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Bugatti’s next hypercar will have a V16 engine: listen to it now

The W16 is dead. Long live the V16!

Published: 29 Feb 2024

Stop what you’re doing folks and watch the video at the bottom of this news story immediately. Bugatti has announced that its next hypercar will feature a V16 engine, and by clicking play on the 25-second video you can hear it bang through the gears while looking at some lovely carbon fibre. We may have watched it more than once.

Yep, clearly nobody told Bugatti the rest of the car industry was downsizing, because it has decided to replace its monstrous 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 engine with another set of 16 cylinders. Only this time they’re set in a V formation. 

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“With each generation of its hyper sports car, Bugatti has shifted the benchmark of design, engineering, performance and craftsmanship to new heights,” says erm… Bugatti.

“And this year, eight years to the day since the Chiron was revealed, Bugatti shows the world the first page of the newest chapter in its rich history.

“In June, the modern-day lineage of Bugatti – first established with the Veyron 16.4 – will welcome its latest evolution; a new automotive pinnacle with a V16 hybrid powertrain at its heart.”

Of course, we already knew that boss Mate Rimac was planning a hybrid setup for the next Bugatti hypercar. We also knew he wanted to keep his eponymous sister company Rimac all-electric though, so we didn’t expect a new V16 engine to be developed from scratch just for Bugatti.

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Can it be June already? We just want to see (and hear) the full thing now…

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