The Next Bugatti Will Have a Hybrid V-16


Pardon the prewar pun, but the storied French-German automaker Bugatti just dropped a doozy of a teaser video for its next vehicle, due in June. The star of the 25-second clip is a sixteen-cylinder engine with an achingly beautiful carbon-fiber intake manifold and an exhaust note that will haunt your soul. But unlike the Chiron and the trend-setting Veyron before it, this yet-to-be-named Bugatti forgoes the “W” engine configuration in favor of a traditional “V.”

That sound is sensational, but look a little closer and this V-16 clearly sports four individual throttle bodies. They suggest that this future Bugatti is an apple that doesn’t fall far from the tree, as the engine could should have four turbochargers to feed that intake, like the quad-turbo Veyron. However, what’s really impressive is Bugatti’s hint that this engine will be mated to a hybrid powertrain.

Odds are this electrified setup will be similar to the party tricks found in the Ferrari SF-90, ensuring the next Bugatti can slow-roll on any street in the EU and the UK. But the similarities are likely to end there, as any Bugatti, even a hybrid one, is designed with the most amount of power and performance possible from an OEM.

While the new, V-shaped engine marks a delineation from VW Group’s past insistence on “W” cylinder configurations, the passion present in that video makes it clear the new Bugatti-Rimac joint venture is paying homage to the Veyron and Chiron, icons that made the brand relevant for the 21st century. Bugatti dates back over 100 years, and it’s clear this V-16 hybrid powerplant is the start of something special.


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    Sounds pointless.

    If you are doing a 16 cylinder just do it and don’t pretend you are saving the environment.

    Are you sure it is not a W16 since that is what they are known to use?

    It says V16 on the intake manifold, so I am assuming that…

    Not pretending to do anything, regulations in the EU pretty much make the hybrid powertrain mandatory for supercars like this.

    In the contest of mine is bigger than yours Bugatti has it locked in. Hybrid? Now we can pretend to be green or will it be just for extra grunt.?

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