MOLSHEIM, France — In a 35-second YouTube video released on Thursday and simply titled #imaginEBugatti, Volkswagen's supercar brand teased the long-awaited successor to the Bugatti Veyron while revealing few details, other than the sound of a powerful engine being revved.
Nevertheless, a few hints are beginning to emerge from European media sources about the so-called 2017 Bugatti Chiron, which is expected to be the fastest, most powerful hybrid in the world.
At the beginning of the video, a narrator intones: "In the endless hunt for speed, the horizon beckons."
As the sun sets on the Veyron, Bugatti has established new benchmarks for its successor, for both speed and power.
Sources say the new Chiron — named for prewar Bugatti driver Louis Chiron — is being designed to deliver up to 1,500 horsepower from a revised, quad-turbocharged 8.0-liter W16 engine and as many as four electric motors.
With power delivered to all four wheels, the Chiron aims to exceed the Veyron's record top speed of 268 mph by 20 mph, with 0-60 acceleration in 2 seconds flat.
The newcomer could be publicly unveiled as early as next month at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show. Look for a retail price tag of at least $2.5 million when the Chiron finally hits the street next year.
Edmunds says: In case you were wondering, the emphasis in the video's title on the initials EB is a reference to the company's founder, the late Ettore Bugatti.