Because obviously 1,500 horsepower is not enough
"The ultimate, quintessential super sports car," as it’s being described by Bugatti, has a mind-blowing 1,500 horsepower coming from its quad-turbo W16 8.0-litre engine. Ninety-five percent different than the Veyron’s engine, the revamped unit might benefit from a hybrid component sometime in the future, according to company boss Wolfgang Dürheimer.
While at first some would be tempted to say Bugatti wants to take the hybrid route to boost the Chiron’s fuel economy, that won’t be the case. Instead, a hybridized W16 is only being considered as a method to further increase the hypercar’s already impressive output.
Dürheimer went on to specify Bugatti is analyzing the prospects of coming out with a hybrid Chiron, but it will be tricky to implement electric motor(s) due to packaging restrictions. There’s also the matter of weight, with the regular model already being a heavyweight player at 1,995 kilograms (4,400 pounds).
Even if green-lighted for production, the hybridized Chiron will not be launched in the near future seeing as how deliveries of the standard model haven’t even kicked off yet. In addition, there’s no rush, taking into consideration the regular version is turning out to be quite a hit, with more than 200 pre-orders already registered, out of a total of 500 cars planned for production. It’s certainly a massive improvement compared to the Veyron, which was available for no less than 10 years, during which multiple special editions and lots of one-offs had to be launched to exhaust the 450 units scheduled to be assembled at the factory in Molsheim, France.
While the Veyron Super Sport came with a jump in output from 1,001 hp to 1,200 hp the old fashioned way, perhaps a hypothetical Chiron Super Sport will get a bump in power with aid from electric motors. Only time will tell.