Fast. Powerful. Opulent. There are any number of descriptors one could use to describe the Bugatti Veyron. But along with them is "heavy" – including heavy on fuel consumption. That's just the way it goes when you're dealing with a sixteen-cylinder, quad-turbo beast of a supercar. But that could change, if the latest output from the rumormill proves accurate.

According to a report from Auto Express, Bugatti is keen to improve its image in the eyes of a tree-hugging world, so it is looking at ways to make the successor to the Veyron more fuel efficient. One way would be to make the car lighter, something that shouldn't be all that difficult considering that the current model weighs in at over 4,000 pounds. One such method of trimming the fat reportedly revolves around carbon-fiber wheels, something that's been done before but far from widely adopted.

At the other end of the spectrum, Bugatti is also reportedly evaluating the prospect of hybrid propulsion – something that would not reduce weight but could help fuel consumption figures while keeping the power up. If the Molsheim automaker were to go that route, we'd expect something closer to what Ferrari is working on for the Enzo successor than an upmarket Toyota Prius.

AE also predicts that the next-generation Veyron will carry on the name rather than switch to another nameplate. One way or another, it will likely join the upcoming Galibier sedan a few years down the line, thereby expanding the marque's range from one model line to two.


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      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but tree huggers are never going to like Bugatti. At least the intelligent ones will realize that a hundred Veyeons driving MAYBE 1000km a year is nothing compare to the emissions of a half billion commuter cars racking up the miles every day. Focus on the real problems.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        I don't think they are suggesting it is a problem, I think they are looking for a new way to push the technology. The Veyron is not meant to make money. It is supposed to go very very fast and be a techno-marvel. I think they also see that the Ferrari F70 is likely to spank it in just about every category except possibly terminal speed. Ferrari is getting there with low weight and electric assist.
          suthrn2nr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Drakkon
          I can't wait to see what the F70 and NSX can do, I'm excited after seeing how the Panamera Hybrid performed against its competitors.
      BranMM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want to save weight? Don't put in a sixteen cylinder quad turbo engine in it. Add to that the ten radiators needed for cooling and you can cut the weight in half. But seriously, I think the Veyron is an engineering marvel. But British Airways didn't build a successor to the Concorde did they? No. Make the successor completely different and let the Veyron have its place in history and move on.
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BranMM
        British Airways did not build the Concord, they bought them. With a subsidy from the government.
      chest rockwell
      • 2 Years Ago
      If Bugatti wanted to drop some serious pounds from the Veyron, it could in a second! Instead of going the route of the bare-bones Enzo, the Veyron has stayed true to being luxurious.
        k_m94
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        Exactly. Bugatti is definitely a luxury brand, the Veyron a hyper GT machine/technological tour de force as opposed to a stripped out sportscar with a big engine.
          suthrn2nr
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k_m94
          which is exactly why they are interested in power technology that increases MPG rather than saving weight. Ferrari can built a stripper, Bugatti can't because of its image. Hybrid isn't just for fuel savings, its a way to augment ICE engines, just like Turbo, Supercharger, nitrous, even Variable Valve Timing.
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm no engineer but what about cylinder deactivation? Just eight cylinders for going around town? Might not be much but should help some in the MPG department.
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a cold day in hell
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lighter materials > Hybrid powertrains
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think this hideous monster should only be used for deep sea exploration, so we all don't have to look at it.
        Al Terego
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        You must have a gun to your head forcing you to look at this car. Why else would you click on this article, right? I didn't think this car was much to look at and then I saw one when the Gumball 3000 past through my part of town. Suffice to say, pictures cannot capture the awesomeness of this car. It really is a work of art on wheels.
      k_m94
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hmm, put in a 1200hp W16 SuperSport engine, paired with 800hp electric assist (and 2000lb of batteries), add some reinforced panels, a turret, and make the next Veyron a 2000hp, 7000lb, 300mph super tank.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome, I bet it would be epic and helpful to the alternative energy innovation.
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