According to Britain’s TopGear magazine, head of VW Group Walter de Silva has just confirmed that a new Bugatti model on its way, ready to hit the market at the end of 2015 or early 2016. Bugatti engineers are working hard on the new model, which will not be a Veyron replacement.
De Silva says that it will be more than a Veyron replacement, but they are currently investigating all avenues. Few different concepts are developed at the moment and engineers pay a lot of attention in the technology for the new model.
Asked if the new model will be a production version of the Galibier, Dr. Wolfgang Schreiber said that Bugatti will not offer such a model because it will confuse customers.
The Veyron was on top of all super sportscar brand in the world and everyone knows it as the ultimate super sports car. Bugatti also promised that the new car will redefine the benchmarks… again, just like the Veyron did when it was launched back in 2005.
The most powerful version of the Veyron was the Super Sport, which used the well-known 8.0-liter W16 engine that developed 1,200 hp and a maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.
This model had a limited top speed of 415 km/h or 257 mph, in order to protect its tires. For those who don’t know, the Veyron Super Sport had a World Record Edition, a model that managed to achieve a top speed of 431 km/h (267 mph).
With four larger turbochargers with updated intercoolers, the Grand Sport was able to achieve its 199 hp increase. For constant safe force transmission, Bugatti secured each and every drivetrain gear.
Particularly, the gearing of the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) has been modified to suit the latest requirements. In the same manner, Bugatti has also enhanced the air ducting in the drivetrain area. Because of the total decrease of back pressure and bigger turbochargers, fuel economy is better now in spite of performance enhancements. The fuel system was drafted from the Super Sport using a 4-pump tank.
Engineers have modified Vitesse’s chassis to make use of the power on the road precisely and safely. The responsive dampers that have been drafted from motor race are improving the car's control and balance. Hard acceleration because of pitching and body roll is now a thing of the past. Enhanced wheel-load models have been cut down further under steer and permit a full active safety.
Aside from the exemplary lateral acceleration (up to 1.4 g), the accuracy of the tires (on more lightweight 20-inch "Vitesse"-type alloy wheels) mixed with the intelligent all-wheel drive system, ensures excellent handling.
The all-wheel-drive system, the modified ESP and the chassis make a strong team. When accelerating on corners, the Grand Sport Vitesse also provides a more active performance since the ESP that has been revised activates a little later. Indeed, the Bugatti has perfected a brake-cooling system that results to a better engine output.