Bugatti's new £3.2m hypercar: Tourbillon to arrive in 2026 with 1,800hp HYBRID power

Bugatti has revealed its Tourbillon hybrid hypercar - built on 'timelessness'  and due on the road in 2 yearsProduction limited  to 250 units and prices will start at £3.21million for those wealthy enough to afford oneThe Chiron successor will produce 1,800hp from its hybrid setup - and be able to go 37 miles in electric mode

Bugatti is celebrating 20 years of hyper sports cars by unleashing on the world an 'incomparable masterpiece'  - the 1,800hp Tourbillon.

The new generation hypercar from France's most exclusive automaker has been unveiled in a live stream event called pour l’éternité (for eternity).

The main talking point is the Tourbillon’s the hybrid powertrain and V16 naturally aspirated engine.

The Chiron successor won't be delivered until 2026, and only 250 examples will be built. Named after a Swiss-French watchmaking patent, the name inspires the same consistent time-keeping and original, complex and beautiful creation Bugatti prides itself on.

If you're planning on saving up over the next two years, then you're going to need the world's best interest rate - prices start at €3.8million - so just over £3.21million for us Britons.

Bugatti is celebrating 20 years of hyper sports cars by unleashing on the world an 'incomparable masterpiece' - the 1,800hp Tourbillon

Bugatti is celebrating 20 years of hyper sports cars by unleashing on the world an 'incomparable masterpiece' - the 1,800hp Tourbillon

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The Chiron successor won't be delivered until 2026, and only 250 examples will be built. It will cost at least £3.21 million

The Chiron successor won't be delivered until 2026, and only 250 examples will be built. It will cost at least £3.21 million

Named after a Swiss-French watchmaking patent, the name inspires the same consistent time-keeping and original, complex and beautiful creation Bugatti prides itself on

Named after a Swiss-French watchmaking patent, the name inspires the same consistent time-keeping and original, complex and beautiful creation Bugatti prides itself on

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Bugatti's been teasing the automotive world with tidbits about its Chiron successor for the last couple of weeks, with CEO Mate Rimac saying the V16 is naturally aspirated to make it as 'emotional' as possible.

Now we can reveal the all-new 8.3-litre V16 - engineered with the help of Cosworth - is paired with a front e-Axle with two electric motors and one rear axle-mounted electric motor, which Bugatti says follows in the footsteps of the 'benchmark' W16 engine.

The Tourbillon's 'internal combustion engineering, paired with the immediate torque and flexibility of electric motors' is 'next-generation', serving up 1,800hp.

That's 1,000 from the combustion engine and 800hp from the electric motors.

The motors are powered by a 25kWh battery housed in the central tunnel behind the passengers.

The Veyron had four turbochargers to reach 1,001hp, so the V16 being naturally aspirated is 'an extraordinary achievement' Bugatti says.

CEO Mate Rimac says the V16 is naturally aspirated to make it as 'emotional' as possible

CEO Mate Rimac says the V16 is naturally aspirated to make it as 'emotional' as possible

The all-new 8.3-litre V16 - engineered with the help of Cosworth - is paired with a front e-Axle with two electric motors and one rear axle-mounted electric motor

The all-new 8.3-litre V16 - engineered with the help of Cosworth - is paired with a front e-Axle with two electric motors and one rear axle-mounted electric motor

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Expect four-wheel drive (for a very adventurous cash happy owner), full torque-vectoring and an all-electric range of 37 miles.

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Bugatti says it defies expectations in the automotive industry that 'each new model is heavier than its predecessor, especially in the case a new model adds a hybrid powertrain or more performance'.

Yet with just a 225kg engine, electric powertrain and large battery pack the Tourbillon weighs less than the Chiron - 'a testament to incredible engineering'.

The Tourbillon also has an entirely new chassis and next-generation weight-saving carbon body structure, front composite airducts and a lighter stiffer 3D-printed structural base. The 3D-printed aluminium suspension has saved 45 per cent in weight compared to the Chiron.

Emilio Scervo, Bugatti CTO, commented: 'It was important to us that this car retained that pure and raw analogue feel of a naturally aspirated combustion engine, while pairing it with the agility and ability provided by electric motors.'

The looks are classic Bugatti, with Mate Rimac saying his and the design team's 'guiding path' were Ettore Bugatti's mantras 'if comparable it is no longer a Bugatti' and 'nothing is too beautiful'.

With just a 225kg engine, electric powertrain and large battery pack the Tourbillon weighs less than the Chiron - 'a testament to incredible engineering'

With just a 225kg engine, electric powertrain and large battery pack the Tourbillon weighs less than the Chiron - 'a testament to incredible engineering'

The looks are classic Bugatti, with Mate Rimac saying his and the design team's 'guiding path' were Ettore Bugatti's mantras 'if comparable it is no longer a Bugatti and 'nothing is too beautiful'

The looks are classic Bugatti, with Mate Rimac saying his and the design team's 'guiding path' were Ettore Bugatti's mantras 'if comparable it is no longer a Bugatti and 'nothing is too beautiful'

t's around the four Bugatti historic design elements: the horseshoe grille (namely from the Type 35), the Bugatti Line, the central ridge and the dual colour split

t's around the four Bugatti historic design elements: the horseshoe grille (namely from the Type 35), the Bugatti Line, the central ridge and the dual colour split

And following the Tourbillon concept of timelessness, the design 'will never age'. It's around the four Bugatti historic design elements: the horseshoe grille (namely from the Type 35), the Bugatti Line, the central ridge and the dual colour split.

The horseshoe is the locking heart of the design, with all lines flowing out from there. ‘Shaped by speed’ the Tourbillon is focused around aerodynamics and thermodynamics, with the submerging rear wing, a climbing diffuser from behind the passenger cabin, left and right flying fenders and the sculpted frontal overhang which also houses a frunk storage compartment.

Frank Heyl, Bugatti Director of Design, said: ‘Ever since Jean Bugatti began to apply bold dual-tone paintwork to his cars, it has become an important part of Bugatti design DNA, and in the Tourbillon, we evolve it once more in an authentic but modern way.’

Inside and out, it's designed so ¿the Tourbillon will be concours d¿elegance lawns not just in 10 years but perhaps in 100 years'

Inside and out, it's designed so ‘the Tourbillon will be concours d’elegance lawns not just in 10 years but perhaps in 100 years'

For maximum comfort and lightness the seats don¿t move, instead the pedal box comes to you, which allows for more interior space

For maximum comfort and lightness the seats don’t move, instead the pedal box comes to you, which allows for more interior space

Bugatti’s taking a firm stance against very modern tech-happy interiors with its multimillion-pound hyper car, saying it will focus on imagining ‘the Tourbillon on concours d’elegance lawns not just in 10 years but perhaps in 100 years’.

In doing so the design follows a horology analogue experience.

The instrument cluster has been designed and built by Swiss watchmakers, with 600 parts including titanium and gemstones - ‘an intricately engineered masterpiece’.

The fixed hub steering wheel will rotate around, so Tourbillon drivers have an unobstructed view of their instrumentation.

There¿s only one screen in the car, which will only display Apple CarPlay and vehicle data and can be entirely hidden from view. it rotates both landscape and portrait

There’s only one screen in the car, which will only display Apple CarPlay and vehicle data and can be entirely hidden from view. it rotates both landscape and portrait

And there’s only one screen in the car, which will only display Apple CarPlay and vehicle data (if any Android users are putting their name down for a Tourbillon, it’s safe to assume they can afford to switch to an Iphone). It can be completely hidden from view.

The screen deploys from the centre console as a portrait reversing camera and landscape infotainment screen.

The centre console itself blends glass and aluminium and has a historic nod in the form of a pull-to-start-and -push-to-cease-engine-pull-lever.

The speakers use exciters to use existing interior space, instead of traditional speakers and woofers,

The fixed hub steering wheel will rotate around the driver's cluster, so Tourbillon drivers have an unobstructed view of their instrumentation

The fixed hub steering wheel will rotate around the driver's cluster, so Tourbillon drivers have an unobstructed view of their instrumentation

The instrument cluster has been designed and built by Swiss watchmakers, with 600 parts including titanium and gemstones - ¿an intricately engineered masterpiece¿

The instrument cluster has been designed and built by Swiss watchmakers, with 600 parts including titanium and gemstones - ‘an intricately engineered masterpiece’

For maximum comfort and lightness the seats don’t move, instead the pedal box comes to you, which allows for more space for ‘longer trips and daily use’. That’s some daily driver.

Emilio Scervo said: ‘We wanted someone to be able to take any piece of this car, from inside, outside or under the skin, and believe that it could be placed in an art gallery.

‘The result is a car which is beautiful inside and outside, the most powerful Bugatti to date which simultaneously elevates mechanical fascination and technical beauty to a whole new level.

The Bugatti Tourbillon is now entering its testing phase, with prototypes already on the road – super car spotters take note.

All 250 production vehicles will be hand-assembled at the Bugatti Atelier in Molsheim, following the final W16-powered Bugatti models, Bolide and W16 Mistral.

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