Bugatti has about 1,500 horsepower emanating from its 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W-16 engine, the Bugatti Chiron isn’t what you’d call slow. The French hypercar can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.4-seconds and is electronically limited to 261 mph. Those are certainly eye-popping numbers, but they just might pale in comparison to a future version of the Chiron.
Automobilemag revealed that, Stephan Winkelmann has spent the bulk of his career expanding the portfolio of low volume automakers with high-dollar, high-performance models, first at Lamborghini and now at Bugatti. As the president of Bugatti since January of 2018, Winkelmann has presided over the launch of two über exclusive variants of the Chiron—the Divo and the one – of La vioture Niore—a strategy that he used with great success at Lamborghini. But with only one vehicle line at present, Winkelmann knows that to move Bugatti beyond just a vanity project for the Volkswagen Group, he needs to expand. While it remains to be seen if that will happen, in the meantime, expect more souped up, chop-topped, and otherwise modified Chirons in the near future.
Achieving 310 mph would also require more power than the standard Chiron, which has an eight-liter 16-cylinder quad-turbo engine delivering 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft of torque. Will this require electric assistance? “Eventually, yes,” Winkelmann admitted. “Right now, no. It takes smaller, lighter, and more potent energy cells to make such an upgrade work.” If Bugatti does attempt another speed run, it will face some stiff competition. Hennessey is adamant the Venom F5 will break the 300-mph barrier, and Koenigsegg is already working on a 300-mph version of the Jesko.
However, a 310-mph version of the Chiron would certainly be enough to topple the Swede speed king. That in itself might be enough motivation for Bugatti to build it.