• May 18th 2010 at 7:26PM
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Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

A car as powerful as the Bugatti Veyron can do a great many things. Crest the 400 km/h mark. Burn through fuel and rubber faster than a jumbo jet on take-off with the parking brake engaged. But how about stop time? Maybe if you lay down all that twist in the opposite direction off the earth's rotation. Or bring back a rumor that first reared its head some four years ago.

We're talking about the long-rumored 1,200-horsepower "super Veyron." Its arrival has been anticipated for years, and now accounts from Germany are bringing it back to life. According to the reports, Professor Ferdinand Piëch – the former Volkswagen chairman, Porsche heir and father of the Veyron – recently delivered a lecture at the Vienna University of Technology, wherein he briefly alluded to the emergence of the 1,200-hp Veyron, but revealed no further details.

That the quad-turbocharged, sixteen-cylinder Bugatti engine is capable of more than its stated output of 987 horsepower is no secret. And if such a car is in the works, surely Piëch would be among the few in the world who'd know about it, even if he's not sitting in the big seat these days. With the existing Veyron's production run winding to a close, if there were ever a time to make it happen, surely that time is approaching at Veyron-esque velocity.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      The 987hp of the standard Veyron is more than enough, what they need to do is make it lose some weight, not add more horsepower.
      A Veyron weighs 4,470 lb!!!
      Imagine how much better this car would perform if it was 800 lb lighter.

        • 5 Years Ago
        better? i'm sorry to sound crass but why? what production street car is ever going to match that naught to sixty? or top speed? Most of this cars weight has to do with cooling the engine and making it daily drivable. Sacrifice those two things and I doubt you'll be seeing huge performance gains, especially as some of the trump cards of the veyron are limited to current tire technology.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you've completely missed the point of the car. "how much better it would perform"? I think it performs quite well for what it was designed for. It's not built to be a supercar per se, at least not in the same vein as a Lambo or Ferrari. Think of something more like a Bentley or Rolls. Checked the weight on one of those lately?

        It's a grand touring car, just one that happens to have 1000hp, do 0-60 under 3sec and top 400km/h. It's not made to set records on the 'Ring, or do battle with Vettes on track days. That said, it holds its own on the track, primarily due to the high power though.

        Sure it's heavy, but it wasn't exactly built to be light. It was built to meet a certain set of goals and it does that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Veyron actually makes 3,000hp.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm aware of this statistic too, saw the same show actually, but what I would like to know is how other cars compare to this? It's well known that engines lose a lot of energy in the combustion process. Of course the veyron is going to have a high number considering how much combustion is taking place in that large engine and that it has 4 turbo chargers, but are they inflating the numbers for bragging rights? Or can other auto manufacturers NOT claim that their engine is making 2 or 3 times advertised output, but it is lost to heat...
        • 5 Years Ago
        it makes 3000KW (3 mega Watt) of power, just read the website.
        bugatti configurator dot com
        but around 2000KW is lost due heat.

        • 5 Years Ago
        National Geographic Channel
        • 5 Years Ago
        No lie. Most of the HP if I remember right is lost thru the drivetrain and some other stuff.

        It was a hour long show all about how the Veyron is made....very cool. I believe it was on discovery channel.



        Did you guys know that the veyron use the same materials used in a air plane? Awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      man that main pic is gaaaaaahrgeous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it really possible to make the chasis any lighter without it disinegrating?

      There can be plenty of weight savings on this car if they make it an all-out performance machine and not an overall technical achievment; hell the freaking cooling fluids weigh 400 lbs...
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Burn through fuel and rubber faster than a jumbo jet on take-off with the parking brake engaged."

      Well, if the parking brake was engaged, or the main wheel brakes applied, the jet wouldn't go anywhere - so no rubber would be burned.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Considering that jets(or any airplane really) don't out their power down through the wheels, it seems that no rubber would be burned regardless of the parking brakes being on or not.

        Consider the dead horse officially beaten.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The writer said that it burns more rubber than a 747 at take-off thrust with the brakes on. But of course, any plane with its brakes on will not move at full thrust so no rubber is burnt. Same thing with cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm well aware of that, but the story specifically mentioned a jet on take-off so the landing and brakes had nothing to do with it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...you're missing the sarcasm in his comment: He's only trying to say that the car burns through rubber and fuel at insane rates.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not so. When the plane is moving and the brakes are applied, as on landing, or an aborted take-off, they burn rubber like crazy. In fact, airliners change their tires every so many landings.

        Again, the point is that writers should get their similes and/or metaphors correct when they write professionally.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know that. But that is not sarcasm. Nor is it a clever analogy, since rubber can not be burned at all with the brakes on from start. The plane would go nowhere.

        The point is that expressions should make sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So with the massive air resistance, will 200 extra hp only increase the top speed like 10 mph?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, you'd be surprised at how intense the forces of resistance are at those speeds. Even 10 mph higher than its current top speed is unlikely to happen. Also, this would require new extreme performance rubber for the wheels, as well as possibly recalibrating/re-engineering other parts for reliable performance at such high forces.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe now it can hit 253mph with the rear wing up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think ol Piech doesn't like some lowly American (SSC Ultimate Aero) pissing in his front yard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How big is the tank? I'd hate to have to fill that mother up every 40 miles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's a reason it can crest 400km/h... that's the slowest speed an airborne fuel tanker can dock at.
        • 5 Years Ago
        100 liter tank last time I checked Adrian
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm yes, we'll take this engine and put it in a smaller, lighter car...lower to the ground. Add bigger tires, add some wings to make enough down-force so that it doesn't fall apart.

      Wait...isn't that just an F1 Car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      DO IT
      • 5 Years Ago
      Boring.


        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree- very boring. It may be fast, and it may be powerful, but God, it can't outrun the ugly. The car is nothing to look at, and the interior is just as bad. I don't care how fast or powerful it is, if it doesn't look half as good as it runs, then it's of any interest to me.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yep. Must be boring watching the Veyron's taillights disappear from your view in a split second...
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