2016 Bugatti Chiron rendered

2016 Bugatti Chiron rendering

While I was driving around Germany in April Car magazine published this rendering of the new Bugatti Chiron. It will be the replacement for the iconic Veyron.

What can we expect from the Mk2 Veyron? Let’s start with a reworked version of the 16-cylinder engine found in the old car. Power is expected to peak at a mammoth 1500hp (1100kW), matched by a staggering 1500Nm of torque. There’s also rumours of some electric hybrid gubbins featuring to help achieve that eye-watering headline power figure.

The Chiron’s v-max is predicted top out at licence-wrecking 463km/h (288mph) and the increasingly irrelevant 0–100km/h sprint will be all over in just 2.0 seconds.

Oh mama!

Maybe the Veyron I saw lapping the Nürburgring during an Industry Pool session (pictured below) was a precursor to the Chiron?

[Source: Car]


Bugatti Veyron successor too fast to test?

Bugatti Veyron Mk2 rendering

According to new information from Autocar the successor to the almighty Bugatti Veyron could be so fast it could be almost impossible to test its full potential.

The Mk2 Veyron—it’s actual name is not known at this stage—is expected to be powered by a hybrid powertrain. The heavy lifting will be done by a derivative of the current Veyron’s 8.0 litre W16 engine, with extra spice added by an electric motor mounted in the housing of the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

Peak power could be as high as 1479hp (1100kW), that’s a staggering 300hp more than the Veyron Super Sport. Torque could be capped at 1100ft-lb (1491Nm) in order to preserve the transmission. Put all that together and the Super Sport’s 2.5 second 0-100km/h record could be broken, with 2.3 seconds the suggested target.

Which brings us to guesses about the Mk2 Veyron’s top speed. The current best for a Veyron is 268mph (431km/h), which was controversially set by the Super Sport. An increased use of lightweight materials is hoped to bring the car well under the 184okg weight of the Super Sport which means, in theory, that its 431km/h v-max can be comfortably bettered.

However, the trick will be finding a stretch of road long enough and a set of tyres robust enough to withstand such speed. We expect that will all be achievable and won’t be at all surprised to see a street-legal production car go beyond 450km/h. Which is just mind blowing, really.

There’s still around 15 build slots left (out of 450) for the current Veyron, as such concrete plans for its replacement are yet to be announced, but it seems as though the development program is well underway.

“Five developmental prototypes with differing powertrain combinations have been constructed up to now,” one source confirmed. “They are based on the existing car 
but use various solutions 
that are being considered for the new model.”

Also of note is talk that Bugatti could fit the new car with electric turbochargers. This would be done in order to improve low-end torque and could bring the added benefit of lower thermal temperatures.

Styling isn’t expected to stray too far from the Mk1 Veyron and we thank Autocar for making this rendering available in 2000px super sizing.

[Source: Autocar]

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2014 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 1

2014 Geneva Motor Show

Like us you probably haven’t had a chance to duck over to Europe to check out the Geneva Motor Show. So here’s the first of a two part series bringing you a selection of the cars on show. Here we start with Alfa Romeo and go through to Lexus.


“The Galibier is officially dead”

Bugatti Galibier Concept

Following an earlier report in January Volkswagen Group boss, Dr Martin Winterkorn has confirmed the four-door luxury Bugatti Galibier won’t be going into production.

Winterkorn went on to add the company will instead focus on a replacement for the Veyron. “The Galibier is officially dead. We won’t do it. In its place will be a second-generation Veyron with more power,” he confirmed to Autocar.

So strap yourselves in as the next few years become a speculation-fest on just how ridiculous to headline horsepower figure in the Mk2 Veyron will be. Place your bets, do I have any offers above 1500hp?

[Source: Autocar]


Bugatti buyers too thick for Galibier saloon

Bugatti Galibier Concept

Bugatti president Dr Wolfgang Schreiber has revealed there are no longer plans to turn the 2009 Galibier concept into a production model. Further, there will be no four-door Bugatti at all. Buyers at the extreme top end of the market are too thick, apparently.

“We have talked many, many times about the Galibier, but this car will not come because … it would confuse our customers,” Schreiber told Top Gear. “Everyone knows that Bugatti is the ultimate super sportscar. It’s easier for current owners, and others who are interested, to understand if we do something similar to the Veyron [next]. And that is what we will do. There will not be a four-door Bugatti.”

That’s an extraordinary assertion, we think, for Schreiber to make. Really, he expects us to believe buyers would be confused if the luxury carmaker produced a sportscar and a super saloon? Wow!

In addition to the death of the Galibier concept, the seemingly endless supply of new special edition Veyrons is also over.

“We will not produce a ‘SuperVeyron’ or Veyron Plus, definitely,” Schreiber said, who was formerly Bugatti’s Technical Director. “There will be no more power. 1200PS is enough for the chapter of Veyron and its derivatives.”

If you’re bemoaning your fate because you thought your chance to buy a new Veyron was over, fear not. There’s still 43 empty spaces on the Veyron’s order book. It’ll have to be a roadster and you’ll have to get your order in before the end of 2015. Don’t be the one who misses out!

[Source: Top Gear]

Bugatti Hennessey

Bugatti 1 – Hennessy nil

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is once again the world’s fastest production car, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Last week Guinness stripped the record from Bugatti after complaints from rival hillbillies carmaker Hennessy claiming the Veyron Super Sport had its speed limiter removed and was therefore not “production” spec.

A statement from Guinness can be read after the break.

[Source: Autoblog]


Is Bugatti about to unveil the world’s fastest convertible?

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Unperturbed by their recent admonishment from the Guinness Book of Records and the competition from the cowboys at Hennessey, Bugatti say they’re ready for another crack at a production record of some sort.

The car will be a special edition of the Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which is tipped to carry the extra tag World Record Convertible. Without giving too much away Bugatti say it will be “the latest example of exceptional performance”.

At the very least we can expect the Vitesse WRC to be the world’s fastest production convertible, but will it reclaim the title of world’s fastest car?

We’ll find out for sure when Auto Shanghai comes around later this month.

[Source: Autocar]


Bugatti stripped of landspeed record

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport

Hmm, something’s not quite right here. Just days after Hennessey reckoned that their Venom GT should be acknowledged as the world’s fastest production car Bugatti, who set the record almost three years ago, has had their title rescinded.

In effect, Hennessey accused Bugatti of cheating because the Veyron Super Sport used to set the record had had its 415km/h speed limiter removed, thereby allowing it to reach a verified top speed of 431km/h (267.8mph).

In an official statement the Guinness Book of World Records stated:

“It has come to the attention of Guinness World Records that there was an oversight in its adjudication of the ‘Fastest production car’ which was set in 2010 by the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport,” said Jaime Strang, PR Director of the company.

“As the car’s speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle’s record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid. Following this, Guinness World Records is reviewing this category with expert external consultants to ensure our records fairly reflect achievements in this field.”

Bugatti is standing firm, though. “Guinness knew the Veyron’s speed limiter was deactivated but that for safety reasons, cars subsequently sold to customers would have their speed limiters activated [set at 258mph],” a spokeswoman said. “It’s not a hard blow if we lose this title. The Super Sport is more than just a world-record car.”



Bugatti Grand Sport Bernar Venet revealed

Bugatti Grand Sport Bernar Venet

Renowned French conceptual artist and sculptor Bernar Venet has helped to create Bugatti’s most recent work. It’s the one-off Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Bernar Venet and features the artwork of the 71-year-old. It’s been described by the carmaker as “the fastest artwork ever.”

Venet, who has experimented with logic and mathematical equations in his artwork since the 1960s, sought inspiration from scientific formulae used in the creation of the Veyron. These have been integrated with the car’s paintwork and Venet wanted to create the impression of the lettershapes being swept away by the Grand Sport’s immense speed.

“A Bugatti is already a work of art in itself, one that transports both its beholder and its driver into new dimensions of reality,” explained Venet. “I realised how I could translate my passion for mathematical equations and scientific treatises into three-dimensional form. My works are usually self-referential. So I found the idea of translating the equations of the Bugatti engineers onto the bodywork of the car very appealing.

“It was, so to speak, a logical conclusion and a new challenge in terms of the specific form of collaboration and implementation. To me, the result is also exceptional when measured by artistic standards and bestows the object with a mythical character.”

The Veyron Grand Sport Bernar Venet premiered as part of the Rubell Family Collection in Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach.

A video after the break shows how the artwork was applied to the Veyron and a gallery of images showcasing the car can also be seen.


VIDEO: Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

These days the Bugatti Veyron is almost the forgotten hypercar. Bugatti addressed this back in March by revealing the Grand Sport Vitesse at the Geneva Motor Show. Now they’ve reminded us of their creation by releasing a new video to YouTube, with the accompanying intro:

Watch the revised video of Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse in action. 1200HP, 0-100km/h in 2.6 seconds and a top speed of 410km/h are just a few of the car’s vital statistics. However, words alone will never do justice to this automotive masterpiece. This is a car that demands to be seen, a car guaranteed to send shivers down your spine the moment you hear the distinctive roar of its W16 engine.


DIY Bugatti Veyron

Bugatti Veyron configurator

Want to build your own Bugatti Veyron? Well, thanks to the official configurator on the Bugatti website you can. We’ve shown you a few images of our Veyron 16.4 carbon grey/gray green combo here, but really, you should let yourself run wild. You can even make your own Grand Sport or Super Sport if you wish.

And don’t forget to export your specs to a PDF file. You know, just in case.

To help get you in the mood Bugatti has teamed with Jeremy Clarkson to produce a short promo video, which you can see after the break. Have fun now!


Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse

If you checked out our Geneva Motor Show photo galleries you will have noticed Bugatti is still pumping out new versions of its now seven-year-old Veyron platform. This time it’s the Grand Sport Vitesse.

With 1200hp sourced from its 7.9 litre W16 quad-turbocharged engine it proudly carries the label of the world’s most powerful roadster. Think that 1200hp sounds bonkers? Well how’d you like 1500Nm of torque to go with?

In practice those massive numbers translate to the small number of 2.6 seconds, which is the time required to go past 100km/h. Just 10 seconds dead will see off the standing quarter. Bringing big numbers back into frame the Vitesse has an electronically limted top speed of 375km/h. But if you ask the computers nicely and find yourself a closed track, with a very long straight, you can push it to 410km/h.

If reckon the Grand Sport Vitesse is alright then you’ll need to find around AU$2.2m if you want in.

We really like the Jet Grey colour combo featured above, but even if we had a couple of mill to blow we’re not sure we could do it. But if you could, lend us the keys will you!