all of them!

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