Bugatti Chiron Successor To Get Naturally Aspirated V16 Engine and a Hybrid System

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Bugatti is bidding farewell to its iconic W-16 engine, but ushering in a new era for the successor to the Chiron, which will mark a return of 16 cylinders, but no turbos this time. In a slight departure from its predecessors, the upcoming hypercar will get a naturally aspirated V16 engine coupled with a hybrid system. Such a change is a shift from Bugatti’s previous reliance on turbocharging, which was a signature feature of models like the Chiron, Veyron, and even the EB110.

During the Future of the Car Summit conference in London, Mate Rimac, the CEO of Bugatti-Rimac, shed light on some preliminary details about the forthcoming V-16 powertrain. The engine, set to debut in June, will measure a striking 39.3 inches in length, making it nearly 16 inches longer than the outgoing W-16. Rimac also confirmed that the new engine will incorporate hybrid technology, adding to its allure.

Reports suggest that the V-16 engine, developed in collaboration with Cosworth, will feature an immense 8.3-liter displacement and a remarkable ability to rev up to 9,000 rpm. Paired with three electric motors, the powertrain’s combined output could soar to a staggering 1,800 horsepower, with the combustion engine alone boasting around 1,000 hp. The electric motors are anticipated to drive the front wheels, while one will power the rear axle, integrated into an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Performance projections for the Bugatti Chiron replacement are equally impressive, with estimates indicating a blistering acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in approximately two seconds and 0 to 124 mph in under five seconds. Moreover, it’s anticipated to reach 186 mph in less than ten seconds and 249 mph in under 25 seconds. However, top speed will be electronically limited to 277 mph. Production is slated to be limited to just 250 units, with deliveries expected to commence in 2026. The price tag is set to start at a substantial €3.6 million, equivalent to around $3.86 million.

Sources: Motor1 via AutoMotor


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