The nine-year old Bugatti Veyron can hit 268mph, but that’s clearly not enough for the French firm as their replacement to the iconic hypercar has an astonishing theoretical top speed of 286mph.
Computer simulations have been used to predict the top speed, according to Bugatti insiders who spoke to Autocar magazine, as well as a 0-62mph time of just 2.3 seconds.
Using a hybrid powertrain based on the existing 8.0-litre W16 engine, power output will be around 1,500bhp, more than three times the power of a Jaguar F-Type V8 S. The power will be delivered to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and multi-plate-clutch four-wheel drive system, all wrapped up in a carbon-fibre monocoque.
All that performance doesn’t mean there’ll be any chance of turning the Veyron in to a stripped out sportscar though, as the interior will still see the very finest materials, the highest levels of workmanship and cutting edge technology.
There’s just one issue, and that is the speed itself. The existing Veyron’s maximum of 268mph is difficult to prove thanks to the limitations of the custom-made road tyres, and Autocar believes that the theoretical maximum speed might not be achievable at all with existing tyre technology.
“Even though aerodynamic drag increases at the square of speed, if you up the power enough, it’s entirely feasible that Bugatti could find another 18mph for the taking in the Veyron’s successor,” explained Matt Prior, Autocar’s road test editor. “But we’re well into the realms of academia now. Making a road car that can do 286mph is one thing; making a road car do it on road tyres is rather more difficult.”
Of the original 450 planned Veyron, just 15 remain unsold. The replacement model is expected to have its supply equally limited.