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The Bugatti Veyron is no less than an engineering brilliance, and creation of this brilliant car started with a desire to create history and break all records out there for anything on four wheels. The desire of none other than its German owner, Ferdinand Piëch, Chairman of the Volkswagen Groups who took over the company in 1998. What began with this unrealistic decision created the absolute automotive excellence that we know as Bugatti Veyron.
Powered by an enormous 8.0-litre engine with 16-cylinders uncommonly placed in a W contour, the beast’s basic version itself churns a massive 1000.7 PS and 1250 Nm of torque, while the Super Sport iteration has an output of 1200 PS and a torque of 1500 Nm. The Super Sport took the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest production road legal car at an acclaimed 431 km/h (268 mph), which is nearly twice the speed used by a commercial jetliner to take-off.
The car which was meant to be built in limited numbers, took nearly 10 years to reach the last 450th model. Over the years Bugatti launched several variants of its Veyron hypercar, like the Super Sport, the Grand Sport, the Grand Sport Vitesse and more. The Veyron Grand Sport and Grand Sport Vitesse are the later variants of the original Veyron and the Super Sport, respectively. Both of these cars are open-top touring cars, and the Grand Sport Vitesse comes with the same 1200 PS engine and improved dynamic package of the Super Sport. The Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is the world’s fastest convertible and can hit a whopping 408 km/h and get to the tonne mark in under 2.6 seconds.
With the news of Veyron’s end comes the anticipation of its successor’s birth. But as every work of art takes its own sweet time to be created, the Veyron successor too will take a while to be launched. At least that is what the president and CEO of Bugatti, Wolfgang Dürheimer feels.
Though the makers have not yet disclosed much in detail, but the next-gen car will likely be called the Chiron. This successor of Bugatti Veyron is expected to be lighter and may come with an engine that delivers an incredible 1500 PS, a 25 % stronger than the Veyron's top 1200 PS 8.0-liter W-16 beast. Experts also feel that the successor, Bugatti Chiron is likely to be a hybrid hyper car like the recently launched Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918.