Bugatti V16 engine details emerge and it’s a monster

It's longer than the W16, but there's a reason
  • The upcoming Bugatti Chiron successor is powered by a V16
  • The V16 engine is longer than the W16 it replaces, and it’s paired to three electric units
  • The top speed is estimated at 270+ mph

Published on May 10, 2024 at 4:37PM (UTC+4)

Last updated on May 12, 2024 at 11:56AM (UTC+4)

Edited by Kate Bain

The long-awaited Bugatti V16 Chiron successor is about to unveiled.

We know it will have a 16-cylinder engine, and we now know a bit more about what this engine actually looks like.

And we also learned a bit more about its technical abilities.

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The car world had a bit of a collective ‘what now’ moment when Rimac acquired Bugatti, thus forming a new automaker, Bugatti-Rimac.

This was because Rimac is famous for making electric powertrains and hypercars, such as the record-breaking Nevera.

But the collective panic attack was short-lived because not long after the acquisition had been finalized, Mate Rimac himself, founder and now CEO of the company, said he had no plan to kill the combustion engine.

Then, a few weeks ago, Bugatti confirmed the new upcoming Chiron successor would have a V16.

And a few days later, Mate Rimac teased the new car with an Instagram reel.

We still don’t know what the car looks like, although there are a few spy shots that give us an idea.

And crucially, the spy shots also revealed a longer-than-expected rear section, which now makes sense because the Bugatti V16 is longer than the W16 it replaces.

The new engine will be 39.3 inches long (99.8cm), making it 16 inches (40cm) longer than the W16.

This is designed to make it more streamlined and slim, making room for the three electric motors that will work in-tandem with the V16, for a combined power output estimated at around 1,800 horsepower.

The top speed will be reportedly limited electronically to ‘just’ 270+ mph, or 434 km/h.

Presumably, 280 mph would’ve been considered too fast, right?

Levity aside, the new Chiron successor, which doesn’t have a name yet, will be a plug-in hybrid with jaw-dropping performance and at least 30 miles of range in EV mode.

Production will almost certainly be capped, with a few hundred units at the most.

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