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Bugatti evaluating a trio of Veyron successors

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:44:00 EST

Bugatti is nearing the very end of its Veyron production run with only around 15 of the supercars reportedly left to be sold of the 450-car total. With so few remaining, the supremely posh automaker is already deep into development discussions of a successor, but it doesn't seem that the company has a final design in mind quite yet.

According to two unnamed insiders speaking to Bloomberg, Bugatti is evaluating at least three concepts for the Veyron's successor. They claim that the new model will be lighter than the current one with an engine capable of producing about 1,500 horsepower. Also, at least one of these prototypes is using an electric motor for additional boost.

These latest leaks lend further substantiation to the circulating rumors about Bugatti's future. One earlier report claimed that the hypercar would use a modified version of the current 8.0-liter quad-turbo W16, possibly with direct injection, electrically powered turbos and an additional electric motor to boost the top speed to around 286 miles per hour. Also, two prototypes (pictured above) were spotted testing at the Nürburgring earlier this year, and one of them wore an odd contraption on its back. Other speculation indicated the new model would reportedly be called the Chiron, a reference to a famous Bugatti racing driver and the name for one of the company's concepts that previewed the Veyron's shape.

According to a Bugatti spokesperson speaking to Bloomberg, official information about the new model will be released sometime next year. Until then, we'll likely see a lot more speculation about the successor to the fastest production car ever made.

By Chris Bruce

See also: Average Bugatti owner has 84 cars, 3 jets, 1 yacht, Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience, Bugatti to replace outgoing Veyron with new Chiron.