A 1,500 hp Bugatti hybrid may come soon

You probably know about Bugatti and its amazingly fast Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which boasts 1,200 ponies under the hood. Well, get this: In a move to become more environmentally friendly just like the rest of the auto industry, the Volkswagen-owned French automaker has reportedly developed a hybrid version that produces 1,500 horsepower and could start selling it as early as this year, according to sources that spoke to Reuters.

Similar to the outgoing Veyron, the new 2-door model will house a 16-cylinder engine and will probably be limited to about 450 units.

“Moving to hybrid propulsion seems like a logical next step for supercar makers,” Stefan Bratzel, head of the Centre of Automotive Management near Cologne, was quoted as saying. “By curbing emissions and boosting performance, they can justify building more of these cars.”

Competitors like the McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder already use a hybrid system to improve performance and fuel economy.

The same sources claim the new Bugatti hybrid could very well eclipse the speed record of 431 km/h set by the Veyron Super Sport… before it was broken by the Hennessey Venom GT last February.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if Bugatti regained its title of world’s fastest production car with a hybrid?

Source : uk.reuters.com

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