Ever since the record-shattering Bugatti Veyron reached the end of its production, we in the automotive community have been hanging on every word to issue forth from the powers that be at Volkswagen Auto Group, ravenously pursuing every scrap of information to be had regarding the hypercar’s successor: the Bugatti Chiron.
Well, one of these scraps of information has officially been confirmed by Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn: the Bugatti Chiron will indeed be available as a hybrid.
According to Australian website Motoring, Winterkorn told Berlin-based Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag that both hybrid- and gasoline-powered iterations of the forthcoming Bugatti Chiron would be offered. His exact words were: “There will be, next to the petrol model for the first time, a version to improve performance with a hybrid drive,” only, you know, in German.
Both the hybrid and petrol versions of the Bugatti Chiron will utilize some upgraded form of the Veyron’s 1,000 HP 8.0-liter W16 with four turbochargers, while the top-spec hybrid version will offer an unknown number of electric drive motors, boosting output to a targeted 1,500 HP. Motoring speculates that top speed should be raised by about 20 km/h (12 mph) over the world record-holding Veyron Super Sport as a result, meaning an unholy rate of 450 km/h (280 mph) ought to be attainable.
If anything, we actually feel that might be conservative.
The Bugatti Chiron is expected to break cover by 2018, with a two-seater carbon fiber monocoque like the Veyron before it.