Bugatti Veyron tipped for 1500hp farewell fling

Last updated 12:42 24/06/2013
The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport which set the world record for the fastest production car.
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Bugatti is being tipped to give the Veyron a 1500 horsepower farewell fling.

While Bugatti is currently planning a replacement for the Veyron motoring publications Autocar.co.uk and CarBuzz.com have both reported in the past few days about a new extreme version of the road-going rocket that could be launched as early as next year.

Official Bugatti confirmation of such a beast appears scarce with Autocar quoting a company insider as saying it wanted to produce a Veyron that was "a fantasy in terms of its performance".

''We are looking at several options,'' the insider said. "The reality is that we are not under time pressure because we are confident of selling out the full Veyron production run regardless.

''Only after that can we see if there is time and appetite for such a programme. It would be expensive and time-consuming, so we must be sure it is worth it.”

The Veyron's quad-turbo W16 engine currently pushes out 1184 horses but its potential is said to be closer to 1500hp.

That combined with a more extensive use of carbon fibre, which could cut up to 200 kilograms from its kerb weight, could see a 1500hp Veyron with a top speed in the 450kmh range.

The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport currently holds the world record for the fastest production car at 431.072kmh.

Any shot that the 450kmh mark, however, would only be possible if an improvement in tyre technology - to stop them melting at such high speeds - is available.

And the projected cost of such a supercar? A mind boggling NZ$9.9 million.

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