Bugatti looks to the future with a V16 non-turbo engine for next gen hypercars

When it comes to iconic engines the Bugatti W16 quad-turbo 1000++ HP powertrain is certainly up there. However, the times have changed and due to the general age of the W16, it has been retired and will only live on in the last few current model Bugatti’s.

The Bugatti V16

Fear not speed demons because the replacement engine has been confirmed by the brand to be a V16 engine. It was announced by Bugatti-Rimac CEO Mate Rimac during a summit in London called Future of the Car.

He said that the iconic quad-turbo propulsion would be ditched in favor of good old natural aspiration. With this, the brand is diverging away from the formula it’s used for the past 3 hypercars (the EB110, Veyron, and Chiron). Mate Rimac went on to say that the V16 will be a massive engine measuring 39.3 inches long, making it longer by 16 inches compared to the outgoing W16. Lastly, the engine will have hybrid technology to help it along.

So far those are the only details confirmed by the brand, no specific figures have been revealed. There are however some speculations already being thrown out, German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport says that it will be an 8.3-liter V16 that revs up to 9,000 rpm and might have peak power capabilities of 1,800 HP thanks to the V16 and 3 electric motors.

Those are bold claims and bolder figures, we won’t know until the car is revealed to the public, but Bugatti has a penchant for pushing the automotive envelope meaning those claims could hold truth.

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo's first word was probably "Car", and this has developed into a personal passion that has consumed his professional life as well.

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