If you had told us when the Bugatti Veyron debuted nine years ago that its successor would be a hybrid, we would have responded that you were out to lunch. In fact, we didn't quite believe it two years ago when the rumor first surfaced. But that was all before Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari proved that hybrids could not only be quick, but entertaining drives, as well. And when we say "quick," we mean Nürburgring-conqueringly, 0-60 in under three seconds quick. Today, the idea of a hybrid hypercar doesn't seem far-fetched at all. And so we bring you new reports that the next Veyron – whether it carries the same name or not – will pack an electric assist.

This according to Reuters, which notes that Bugatti's old-is-new-again CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer is keen on hybrid propulsion as evidence that the Alsatian marque is likely to pursue such a powertrain for the Veyron's replacement. The system wouldn't help curb the Veyron's portly weight, of course, but it would likely help cut down its prodigious fuel consumption. The current car, by the way, would run dry after 12 minutes at its 250+ mph top speed (by which point the special Michelin tires would have melted anyway). More importantly – and more likely – the hybrid assist will make the new car even punchier at low revs.

Of course, even assuming Reuters is correct, there's no telling to what internal-combustion engine the electric motor in the next Veyron will be paired with. However, considering the massive sums of cash Volkswagen spent on developing the unique 6.0-liter quad-turbo W-16, we'd bet it'll use some form of the same – just with an extra jolt of electric power thrown in for good measure.

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      • 5 Months Ago
      It's 8.0-liters not 6.0.
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Veyron doesn't need any more weight. Screw hybrid bullsh!+, just build a fast car.
        • 5 Months Ago
        You mean lightweight car. 2000lbs 2000 horsepower. 187mph max. That would impress me.
      • 5 Months Ago
      Hybrids are the future for fast cars. EV for small cars. BWM i3 and i8 are both second generation carbon fiber. It gives you: *low weight *high range *massive torque because of small battery, massive power because of energy density of a gas engine
      • 5 Months Ago
      Okay who cares if it consumes less/more, no one is ever going to drive the car that fast except for the world record test. If it's not going to save weight just stay with the combustion engine
      • 5 Months Ago
      Been waiting for something from Bugatti. I would love to see a retro Type 57 come back. See what they can do with a front-mid engine rear drive layout.
      • 5 Months Ago
      I would love to see a road version of the turbo charger/ generator / electric motor combination setup like F1 cars use. Just hybrid enough to keep that w16 at proper boost
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Veyron successor will simply be a heavily moded XL1.
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