First-Ever Hybrid Bugatti Tourbillon Revealed: Chiron’s Successor Is Here!

Bugatti unveils its next hypercar, the Tourbillon. Following the success of the Chiron in 2016, the Tourbillon boasts a powerful hybrid engine, marking Bugatti’s first foray into electrification. Limited to just 250 units, the Tourbillon will be a thrilling collector’s item, perfect for the exotic world of cars in the UAE.

Hybrid Powertrain

The heart of the Bugatti Tourbillon is a fascinating powertrain that blends the thunderous heritage of a Bugatti W16 engine with the efficiency and performance boost of electric motors. Here’s a detailed breakdown:

Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)

  • Configuration: The centrepiece is a massive 8.3-litre quad-turbocharged V16 engine. This naturally aspirated beast retains the brand’s focus on pure power.
  • Power Output: On its own, the V16 generates a staggering 1,000hp, making it one of the most powerful naturally aspirated production car engines ever built.
  • High Revving: The engine redlines at a remarkable 9,500 rpm, indicating its focus on delivering power at high speeds.
  • Lightweight Construction: Despite its size, Bugatti engineers employed lightweight materials like titanium and magnesium to keep the weight down to a surprising 252kg.
  • Cosworth Collaboration: Development of this high-performance engine is rumoured to have involved Cosworth, a renowned motorsport engineering company.
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Electric Motors

  • Number & Placement: The V16 engine is complemented by three electric motors – two mounted on the front axle and one at the rear – provided by Rimac, Bugatti’s sister concern known for its electric hypercars.
  • Power Contribution: These electric motors collectively produce an additional 800hp, bringing the Tourbillon’s total output to a mind-blowing 1,800hp.
  • Instant Torque: Electric motors deliver instant torque, providing exceptional launch acceleration and improved handling through better weight distribution with the motors on both axles.
  • Electric-only Range: The Tourbillon boasts an estimated electric-only range of 60km, allowing for silent and emission-free cruising in urban environments.

Number & Performance At Glance

  • Engine: 8.3-litre V16 NA 
  • Gearbox: 8-speed DCT
  • Electric Motors: 3 x 250kW
  • Battery: 24.8kWh
  • Max Power: 1,800hp
  • Peak Torque: 900Nm
  • 0 to 100kmph: 2 seconds
  • 0 to 200kmph: <5 seconds
  • 0 to 300kmph: <10 seconds
  • 0 to 400kmph: <25 seconds
  • Top Speed: 380kmph (Restricted)
  • Top Speed: 445kmph (De-Restricted)
  • Pure-Electric Range: 60KM

Suspension, Brakes, Wheels  & Tyres

The Tourbillon ditches the Chiron’s steel double wishbone suspension for a completely new multi-link system. The key highlight here is the 3D-printed aluminium components used extensively. It is 45% lighter compared to the Chiron’s suspension. Providing confidence behind the wheel are carbon ceramic braking and bespoke Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tyres.

Design & Aero Upgrades

The Bugatti Tourbillon boasts a sculpted design that nods to Bugatti’s heritage while hinting at its power. The horseshoe grille is wider for better cooling, and the central ridge remains a stylish and functional feature. The two-tone paintwork continues the Bugatti tradition. 

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Aerodynamics are a priority, with every surface optimised for airflow and cooling. An active rear wing likely adjusts for downforce, and a hidden wing design is a possibility.  A massive rear diffuser aids downforce, while air inlets strategically manage thermal performance.

Interior Upgrades

Exquisite hand-stitched leather accents and unique design elements showcase Bugatti’s renowned craftsmanship. Premium materials like leather, Alcantara, and carbon fibre create an opulent feel. 

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A minimalist design keeps things clean and driver-focused. While details are scarce, a digital instrument cluster and hidden infotainment system with Apple CarPlay compatibility are possibilities. Lightweight, electronically adjustable seats with heating and ventilation will provide comfort.

Bugatti Tourbillon In The UAE

Like all other Bugatti masterpieces that have gained the most attention over the years, the Tourbillon will be no different when launched in the UAE. It is expected to be priced at around AED 17 million.

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