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Zero to 62 mph in 1.8 seconds? Bugatti says 290 mph Veyron is in the works

Even though the Bugatti Veyron is now seven years old, it is a truly awe-inspiring piece of machinery. The engine is unlike anything else in the world, and it makes achieving record-setting speeds look easy. But you’ve no doubt seen thousands of pictures of different variations and one-off editions of the car by now, and you might even think that Bugatti has taken the car as far as it’s going to go. Well, apparently they have, at least in its current form. So Bugatti is now working on a second generation of the car which will feature a lighter and more aerodynamic body as well as a more powerful engine.

As Auto Express reports, the engine for this new Veyron will once again be a quad-turbo W16, but the new version might bump displacement from 8.0 liters to 9.6 liters. Armed with this increased displacement, power will rise to 1,600 horsepower. This will allow for a 0-62mph time of 1.8 seconds and a top speed of 290mph. Those are fairly insane numbers, but Bugatti wants to be number one, and you don’t stay in that position long if you don’t keep working on something even better than what you did before.

The body will still be recognizable as a Veyron, but the design will be evolved to be more aerodynamic. Bugatti also says that they will have cut an impressive 250kg (550lbs) from the car’s curb weight by the time it debuts. Helping to trim this weight there will theoretically be such features as wheels made entirely from carbon fiber. There might also be some help from a hybrid system in getting the car’s output up to the desired 1,600 horsepower. Amazingly, this is said to be not too far off either, with the debut planned to take place at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September of 2013. That seems awfully soon, especially considering how long Bugatti have been dragging their feet on the Galibier super sedan. Just the same, we simply can’t wait to see what Bugatti brings to Frankfurt come next year.