Bugatti has taken to Facebook to tease its next new car. Although the preview photo reveals almost nothing about the new model, it likely previews the long-rumored Bugatti SuperVeyron.
The Bugatti teaser image simply shows hangar doors slightly opened, with sunlight beaming through the gap. The accompanying text promises that the company will reveal "the latest example of exceptional Bugatti performance" within the next few days.
The car in question is most likely the Bugatti SuperVeyron. Rumored to make its public debut this fall at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the car would have a revamped 8.0- or 9.6-liter W-16 engine with as much as 1600 hp. Our sources suggest that would be enough for a top speed of 288 mph and a 1.8-second 0-to-60-mph sprint. That bests the claimed performance figures of the current 1200-hp Veyron Super Sport (pictured below), which manages 258 mph and a 2.5-second sprint to 62 mph.
In addition to the power boost, the Bugatti SuperVeyron would reportedly drop about 550 pounds compared to today's Veyron Super Sport. Though the overall design would be similar, improved aerodynamics help the top speed. The front and rear of the car would also be unique to the SuperVeyron. The car would cost at least $2.5 million, our sources say.
The purpose of such a vehicle is to keep Bugatti at the top of the hypercar heap. The higher-performance SuperVeyron would be able to outpace the likes of the McLaren P1 and Ferrari LaFerrari, making the Bugatti SuperVeyron the benchmark in ultra-powerful, ultra-expensive road cars.
Regaining some performance credentials is even more important now that Bugatti has been stripped of a Guinness World Record. The Veyron Super Sport recently lost its standing as the world's fastest production car, because an investigation of the record-setting run in 2010 revealed the test car had been modified.
"As the car's speed limiter was deactivated, this modification was against the official guidelines. Consequently, the vehicle's record set at 431.072 km/h is no longer valid," a Guinness official told The Sunday Times. The car is usually limited to the aforementioned 258 mph but managed 267.8 mph in the world-record run.