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New Bugatti Veyron development confirmed, 0-100km/h in 1.8 seconds

November 18, 2012

It has been confirmed, Bugatti is developing an all-new almighty Bugatti Veyron. The new model will be even faster and a whole heap more powerful than the current model, with 0-100km/h set to come up in around 1.8 seconds.

If you know your cars, you’ll know that anything under 4.0 seconds is seriously quick. The quickest car you can buy in Australia at the moment is the Nissan GT-R. It does it in 2.8 seconds (until the 2013 model is launched next year, which covers it in 2.7 seconds).

The quickest production car in the world though is considered to be the current Veyron Super Sport. It does it in just 2.5 seconds with its 883kW (1200PS) 8.0-litre W16 quad-turbo engine.

According to a recent Auto Express report in the UK, the next-gen model will come with a tweaked version of the same engine, potentially displacing 9.6 litres. Power is set to be around the 1194kW (1600hp) mark.

Speaking about the next-gen model, chief engineer Jens Schulenburg told the publication that engineers are currently aiming to reduce the car’s weight. Schulenburg said,

“We are working on the next super-sports car. The big challenge will be reducing weight – we are looking at some incredible technologies, such as wheels made entirely from carbon fibre. We’re considering hybrids, too.”

In its current and most powerful form, the Super Sport is already a stripped back version of the Veyron, wearing a full carbon fibre body. It weighs in at 1838kg (down from 1888kg). Bugatti is looking to shave up to 250kg from that figure.

With a lighter overall weight, and that colossal power rating, the new model is highly likely to reset the record books when it arrives in late-2013/early-2014. The current Sport Super holds the record for being the world’s fastest production car with an average top speed of 431km/h. The new model is tipped to hit 467km/h.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.