Next generation Bugatti Veyron could be a hybrid image

Super carmaker Bugatti is already working on a new Veyron that, according to Autoexpress could be a hybrid.

It will also be lighter, faster and is likely to bear the Veyron badge again.

“We are working on the next super-sports car,” Bugatti’s chief vehicle engineer, Jens Schulenburg, told Autoexpress.

“The big challenge on the next car will be reducing weight – we are looking at some incredible technologies, such as wheels made entirely from carbon fibre. Hybrids are definitely something we’re looking at, too,” Schulenburg said.

The next Bugatti is still expected to be the 1,000bhp-plus four-door Galibier, which appeared as a concept in 2009 and could go on sale in 2014 – to coincide with the end of the current Veyron’s production run.

Bugatti sold just five units of the Veyron during its initial 2005 production year, but sales climbed as high as 81 units in 2007. Bugatti had sold a grand total of 291 Veyrons at the end of 2010, with the final 9 examples spoken for during the first six months of 2011.

If you need a refresher, the Veyron is powered by an 8.0 litre W16 engine, blessed with not one, not two, but four turbochargers. Power is rated at 736kW in its regular trim, and 883kW in the Super Sport version.